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Post by Profjim » Mon Dec 20, 2004 7:49 pm

I asked this question on DZ, but got booted (again) before the answers came back:

What are the origins of the crit names in Drak? in particular the red NPCs?

I can use my imagination with some...such as "Ainus" but others leave me baffled?

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Post by Mars » Mon Dec 20, 2004 7:58 pm

Brad answered this one a long time ago, they came from many places

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Post by Ambrose » Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:08 pm

some clearly go together: keep macers named; Kukla, Fran & Ollie (for us old folks, I guess)

Cob NPC's: Beowulf, Grendal, Hrothgar (for us somewhat literary folks, I guess)

Nork NPC's: "oh,Dude! A hog!" (you'll know it when you see him)
and one of my faves "Dipustruoy" (for those of us who can't quite spell backwards)

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Post by Darge » Tue Dec 21, 2004 7:24 am

well, i saw a newer name awhile ago, but have yet to see it since, Barrabas, and yes it was an npc because i could see it
other npcs named after people, Frozbozena, specteros (not sure if im right on this one, havent seen it in a long time) , jimhall, and one other i can no longer remember
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Post by Crusher » Tue Dec 21, 2004 12:43 pm

Diputsruoy you mean?
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Post by Dragonslayer » Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:07 pm

I never even noticed that one, hehe.
Also some NPC"s named like the big bad mage wich sealed n-7, dwarkanath i think? in cob city, wich is kind of silly ;P.
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Post by barabbas » Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:16 pm

Then npc is named barrabas an imposter for sure, the real one is named
Barabbas and as you pointed out is rarely seen. The npc draws my wraith
every time as I's sure it draws the bara haters out there to attack.

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Post by Pipes87 » Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:36 am

Me thinks brad finds many npc names from player crits, as i have seen a random influx of "Anton"s running around cob. (Anton being a guildy of mine)
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Post by Darge » Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:26 am

am i a hater for one shotting it then? <g>
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Post by Morgar » Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:24 am

I'm certain that some of the names come from someone's high school days. Jim Hall was probably a class bully or jock and one of the original coders seeked revenge by arranging for him to die numerous times in nork. Mr Hobart was probably someone's teacher.

One name in particular I think was a mistake. Its not uncommon even back in the golden old days of computing to use simple front end software to populate data bases. Usually when they did that, they prompted the operator by placing some sort of reminder in the field telling them what should go there. Hence the npc named "name". Someone probably hit enter one time too many and never bothered to correct it.

Some of the names, like "dontdie" and "ohthere" seem to suggest brain farts on the part of the people naming the npcs. Others are more devious but I'm sure if you dug, you'd find some of the more ordinary names represent people in the coder's past, that the coder didn't care for.

Btw I've often thought that as an event award it would be cool to change an npc's name to match someone playing.
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Post by djcruella » Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:45 am

The one that always cracks me up is Hunanus. Of course the variations on Ethel - Ethelred, etc. are fun, but I keep looking for the Lucy, Ricky and Fred variations too.:p

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Post by Yeti » Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:56 am

some of the more obscure sounding names come from ancient mideastern history stuff

and for the record frozbozena isnt named after frozboz :D its named after frozbozena, a different player, or thats how i was told it anyhow <from frozboz, after i told him i oneshotted his npc :D>

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Post by Gizmak666 » Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:37 am

The name "ohthere" occurs in Beowulf. It's also the name of a scandinavian explorer, which is probably why it showed in Beowulf to begin with. It's a variation of Ottar or Oscar. A lot of Timmy crits are from Beowulf. The ma types seem to have Egyptian/Middle eastern names.

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Post by Ambrose » Mon Dec 27, 2004 8:08 am

Originally posted by Crusher


Diputsruoy you mean?
no ... it ALMOST spells it backwards ... there is a 2-letter transposition ... I may have spelled the NPC wrong tho

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Post by Rasker » Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:18 am

The developers of one of those big online RPG's, not UO or EQ, might've been the MSN one, named one hostile critter-type , a disgusting slug, the jimwilson, after a hostile reviewer.

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Post by cyclone » Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:34 pm

hehe speaking of names on npcs and other named critters
gabagimli was in part named after an old sysop named gimli and since gaba likes to talk and tell tales gaba(gabber)gimli fits that npc
also there have been times when i was in uppers and pillars and charmed a named giant that was named dumdum hehehe i was like hey dum dum drink this hehe

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Post by Andramelk » Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:30 pm

Originally posted by Ambrose


some clearly go together: keep macers named; Kukla, Fran & Ollie (for us old folks, I guess)

Cob NPC's: Beowulf, Grendal, Hrothgar (for us somewhat literary folks, I guess)

Nork NPC's: "oh,Dude! A hog!" (you'll know it when you see him)
and one of my faves "Dipustruoy" (for those of us who can't quite spell backwards)

theres a beowulf in final fantasy tactics
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Post by Gasthrax » Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:11 pm

i see "aquir" in sf as ih seller alot :P
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Post by Leersa » Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:56 pm

i always like "Ptahseeker" lets me know brad has some trekkie in him..Ptah is a Klingon insult the means coward.
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Post by Rygar » Sun Apr 10, 2005 2:53 am

"Seek the wisdom of ptah"

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Post by Tirith » Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:25 am

or... it could be Pathseeker with the a and t switched around.

btw, eeww klingon pfft nerd, ill stick to my elven language

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Post by Drewstr » Sun Apr 10, 2005 6:26 pm

I find it interesting that "Rakshasa" is an Indian demon.

In an Indian folktale he is "black as soot, with hair yellow as the lightning, looking like a thunder-cloud. He had made himself a wreath of entrails and he wore a sacrificial cord of hair; he was gnawing on the flesh of a man's head and drinking blood from a skull."

In other stories, Rakshasas have formidable tusks, flaming hair, and insatiable hunger. They wander about forests catching animals and eating them.

In the Hindu religion, the monkey-god Hanuman goes to the city of Lanka to search for Sita and he sees rakshasas of many varied kinds. Some were rather disgusting in appearance, others quite beautiful. Some had very long arms of odd shaping and were fat, thin, tall, and short.

Rather interesting, isn't it? The places were Brad has placed Rakshasas in Drakkar are rather interesting. Forests, Dungeons, and Tehruh. And, some of them have the lightning ability while others have assault. Isn't that just neat? And the Rakshasa "god" (reggie) is quite powerful him/herself! :)
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Post by Doro » Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:49 am

The Hidu's must have had problems then . . .

Fat, thin, tall or short just about covers all the bases.
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Post by Virag » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:42 am

Originally posted by Doro


The Hidu's must have had problems then . . .

Fat, thin, tall or short just about covers all the bases.
Because they have demons that come in all shapes and sizes?

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Post by Dragonslayer » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:03 pm

Originally posted by Drewstr

. Forests, Dungeons, and Tehruh.
You mean Nork prison ofcourse, Tehruh is the entire drak world if i recall it correctly, but that's up to brad to say i guess.
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