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Charr Naming Conventions

Many years ago, the Charr were united in a vast Empire that was ruled by the greatest warrior they would ever see, the Khan-Ur. After his death, the Charr fell into internal warfare, until the Flame Legion’s oppression arose to control them for an era. Then came Pyre Fierceshot, and later Kalla Scorchrazor, and at the Plains of Golghein, the High Legoins threw off their oppressors, and began the work for a new age.

The Fahrar and the Warband

At the core of a young charr’s life is the Fahrar, or a form of creche or boot camp, controlled by a High Legion. Each Legion controls one or many of these places, and from each will be trained the next generation of Charr Soldiers. Within the Fahrar, an older Charr, known as a Primus, overlooks a group of young charr, forced together through common cause and trial. These groupings over time, after they have proven themselves, will claim a name that will form the basis of their Warband.

Warbands are charr family, and they are the core of Charr naming. From a warband comes your warband-name, or your last name, as a Charr. The name of a warband often implies its purpose, its legion, or what it is best at.

For example:

  • The Ember warband is good with heavy guns, explosives and overall killing Goldies (Gold Legion or Flame Legion).
  • The Ghost Warband is from the Ash Legion, and is trained in wet work (killing targets) and recon.
  • The Blade Warband is trained and excels in frontal assault, and wishes to prove itself above all others!

Warbands are often assigned a duty or oversee an general area within the Charr military. The Junk warband might be in charge of scrapping while another might be part of a mining contingent. The Warband name can also occur as a prefix “Fistshaker” and a suffix “Proudfist” with both Charr being in the “Fist” warband.

A Warband can have the name of other warbands, which means there are many Ghost Warbands, and many Blade Warbands. A name of a Warband is not reserved for any legion, except for that of the Primus Warband.

 

The Primus Warband
“The primus warband of any legion carries the name of that legion–Ash, Blood, Iron, and in the case of the Gold Legion, Flame. This singular legion is hereditary, but the leader must claim the name through blood challenge; a fight between descendants of the Khan-Ur, for supremacy within the legion.

Occasionally, non-descendants of the Khan-Ur join the primus warband, taking the name of their leader as their own, as is Charr tradition. But the leader of the primus is always a descendant of the Khan-Ur, the foremost heir of the legion, and their rightful inheritor of the crown of leadership among the Charr.”
-Ecology of the Charr

To be a member of the Primus Warband means several things. First, it means that you, as a Charr, are related too, or are a descendant of, the Khan-Ur. Second, it means that you are in the Warband, or the, “family,” of the Imperator of your legion. For this reason it is suggested that players avoid the follow names for their Charr Warbands.

  • Iron
  • Ash
  • Blood
  • Flame or Gold

To claim these names is to say you are above other players, even if it is unintentional. Not unlike claiming relation to human royalty.

 

Further Notes

  • Charr male names mostly end in a consonant, but may, in uncommon circumstances, end in a vowel. However, they never end in a double vowel (Dinky).
  • Charr names may use double vowels between two consonants (Vatlaaw).
  • Female Charr names mostly end in an open syllable, meaning it ends with a vowel. They, unlike male names, may end in two vowels (Balthea Havocbringer).

 

Archaic and Modern Charr Names

As the Charr have retaken their lives from the Flame Legion centuries before, and retaken Ascalon from the Humans, they have undergone a cultural, and partially linguistic, evolution. Where once they roamed in partial camps, they now reside in grand industrial fortresses and mechanical outpost towns. Over time this has led to a change in their naming practices, a change from the archaic, harsher names such as Hrangmar (a flame legion fortress), to the more modern names, such as Ligacus Aquilo (A waypoint in the Black Citadel).

 

The Older Feel of Charr Naming

Charr names in general have always been harsh sounding; names such as Vatlaaw, Burr, and Phang. These older names are of an oldertime, and while still prevalent, are slowly being moved out of usage. Names from languages such as Mongol or other Northern steppe peoples might offer a good source of names, especially with such terms as Khan-Ur (the mongolians have a related term, that being, Gur-Khan, or Khagan).

 

The Newer Feel of Charr Naming

With the evolution of the Charr race from the formerly violent barbarians under the Flame Legion, they have risen into glory and now lead with their clockwork technology. With this rise in technology and organization, the Charr have seen a change from the harsher names of the past, to more disciplined names for the future. More disciplined names for the Charr seem to favor a Roman (Latin), or even Greek flavor.

Gladium and those without Warband Names

Those without a warband are simply called Gladium, as they are the outcasts of the Charr race. Many who lack a warband might still carry the name of their warband, or in other cases take up a name of their own choosing. This is not to say that choosing a name of their own marks a Charr as a Gladium; only that many Gladium take such names. For even if a Charr joins a warband, they are not forced to take the name, only be a part of it. Few charr do in fact take up names such as Nemetes the Strong, or Galar the Quick.

As a Charr grows in rank, they might even change their names. Once in a low ranking, Blade Warband might become the Centurion of a higher warband, and thus take the name of the Staff Warband. Other cases show that some charr even take descriptive names such as Red Eye the Unholy, if they are high enough rank.

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