Today I started revising my first draft of the Parsantium: City at the Crossroads book. I’ve been through some of the notes, feedback and emails I’d gathered in the five months or so it took me to write the first draft, and have sorted them into some semblance of order.
I haven’t touched the text yet, apart from one thing I’ve been putting off. I needed to change the placeholder names I’ve been using for the lands surrounding Parsantium since 2008. This was a pretty big deal – I like these names and the players in my campaign had got to know them too. But they needed to go, because like many DMs, I’d nicked them.
Batiara is the name of the Italy-like land in Guy Gavriel Kay’s excellent Sarantine Mosaic series. and Rhodias is its capital, from the same books. Sahasra is the name of a cool Indian-style campaign setting from Dog Soul Publishing. Akhran is the name of a god in Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Rose of the Prophet series. These are very cool names. When you say them out loud, they don’t sound weird, and the players don’t giggle.
The new names I’ve gone with aren’t that different – if they were, I’d probably end up confusing myself! Let me know what you think of them. Batiara is now Bathura, so Parsantium was once part of the Bathuran Empire. Rhodias is now Rezana. Sahasra is now Sampur. I haven’t changed Akhran yet. I toyed with Aqhran and Akerhan but both looked wrong to me. Any suggestions, gratefully received!
While I’m on the subject of names, it would be remiss of me not to let you know about a fantastic site – I can’t remember who put me on to this, but I’ve used this website time and time again to name NPCs in Parsantium and in my D&D games.
How do you come up with names for your games?