I'm currently working on a piece of short fiction was thinking about Argonian names. As most of you are probably aware, Argonians are probably the most mysterious of the races typically associated with the Elder Scrolls. Their culture and history have been long obscured by the impenetrable swamps of Blackmarsh, so much to the point that we really know very little about them.
Edited by ShedsHisTail on May 28, 2014 6:48PM
As a result, I'm turning to community opinion to seek answers to a couple of questions regarding Argonian names.
Firstly, there are two separate naming methods in Argonian culture. The common name; typically a single word proper noun not so much different than other cultures. And the symbolic name, the hyphenates typically associated with Argonian culture (Walks-in-Ash, Stands-in-Shade, etc.).
The questions I'm considering are; what determines which manner of name an Argonian receives?
Is it parental preference?
Or is one ceremonial?
Or is it indicative of a cultural/social divide; is one a high-born name and the other more primitive?
Are the common names more prevalent in Argonians who live in closer proximity to other races?
Do the symbolic names indicate an Argonian who might have grown up in the deeper reaches of Blackmarsh?
Do these names relate to the Hist in any way?
In the case of Symbolic names; are they granted at birth? Or later in life when the symbolism is relevant?
Does an Argonian's name change? ie: Are they born with a common name and granted a symbolic one down the line for some reason? Or vice versa?
I've got some ideas about how I want to handle this, but I'd like to hear some opinions before tainting the waters with my own opinions. I'm eager to hear your thoughts.
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