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Author Topic: Need a new group name  (Read 1751 times)

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« on: March 19, 2006, 10:28:04 PM »
Okay, this one has bothered me for years, and I haven't come up with a solution on my own, so it's time to seek help.
 
My homebrew has existed for over 20 years, since I was in junior high.  It's got a lot of good things in it, but it also has some... erm... leftovers from my more juvenile days, which I've been slowly purging.
 
In this case, I've got an elite, evil group of soldiers.  They're psions, trained from birth to do a few specific things.  Typical MO is to teleport into a place, kill some people, and teleport out (this worked better under 1E/2E psionics than 3E, but whatever).  These guys are the elitist of the tools at the disposal of a very dark empire of humans.
 
So, in 1985 or so, I decided to call them "Stormtroopers".  :sigh:  The name bothers the shit out of me, now.  Any alternative suggestions?  I can pass off the old name as being a localized translation, so no continuity issues.
 

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006, 11:45:35 PM »
The 3rd Imperial Mindstorm Dragoons

Give 'em a military feel.
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006, 07:46:26 AM »
I think Sojourner Jones has a good idea. Depending on the atmosphere of the game, such a military name might not have any connection to their actual powers.

Dragoons would imply riding into battle but fighting on foot, which is an interesting allusion to what they actual do--they may not ride a horse into battle, but they do "travel" to their destination.

Also, they might not be considered a military unit. So they might be attached to another government organ, like the Foreign Service or Justice. If this is something like Rome or the Byzantines, the agents might have titles like Tribune or even Magistrate. Also, there might be something more attached. State Tribune. Magistrate for State Security. Justiciar for Capital Crimes.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006, 09:43:23 AM »
The Shadow Knives.  So named because they emerge from the shadows, strike their foes down, then vanish back into the darkness.
I have a theory, it could be witches, some evil witches!
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2006, 09:54:30 AM »
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I think Sojourner Jones has a good idea. Depending on the atmosphere of the game, such a military name might not have any connection to their actual powers.

Hmm... Yeah, I like this train of thought.  Technically, they are attached to the branch of military responsible for the defense of the Emperor, rather than the army or navy.  It's still a military organization, but it may be a lot like a paranoid, psionic, "idealized" Mosad.
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2006, 10:30:30 AM »
The Righteous Inquisitors of the Prophecy
"God is dead" - Nietzsche

"Nietzsche is dead" - God.

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2006, 02:11:03 PM »
Black Hand

Red Shadow

Emperor's Hand

Talons
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2006, 02:24:24 PM »
Scry n' Fryers!

No?

'Port n' Mort?

Hmmm....

Other people have likely heard mostly rumors of these guys. Chances are they haven't thought of a very poetic name. "The Empire's Assassins" would probably be how they're mentioned in hushed tavern conversations.

But what do they call themselves? Probably they believe in what they're doing. They might give themselves a name that is noble and inspiring. Maybe "Enlighteners." They view themselves as bringing forth truth and illumination by eliminating ideas (and the people who spread them) which oppose the Empire.
Next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways, it's still rock and roll to me.

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2006, 02:38:21 PM »
The Bringers, as in bringers of death.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2006, 05:24:20 PM »
The Pwnanators

or

The Red Guard!
at the moment of sacrifice let no blood be spilled!

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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2006, 06:33:50 PM »
how about just an "Eye" and each of them can have it tattooed on their forehead
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2006, 09:35:33 AM »
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how about just an "Eye" and each of them can have it tattooed on their forehead

That might have a negative impact on the sleeper agents.  I like the simplicity of the name, though.
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2006, 04:53:48 PM »
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That might have a negative impact on the sleeper agents.  I like the simplicity of the name, though.



hmm maybe a magic tattoo that only the members can see, and only apears to normal people before they are about to die (you can have a witness, such as a servant, witness this and start the gossip ball rolling) and then you can have wantabe's with a false tattoo
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2006, 09:16:08 PM »
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hmm maybe a magic tattoo that only the members can see, and only apears to normal people before they are about to die (you can have a witness, such as a servant, witness this and start the gossip ball rolling) and then you can have wantabe's with a false tattoo
Could be interesting. A sort of "By the time you see the mark, you're already dead" thing.
 

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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2006, 09:43:18 PM »
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Could be interesting. A sort of "By the time you see the mark, you're already dead" thing.



yeah, and then you add in gossip of people who may or may not have seen them and people dont have a clue on what exactly to fear, but they still live in some fear...
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