February 14th, 2012 | Published in Site News
I’ve put the finishing touches on The Forked Path, and so once I hear back from my first readers, I’ll have it ready for you. What was the hold-up? When I was working on it, I realized that I hadn’t properly worked out how last names worked out. After some brainstorming and discussion, here’s what I came up with:
When the island of Ansau was created, the founders worried that family and tribal bonds would break apart the fledgling nation. The result was the creation of the Vaarplikt system. But if an individual was to be judged on their actions rather than their heritage, more change was necessary. The result was the naming system that is still in use to this day.
Names have two components: a prefix that denotes a profession and a suffix that denotes rank. Examples of prefixes include Traas (Council), Olan (Merchant), and Vidr (Auditor). The suffixes are: no suffix (Initiate), N/En (Apprentice), A Journeyman), Ki/Aki (Master), Er/Or (Retired). So a Council clerk would be Traasen and a commander of the Auditors would be Vidraki.
The History page has been updated, with the new information under the Family Names heading.