Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Content Type: Gaming Guides
Basic advice in choosing your Skyrim character name…
A few nights ago, I had the privilege of helping a good friend create his very first Skyrim character. It’s taken a few years, but Jack finally got around to playing Skyrim (I guess he grew tired of me always talking smack about how great the game is). After I helped him set up a Steam account and loaded his copy of Skyrim Legendary on the PC, I pulled up a chair and watched as he started the game’s intro as a prisoner on the road to Helgen.
As soon as the Imperial soldier called the prisoner to step forward, Jack began the process of creating his character. He was familiar with my previous article The Best Skyrim Character: Warrior, Thief or Mage, (I made him read it before I came over), and he decided beforehand to play as an Argonian thief. He spent close to an hour fiddling with the huge number of customization options, refining his character to make him look just right (a thin Argonian with purple tinted skin and wicked battle scars). As soon as he accepted his character’s physical characteristics, it was time to choose his Skyrim character name.
Jack was stumped…
Choosing Your Skyrim Character Name
Creating a Skyrim character was more or less effortless up to this point. Jack had prepared before hand, and knew the race and character build he was striving for. He had a general idea of how he wanted his character to look, and selecting his Argonian’s eye color and nose shape proved to be entertaining. When it came to choosing a Skyrim character name though, my friend hit a roadblock and turned to me for help.
Now I’m not an expert in Skyrim names, but I gave him some basic advice:
- Pick a name that you like (because you’re going to be stuck with it for hundreds of hours of game time).
- Pick a name that will help your RPG immersion experience (goofybucktooth39 might work for an eBay account or game forum, but it’s a silly name totally unworthy of the Dragonborn).
- Get inspiration from a favorite fantasy movie, comic, or novel (for example — Lotharon from The Princess Bride, Sif from The Mighty Thor, and Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia are three solid fantasy names that if not chosen outright, will help get the creative juices flowing).
- Turn to the internet, and use a fantasy name generator (the absolute best can be found at FantasyNameGenerators.com — if you scroll down towards the bottom, the site offers a lore-friendly name generator specifically for the Elder Scrolls).
As it turned out, Jack chose his Skyrim character name with the help of the fantasy name generator. After selecting his character’s Argonian race, he was able to cycle through several exotic names that seemed fitting for a denizen of Black Marsh. He found several that he liked, but finally settled on Jee-Tan Xerseus, a name that he felt worthy of a simple Argonian thief who would some day become the fabled Dragonborn, hero of Skyrim.
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