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Name that River!

Post by Irongron » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:16 pm

Some time ago I expanded upon the river that runs through Bendir Dale, making both the Gorge and Riverbank, and out to sea via the foothills.

For an upcoming update I'm expanding on this yet further, and it occurs to me; this river does not have a name...

Or perhaps it does and I'm not aware?

So if know of a name of that has been used for the river, or want to make a suggestion for one, please do so!

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Cortex » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:18 pm

beerstain river

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Re: Name that River!

Post by thimblegiant » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:39 pm

Cortex wrote:
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beerstain river
He said Bendir Dale, not Brog...

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Xerah » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:46 pm

shyr is the halfling word for river that could be used in a name.

Like, just call it the Shyr if it is the only river nearby, I could see that being a thing.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Party in the forest at midnight » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:49 pm

Watershield River, it provides a natural barrier against all of the denizens of the wilds that would otherwise eat earthkin, like the nearby orcs and gnolls of the forest.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by ActionReplay » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:02 pm

thimblegiant wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:39 pm
Cortex wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:18 pm
beerstain river
He said Bendir Dale, not Brog...
Winestain River?

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Izaich » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:07 pm

The River Amblis, named after one of Bendir's first mayors, Lincoln Amblis. I especially like this, because rivers are known to meander, which is a synonym for the word amble!

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Re: Name that River!

Post by DM GrumpyCat » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:15 pm

Xerah wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:46 pm
shyr is the halfling word for river that could be used in a name.

Like, just call it the Shyr if it is the only river nearby, I could see that being a thing.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Mythic » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:43 pm

Ambliss Shyr sounds like a nice name for a river!
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Subutai » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:48 pm

I'm not sure on a good name, having not played a halfling, but I'd like to make a bit of a point in favor of a simple name. The charm of Bendir, every time I pass through, is the rural, idyllic look. Much moreso than any other settlement on the server, it has the look of a place folks would want to go for a quiet, simple life. It might not always be so, and halflings are certainly known for being daring and adventuresome, but I feel a nice name like "The Shyr", or naming it after some local common usage for it (what might halflings ship up and down on the river, or what kind of agricultural activity might it be known for? ) would really fit well with the peaceful names like "Bendir Dale".

Last minute idea: What about Bendir River, River Bendir, Bendir Shyr, Shyr Bendir (whatever ordering Hin uses). If Bendir is in a dale (a valley) it would make sense that the river would go through the dale. Bendir Dale is so named because it's the valley that River Bendir goes through, or vice versa.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by theCountofMonteCristo » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:34 am

I could get behind Ambliss River or Ambliss Shyr.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by woodbreeze » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 am

I like the simplicity of ''The Shyr''.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Red Ropes » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:52 am

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Kuma » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:10 am

Valtheran's Slave Canal
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Red Ropes » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:12 am

Kuma wrote:
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Valtheran's Slave Canal
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Opustus » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:59 am

The Bendir Brook?
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Huschpfusch » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:08 pm

River of the Namless (Halfling that drowned in it)... or better yet: "Rîvör" or anything ridiculous like that
becäuse äll nämes äre möre äwesömê (=hin) with stränge stûff ön them.
But joking aside, whatever name is ultimately agreed upon - would be nice to have DM event then that gives storybackground to name and also thus gives reason for characters to start calling the river by its name.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Seven Sons of Sin » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:10 pm

I think simple names give a more elegiac/epic quality, which is something I always lean towards. But I also like the sound of the Shyr.

Midriver.

Middle-river.

The Halfway, half-river, "the half"

The Westwardly (it flows west-ish to east), or the Westward, or the 'west-river'

Who are the founding members of Fort Bendir? Could call it "the Maliss." "the Ambliss", or "peace-river" after the Stonehold conflicts, which could be "the River Peace", etc.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Ork » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:35 pm

The Shyr gets my vote.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Durvayas » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:45 am

'The Ambliss River' gets my vote.

'The Shyr' is too close to 'the shire' and honestly we have enough LoTR bleed on arelith to begin with. lets not make it worse.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Dr. B » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:19 am

Where does that River start, anyway? I think in the Arelith forest, right? Or a I thinking of the wrong river? It would be neat if the source could originate in the Dark Spires, starting as a little stream. It might make a lot of sense to connect the Nexus falls to that river, so that the headwaters start near Brog. The idea of a river connecting the two Earthkin settlements is thematically interesting, and perhaps the river's name could take inspiration from that.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Subutai » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:37 am

Durvayas wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:45 am
'The Shyr' is too close to 'the shire' and honestly we have enough LoTR bleed on arelith to begin with. lets not make it worse.
I agree with this sentiment.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by thimblegiant » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:05 pm

ActionReplay wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:02 pm
thimblegiant wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:39 pm
Cortex wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:18 pm
beerstain river
He said Bendir Dale, not Brog...
Winestain River?
Or the Brandywine...somehow has a nice familiar ring to it. :)

But really, what would a halfling call it? Personally, I'm a little baffled by halfling culture in FR, especially on Arelith. Some people play them like Kender and some more like Hobbits. Are halflings fun loving, curious and almost child like, or brave and quiet homebodies? Would they name the river after a mayor that accidentally fell in, or after a legendary battle where they nearly lost their homeland? Or something simple like "The Shyr", which is cool, but maybe too pedestrian for a hin?

Sorry - no suggestions from me, just asking questions.

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Re: Name that River!

Post by Xerah » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:13 pm

thimblegiant wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:05 pm
But really, what would a halfling call it?
They would 100% call it the Shyr. This happens often with things in human linguistics. A specific city becomes The City. A big island is called The Island. The nearby forest is called the Woods/Forest/etc. People assume if you are close to something, you have familiarity with it and can shorthand these things to descriptive terms. This is doubly so in the case of something unnamed when it is the only one of the THING in that area. Even if it were to get a name now, people would call it by the other name for a long time.

Or it can just all be retconned to whatever.
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Re: Name that River!

Post by Nikko » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:29 pm

Subutai wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:37 am
Durvayas wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:45 am
'The Shyr' is too close to 'the shire' and honestly we have enough LoTR bleed on arelith to begin with. lets not make it worse.
I agree with this sentiment.
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