Post by KingHarry on Sept 30, 2019 0:05:21 GMT
So You Need to Choose Your Warrior Suffix
So You Need to Choose Your Warrior Suffix
The time come in a roleplayers life when you must choose a suffix for your character. Be it a new warrior you are making from scratch, or as a clan leader, you are tasked with naming your future clanmates. These names are just as, if not more important than a prefix. While the first part of the name is historically given to a cat before they are really a developed person, the suffix denotes something personal an important. Once a cat has begun to come into their own, they are given a true warrior name that reflects who they are, or who they might want to be.
There are two ways that you can think of these warrior names:
1) Given to reflect the personality of the character, or their appearance. Things that are known and easily reflected in how the cat interacts with others and their world.
Ex. A typically pretty apprentice being named ___-flower, a fierce cat____-fang
2) Given to try and inspire a cat to having a particular personality or effect that they are lacking.
Ex. A cowardly cat being named ____-badger, to inspire them to be courageous.
Suffixes You DON'T Choose
-kit: This denotes the lowest and yet most precious of clan cats. They are kits; easily explainable. If you are under the age of 6 moons and need to be protected by your clan, this will be your name. During this time you are slowly beginning to learn who and what you are, and what you want to be.
-paw: You are old enough to be treated differently, learn what it is to fight and hunt, and yet there is so much you need to know. Someone once explained that being called a paw was because ‘at this point in their life, your PAWS are being guided along the path to adulthood’.
-star: If you live your life as a dedicated warrior, well then, you may find yourself being honored by Starclan and being made a leader. Again, self explanatory – this is a name you get when you reach the highest of honors. But it is a somewhat bittersweet honor – one could argue that by becoming leader, you are losing some of your individuality in order to care for the clan you serve. But hey, at least it comes with nine extra lives!
Suffixes You SHOULDN’T Choose
There is a LOT of freedom to be had with picking suffixes, but from other games and names, I have picked up a few tips and tricks. (Please note, this is just a guide and suggestions: if you do any of these things, it is your choice.)
1) Do NOT choose the same or a similar, re: redundant name. As fun as it might be to read, the idea of playing out a cat named Fireflame, or Blizzardsnow, is kind of…weird. To put it in another perspective, you wouldn’t name any other animal like kittencat, dogpuppy. Alternatively, do NOT use the same Prefix for your Suffix. If you name your cat Moonmoon, people are gonna look at them a little funny.
2) Don’t use contrasting names. If your cat’s first name is Black – even if they have white spots on them somewhere, it doesn’t really make sense if their final name is Snow if it is in reference to their colour. Snow isn’t black. (At least, not as far as I know…Global Warming IS a thing…)
3) Don't choose names from a similar category. If you have a cat named Tiger, it doesn't really make sense to give them another animal as a suffix. Even if Tigerwolf sounds truly metal...
I have gone through to make a few suggestions for suffixes already used in the canon books or on the site and provided possible interpretations for them: please note these are of course not set in stone. It is simply some ideas that I have come up with for years of writing characters.
-ash(es): A dark coat, or a flecked coat. Alternatively, someone who has a soft touch.
-badger: Ferocious, stubborn, brave and feisty. Alternatively, large and bulky in size.
-barb(ed)(s): Clingy, needy. Alternatively, spikey-furred.
-bark: Rough, unbidden and unpolished in nature. Alternatively, hacking and harsh.
-beak: Sharp and long-faced.
-bear: Large and bulky in size. Alternatively, good fighter yet somewhat dense.
-bee: Small yet fierce. May pack an unexpected punch.
-beetle: Small yet fierce. Alternatively, small glossy-furred.
-belly: Somewhat overweight. Alternatively, jolly.
-berr(y)(ies): Sweet tempered, kind and soft. May denote a good queen or possible healer.
-bird: Small, flighty - quick to flee and react. Good at climbing and handling heights.
-bite(s): Something to do with the teeth and fangs. Alternatively, snappish, feisty.
-blaze(s): Strikes fast and true; quick, like fire. Alternatively, a particular fur marking.
-bloom(s): Kind and soft. May denote a good queen. Beautiful.
-blossom(s): Kind and soft. May denote a good queen. Beautiful.
-bog: Mysterious, dark and dreamy.
-bolt(s): Strikes fast and true, then flees - hit and run.
-boulder(s): Strong and steadfast. Alternatively, large and unmoving.
-bounce(r): Hyperactive, sweet and optimistic.
-branch(es): Long-limbed. Alternatively, good at heights and climbing.
-breath(s): Soft-spoken and calm.
-breeze(s): Soft-spoken and calm.
-briar(s): Clingy, needy, hard to put down or destroy.
-bright: Cheery, optimistic and good natured.
-brine: Abrasive, salty. Alternatively, flecked.
-brook: Cheery and talkative.
-brush(es): Large, bushy tail. Alternatively, large in general.
-buck: Male only. Strong and fatherly, defensive of a large group. Regal. Alternatively, one who argues.
-bug(s): Small, quick and feisty. Good at gathering others to their cause.
-burr(s): Clingy, needy. Alternatively, spikey-furred.
-burrow(er): Particularly good at digging, or burrowing. Enjoys close dark places.
-bush(es): Large, bushy tail. Alternatively, large in general.
-buzzard: Dark, mysterious - somewhat shady. Scavenger.
-call(er)(s): Good at communication.
-catch(er): A good hunter, quick to move, to lend a paw.
-chase(r): A particularly good hunter. Alternatively, hyperactive.
-chatter: Talkative, gossip.
-chomp(er)(s): Something to do with their mouths, or teeth. Alternatively, fierce.
-claw(s): Something to do with their claws. Alternatively, fierce.
-cliff(s): Long legged and steadfast, stony.
-cloud(s): Soft, calm and breezy. Somewhat of a dreamer. May make a good queen or parent.
-coat: Something to do with their fur and coloring.
-creek: Strong and steadfast, able to form others with their actions.
-crest(ed)(s): Long-furred, or maned - particularly around head or neck.
-crow: Feisty, smart, and crafty.
-cry(er): Good at communication, somewhat emotional.
-dapple(d): Having a spotted coat.
-dash(er): Athletic, fast runner.
-dawn: Bright, cheerful and open to new experiences.
-day: Bright, cheerful, optimistic.
-deer: Even-tempered, sweet and gentle.
-dive(r): Athletic, a good swimmer or jumper.
-dove: A peacemaker.
-dream(er)(s): Soft spoken and easily distracted. Usually optimistic and willing to see the good in all.
-drift(s): Soft and sort of wishy-washy.
-drizzle: Spotted. Alternatively, easily depressed.
-drop(s): Spotted. Alternatively, A good jumper.
-dusk: Dark, Mysterious, and somewhat morally ambiguous.
-dust: Spotted. Alternatively, small and quick. Easily stirred to action.
-dwell(er): One who is most comfortable in a particular setting.
-eagle: Noble, proud, and fierce.
-ear(s): Something to do with ears. Alternatively, good listener.
-echo(s): Often mimics others. Alternatively, a good communicator.
-end: Sees things through to the conclusion, dependable.
-eye(s): Something to do with the eyes.
-face: Something to do with their face.
-fall(s): Good climber, attracted to the above.
-fang(s): Something to do with their teeth or fangs. Alternatively, fierce.
-fawn: Soft and sweet-hearted. Skittish and may be needing of protection and comfort.
-feather(s): Soft and delicate. Alternatively, long and wispy fur.
-fern(s): Soft and in tune with the natural world. Often good with herbs and healing.
-fin(s): Striped or oddly shaped fur, a-la fins.
-fire(s): Quick to devour and fight. Temperamental.
-fish(er): A good swimmer or fishercat.
-flame(s): Quick to devour and fight. Temperamental.
-flank(s): Something to do with their flanks.
-flash(ed)(es): A light, prominent mark on their coat. Alternatively, quick to act.
-fleck(s)(ed): Spotted or flecked in some way.
-flick(er): Prone to quick, sharp movements. Alternatively, indecisive.
-flight: Quick to flee and unafraid of heights.
-flint: Hardy and stony. Unemotional.
-flock: Good at rallying others and inspiring groups to action.
-flower(s): Kind and soft. May denote a good queen. Beautiful.
-flurr(y)(ies): Spotted. Alternatively, quick sharp movements.
-flutter(s): Quick, sharp movements.
-fl(y)(ier): Unafraid of heights.
-fog:Soft and mysterious.
-foot/feet: Something to do with their feet/paws.
-fox: Vicious, crafty and determined to fight to the bitter end.
-freeze/froze: Cold, hard and unemotional
-frog: Playful, strong swimmer, not bothered by life.
-frost: Cold, hard and unemotional.
-fruit: May be good at healing - sweet and bright.
-fur: Something to do with their fur and coloring.
-fury: Quick to anger, temperamental.
-fuzz: Something to do with their fur and coloring.
-gale: Strong and unyielding.
-gaze(r): Something to do with their eyes. Alternatively, connected to their spiritual side.
-gill(ed)(s): Striped. Alternatively, strong swimmer.
-gleam: Bright and charming personality.
-glimmer: Bright and charming personality.
-glisten: Bright and charming personality.
-goose: Long and lanky, somewhat awkward, but earnest and prone to lashing out.
-gorse: Strong and pricky, unable to be broken.
-grain: Good provider, strong and unbending no matter how the winds blow.
-gust: Strong and unyielding.
-hail: Spotted. Alternatively, cold and sharp.
-hare: Quick to flee to live another day, yet sharp and athletic.
-hawk: Sharp, violent and quick. Somewhat unemotional. Good with heights.
-haze: Wishy-washy, dark and mysterious. Alternatively, dark-pelted.
-heart: Highly emotional and in tune with the emotion of others. Caring and devoted to the greater good.
-hen: Motherly, taking care of others. May be good with herbs.
-herb(s): Soft and in tune with the natural world. Often good with herbs and healing.
-honey: Sweet and innocent.
-howl: Verbally combative.
-hunt(er):Athletic, and a good hunter.
-ice: Cold, cool and calculated.
-jaw: Something to do with their mouth or jaw.
-jump(s): Strong jumper, athletic.
-kink: Something to do with long fur, tangles.
-lark: Light-hearted, sing-songy.
-laugh: Good humored and a good communicator.
-leaf/leaves: Soft and in tune with the natural world. Often good with herbs and healing.
-leap: Athletic, sharp and good at climbing.
-leg(s): Something to do with their legs.
-light(s):Bright and charming. Bring warmth to others.
-lightning: Electric personality. Sharp and quick.
-lily: Beautiful and charming.
-mane(d): Long fur around the neck and shoulders.
-mask: Something to do with markings around their eyes or face.
-maw: Something to do with their mouth or jaw.
-minnow: Small, a good swimmer.
-mint: Soft and in tune with the natural world. Often good with herbs and healing.
-mist: Soft and mysterious.
-moon: Dark and mystical.
-moss: Soft and comforting, allowing others to unload their problems onto them.
-mouse: Small and timid, yet always there and listening.
-mouth: Something to do with their mouth or jaw.
-muzzle: Something to do with their mouth or jaw.
-nectar: Sweet and comforting. A good name for a queen.
-needle(s): Sharp and violent, quick to hurt. Alternatively, spiky fur.
-night: Dark and mysterious.
-nip(s): Something to do with their mouth or teeth. Alternatively, Sharp and quick.
-nose: Something to do with their nose.
-oak: Strong, sturdy and dependable.
-owl: Smart, keen minded. Alternatively, prefers the night-time.
-pad(s): Something to do with their feet or toes.
-path(s): Long line and stripes. Alternatively, one who follows a particular following.
-peak(s): Long legged.
-pebble(s): Spotted. Alternatively,
-pelt: Something to do with their fur and coloring.
-petal(s): Beautiful or handsome.
-pine(s): Spike furred. Alternatively, tall and sharp.
-plume(s): Long, luxurious fur.
-pollen: Sweet. May become a healer or good with herbs. Alternatively, spotted.
-pool(s): Deep and mysterious. Alternatively, large spots.
-pop: Bubbly, effervescent.
-popp(y)(ies): Soft and in tune with the natural world. Often good with herbs and healing. Alternatively, beautiful.
-prickle(s): Sharp, spiky fur. Alternatively, sharp personality.
-puddle(s): Deep and mysterious. Alternatively, large spots.
-purr: Melodious voice, soothing.
-rabbit: Quick to flee to live another day, yet sharp and athletic.
-race(r): Speedy, athletic.
-rain: Spotted. Alternatively, Angry quickly washes away.
-rapid(s): Speed, athletic.
-rat: Crafty, smart and adaptable. Not exactly trustworthy, but admirable in their ability to survive.
-reed(s): Long and thin. Alternatively, striped.
-ripple(s): Striped or marbled fur.
-rise(r) : One who is cheery, or someone who wakes early.
-river(s): Striped or marbled fur. Alternatively, someone who is calm and never seems to rest.
-roar: Violent, combative, and yet uses their skills for communication as power.
-rock(s): Stony, unemotional. Alternatively, spotted.
-root: Strong and connected to the earth. Steadfast.
-rose(s): Beautiful and charming.
-rubble: Stony, unemotional. Alternatively, spotted.
-ruby: Rootclan only. Steadfast, strong, precious.
-rush: Athletic and fast.
-scale(s): Spotted. Alternatively, good swimmer, or fond of fish.
-scar(s): Heavily scarred.
-scream: Verbally combative.
-screech: Verbally combative.
-scurr(y)(ier): Small but fast - quick to react.
-seed(s): Connected with nature. Alternatively, spotted.
-shade: Dark, mysterious. Alternatively, dark in color.
-shadow: Dark, mysterious. Alternatively, dark in color.
-shard:Sharp and violent.
-shell: Spotted, striped, or shell-like pattern (tortoiseshell). Alternatively, curvy bodied.
-shimmer: Bright and beautiful.
-shine(s): Bright and beautiful.
-shiver: Cold and somewhat unsettling.
-shrew: Small, nervous, but industrious.
-shriek: Verbally combative.
-shrub: Someone interested with plants and nature. Alternatively, bushy fur.
-sight: Connected to the ancestors. Alternatively, something to do with the eyes.
-silence: Quiet, not talkative, mysterious.
-skip(per): Athletic and joyful.
-sky: Connected to the ancestors. A lofty thinker.
-slash: Violent attacker. Alternatively, a large marking on their pelt.
-slip: Small and light, able to move quickly.
-slither: Small and quick, able to move quickly. Somewhat mysterious.
-smoke: Dark and mysterious.
-snail: Small and slow.
-snake: Sharp, violent and small. Dangerous, but often overlooked.
-snarl: Violent, argumentative, combative.
-snap(s): Violent attacker. Alternatively, something to do with their mouth.
-snout: Something to do with their mouth or nose.
-snow: Cold yet soft. Alternatively, white markings.
-song: Beautiful voice, good communicator.
-spark: Exuberant and joyful.
-spin(s): Quick moving, exuberant. Could be considered to be 'chasing their own tails.'
-spiral(s): Striped or marked in a special way - swirled or marbled.
-spirit(s): In connection to their ancestors.
-splash(es): Spotted. Alternatively, joyful and exuberant.
-spring(s)/sprung: Athletic, good at jumping.
-sprout(s): In tune with nature.
-squeak: Quiet, unassuming.
-stag: Male only. Strong and fatherly, defensive of a large group. Regal.
-stalk(er): Strong hunter, athletic. Alternatively, in tune with nature.
-stare(s): Watches other. Alternatively, pertaining to eyes.
-stem(s): In tune with nature.
-step(s): One who runs, travels.
-sting(s)(er): Attacks sharp and quick.
-stomp: Forceful, a cat with a heavier tread or step.
-stone(s): Unyielding. Alternatively, spotted.
-storm: Fiery and violent. Comes out of nowhere to be destructive.
-streak(s): Fast. Alternatively, large light mark on their pelt.
-stream(s): Calm and collected.
-stride(s): Unhurried, athletic.
-strike(s): Violent, strong at attack and defense. Athletic.
-stripe(s): Striped fur.
-sun: Light and mystical.
-swim(mer): Athletic, strop swimmer.
-swipe(r): Violent, strong at attack and defense. Athletic.
-swirl(s): Rippling, swirly fur.
-swoop(s) : Attacks on high. Alternatively, swirled fur.
-tail: Something to do with their tail.
-talon(s): Something to do with their claws. Alternatively, fierce.
-tangle(s): Hard to develop or discover. Alternatively, messy fur.
-tear(s): Heavily scarred. Alternatively, deeply emotional.
-thaw(s)(ed): Cold on the outside, warm on the inside.
-thicket(s): Sharp and violent, quick to hurt and hard to destroy. Alternatively, spiky fur.
-thistle(s): Sharp and violent, quick to hurt. Alternatively, spiky fur.
-thorn(s): Sharp and violent, quick to hurt. Alternatively, spiky fur.
-throat: Something to do with their throat.
-thunder: Sharp and violent to attack.
-toad: Squat and sturdy, unbothered by the world.
-toe(s): Something to do with their toes or feet.
-tongue: Something to do with their tongue or mouth. Alternatively, good at communicating.
-tooth/teeth: Something to do with their teeth or mouth. Alternatively, fierce.
-tree(s): Long legged. Alternatively, strong and steadfast.
-tuft(s): Something to do with long, shaggy fur.
-tumble: Athletic and playful.
-turtle: Small and slow. Alternatively, tortoiseshell pattern.
-twig(s): Sharp and brittle, and yet somehow incredibly strong.
-twist(s): Ever changing, adaptable.
-voice: Good communicator and talker.
-vole: Small and tender, a motherly animal.
-wasp: Small yet fierce. May pack an unexpected punch.
-watch(er): Someone who is incredibly tuned with others and their ancestors.
-water: Cool and deep, mysterious.
-wave(s): May leave to travel, but always comes back.
-weed(s): Into herbs and healing; stubborn and hard to remove.
-whirl(s): Swirling marble tabby markings.
-whisker(s): Something to do with their whiskers.
-willow(s): Long and lanky, nurturing.
-wind: May leave to travel, but always returns.
-wing(s): Looks to the clouds, and unafraid of heights.
-wish(es): Airy and hopeful.
-wisp(s): Light and airy. Alternatively, long feathery fur.
-wolf: Violent, sharp, but knows how to work in large groups. Shows no mercy.