About a month ago, I noticed that my wizard character, Edric, had a name that started with an “e” like two of my other characters (Eireen and Ena). When I originally came up with the names for everyone, I tried to have all the people who were related to each other share a first letter (so, as mentioned, Eireen and Ena are related, while Alea, Adalyn, and Albert, etc). So I’m not quite sure how I messed this up originally and made Edric’s name start with an “e” too. When I discovered this back in April, I spent some time trying to come up with new names, either for Eireen and Ena, or for Edric. Unfortunately nothing seemed to fit (and all of their names have been set in my head for so long) so I resigned myself to that mix-up.
And then I discovered that I HAD renamed Edric some time ago. I still have the map I’ve called “test room” with all the characters standing around in it (it’s the map I used to take the picture of all the Memories characters). And if you talk to Edric, his dialogue said “I was Edric but now my name is Godric.”
I checked out the meanings of both “Edric” and “Godric” on Behind the Name (I love that site for helping me find names for characters). “Edric” means “wealth, fortune” and “ruler” while “Godric” means “God’s ruler” (the “ric” in both names means “ruler”). From that alone, “Godric” seemed like the better name for the character, since he is a wizard who has power over the fortunes of humans, while also an admired or influential person (two of the definitions provided by Oxford). So I went into Memories and officially changed his name within the game to Godric. Thinking of him as Godric does feel weird though since he’s been Edric for so long, but I know I’ll get used to it.
(While looking back through this blog’s archives for the game, I actually found when I renamed him. But I guess that information never made it into my paper notes, and I didn’t correct the picture with all the characters’ names, so when I started working on the game again, he just became Edric).
Other than the name difficulties,
EdricGodric has been one of the easiest characters out of the whole game to find a voice for. Like Alexis, Alea, Albert, and Wulfric, Godric is one of the pre-made RPG Maker VX Ace characters. And from the moment I looked at his portrait, I just knew what he would sound like. Yes, I have made some changes to his dialogue here and there (especially when certain words and phrases end up claimed by other characters), but I’ve always been able to find a way for him to say things that sounds authentically “him” (lol, at least I hope I have!) Which is a really good thing, since he’s the antagonist, and his voice really matters! 🙂