Names

A member of the Trenith (‘The People of the River’) receives two names in their life. The first-name or birth-name is given by their parents, is often taken from nature but just as often merely a collection of syllables chosen for aesthetics, and is merely a placeholder. Names like Vervet, Liana, Ibex, Brook, Obsidian, or Vendavel would not be out of place. If a name happens to be repeated (unlikely within a single village but not unheard of as people move about the river), the people represented are generally disambiguated by their mother’s name: ‘Vervet Liana’s daughter’ versus ‘Vervet Brook’s son’, for instance.

Birth names are deliberately kept neutral; an ill-fitting name is bad luck and so it would be unwise to truly name a person before their nature is known. Beginning at or about young adulthood, a person’s peers or elders may choose, by general acclimation, to add an epithet or deed-name, often related to their profession: ‘Vervet Guards the Temple’ or ‘Liana Turtle-Friend’. Members of the White Tooth Lodge and others who work with tech tend to have more evocative epithets: ‘Vendavel Earth-Shaker’ is a tinker living in Rigalo who projects have an unfortunate tendency towards explosion.

Names

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