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Prester-Zuul and Horde Zuul names

Post by Lord_Asmodeus » Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:31 am

So, I've become curious lately about the names for the average Zuul amongst the Prester-Zuul and the Horde Zuul. The Zuul at the top have names like Deacon and such for Prester Zuul and The Warlord, or the Plaguefather for Horde Zuul. Do most Zuul have symbolic sort of title-names like this, or do they have different sorts of names? Does a Zuul's name change as they grow in stature, and do all Zuul choose their own names, as they might not be given one at birth?

Basically I'm just curious about Zuul naming conventions and if they differ between Horde Zuul and Prester Zuul and if so, how much so? If this has already been answered elsewhere I'd be interested in taking a look at that discussion.

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Edit: Oh, and Horde Zuul don't care much about the females of their coterie, but Prester Zuul treat them as permanent partners, do female Prester Zuul get names?
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Re: Prester-Zuul and Horde Zuul names

Post by Erinys » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:41 pm

Horde Zuul names have three possible components.

1. Honorific. What a Horde Zuul calls you is a message. He is telegraphing his opinion of your threat potential, and/or expressing your personal relationship. If he has ever actually tested your strength and been bested by you, you have earned the title "Dominus" or "Master". If you are ranked above him, but he has never directly taken you on, he will call you "Lord". If you raised him from a pup, and have been his mentor and teacher, he will call you "Father". The only other honorifics that matter are "Imperator" and "Inquisitor" (which indicate your primary strength and role in life) or indications of your profession.

2. Personal name. There are a variety of Horde personal names which are emerged over the past several decades. Most of them are awarded by paternal Zuul when a boy reaches the age of sapience. The are only a few hundred known Horde Zuul names, so most of them are individualized by adding a third component, an epithet, which will distinguish one "Aka" or "Jakh" from another.

3. Epithet. Generally this is selected by peers or sons. An epithet is a distinguishing characteristic or mark. For example, a Zuul who seldom bathes, or who rolls frequently in carrion, might be called "the Filthy" or "the Foul"--he will also receive this epithet if his mind leaks any expression of sexuality. "The Ravenous", "the Insatiable" and "the Hungry" are fairly common epithets for a Zuul, but a Zuul with impressive jaws might be called "the Bonecrusher", while particularly large and powerful male might be called "the Giant" or "the Womanly".

This same pattern exists to some degree among Prester Zuul, although the number of personal names is much greater.

Honorifics for Prester Zuul include "Prester", "Elder", "Father", "Shepherd", and "Blessed", which generally indicates a powerful Sin Eater. The Deacon gave his followers the first round of Prester personal names, and many of these have become traditional now; Lucius, Thomas, Petras, Barnabas, Innocent, Abram, Levi, Enoch etc. are all very traditional Prester names, but there are many others that have been added as the empire has expanded.

Epithets for Prester Zuul generally indicate their religious affiliation or the stage that they have achieved in their spiritual journey. So a male called "Brother Jeremy of the Wheel" is likely a lower-ranking Zuul who follows a spiritual path which incorporates some Buddhist ideology. "Father Levi the Keeper" is a male with Shepherd capability, who has been tasked with the leadership and defense of a community; "the Defender" is another epithet which points to this responsibility. Many admirals and other military commanders are known by civilians as "Busthariel", "an angel who defends the people".

By contrast, epithets like "Peregrinus" and "the Wanderer" tend to indicate a Zuul who still has much to learn and who has been tasked to leave his home community and travel among the stars seeking spiritual enlightenment.

Epithets like "The Baptist", "the Witness", "the Evangelist" and "the Liberator" indicate extremely powerful Zuul who are tasked with telepathic conversion, either of Horde Zuul or of other species. If you are captured by the Alliance and hear that your next interrogator is a Zuul with such an epithet, it's time to unleash everything you've got to try and escape--because after you have a little chat with "Prester Barnabas the Witness", you will not remember why you wanted to escape. Or do anything but help the very nice Alliance achieve their very important goals.

The highest ranking Sin Eaters are given epithets like "the Cureton", "the Healer" or "Hazael", because they see into the sick and wounded soul, and cleanse and heal it.

Prester female Zuul do have names, but these are known and "spoken" (telepathically) only by their families and eventually by their husbands. There appears to be a lingering superstition--perhaps with some shred of truth to it, in a telepathic society--that a female's personal name has power over her, and makes her susceptible to command. In any case, strangers are not encouraged to converse with Prester females. The male is typically the spokesperson for any coterie, and females are seldom encountered by strangers unless they are on active duty with their husbands. If you penetrate so far into Prester civilian life that you know a woman's name, you are technically as close to her as her brother, and as entitled to call her "Asenath" or "Abigail"--so long as you're good at talking without moving your lips. ;)

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Re: Prester-Zuul and Horde Zuul names

Post by Lord_Asmodeus » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:22 am

That's cool, thanks for responding.

Given that much of Prester Zuul culture and spirituality comes from Humans from, what with their origin from the Deacon and all, what is the relationship between Prester Zuul and humans, especially Sol Force, since the Deacon escaped from Sol Force custody using humans to facilitate his escape, what's the relationship between the two groups now that the Prester Zuul are allied with the Liir?
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Re: Prester-Zuul and Horde Zuul names

Post by Erinys » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:20 am

I believe "chilly" is an adequate term.

Sol Force is less friendly to the Liir since they allowed any Zuul to join them.

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Re: Prester-Zuul and Horde Zuul names

Post by Sayeth » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:32 am

Erinys wrote:I believe "chilly" is an adequate term.

Sol Force is less friendly to the Liir since they allowed any Zuul to join them.

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Hmm, I assume that neither of the known existing races regards the act of Liir to incorporate Zuul into their society positively, right? It must be hard to see your best bro hanging out with the ugly guy who bullied you all the time when you were younger :lol:
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