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I Don't Like My Name


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Grand Lodge ***

Shakespeare wrote:
O, be some other name! What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

So I have this character. I kinda like him. He's fun. I rolled him up at a convention and picked a name out of a hat to use, which no one remembered so I ended up using what he was called. Now I hate it. Not just the name he ended up being called, but the original name just isn't him.

Can I rename him? I know I can remake any aspect of a character prior to achieving 2nd level, but he's 5th. Is the name important? If not, is it unimportant enough I can change it?

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Lieutenant, Australia—Melbourne aka KestlerGunner

Sure, why not?

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Dust Raven wrote:
Can I rename him?

Gawds no. That would be akin to reskinning your character and no one wants to have that conversation again...

that was sarcasm people, sheesh ;-)

Shadow Lodge *

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

From an RP standpoint the character could come up with a Moniker to refer to themselves as, or develop an alias, you may also consider looking into titles from the field guide.

Officially, I do not believe you can actually change the character's name without a rebuild, however the character can refer to themselves as something else, and introduce themselves as something other then their given name. The character may even take action to get their name legally changed if such an action can be taken in their country of origin, and if the society would recognize it, however even if this happens, whatever name the character had is the name they were born with.

Basically, you may need a RP reason for the name change, if you don't RP this is obviously less important, but the character's name on the sheet and for reporting probably shouldn't be changed.

Andoran ***

I sometimes find that the name the player used is different than what comes up when recording the event. call him what you want, it's the number that is important, and faction.

Andoran *****

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I don't see why you couldn't rename your character.

Other than it might get confusing for some or what not.

You could even come up with an in-character reason too.

Fred the Smith: "Guys, stop calling me Fred, my name is now Balkazar the Magnificent"

Merisiel: "Um, ok sure thing Fred."

Balkazar: <fingers in ears> "Not list-en-ing, names not Fre-ed"

Merisiel: <rolls eyes> "Fine," <finger quotes> "Balkazar the Magnificent <end finger quotes>, you're standing in my pony's poop..."

Balkazar: "oh."

Cheliax ****

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It was my opinion that a character's name should change throughout his career. Start with something simple: first name and the name of his village. Then as he performs deeds and accumulates titles, he gets to decide how people refer to him.

Part of being a hero is having a cool name, after all.

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I don't think it's a real issue if you change the name. Just be sure you can change it online AND that you note the change on your next Chronicle sheet and have the GM initial it.

If you can't edit the name online, then you really need to keep using that name on the tracking sheets, but nothing prevents you from using a nickname at the table. It is just the tracking sheet and Chronicle sheet that have to match the online name.

I think.

Sczarni ***

Well, Mr. Raven, I had an issue with one of my characters. I was a Synthethist Summoner who had a Platypus miniature. I was Platycore, who fought for Truth, Justice and the Andoran way! My gear perfectly matched my mini and I was a super hero who would fly to right rights and stop slavery. Unfortunately the class was banned.

You see Platycore was a puny human who was always bullied. He couldn't do much until he was visited by the noble Platypus Spirit. This spirit saw the heart of Platycore and decided that if the two could merge the Good Fight would have a stalwart warrior. Platcore always stockpiled scrolls of Evolution Surge (aka scrolls on how to do EXACTLY what was needed whenever it was needed.) He could do anything! But then... it happened.

The Divine Platypus Spirit and the Arcane Platycore finally became one entity (as synthethists were banned.) This fusion of Arcane and Divine energies modified Platycore. He now knows that there is no real right or wrong, and that a name means nothing. So you can call him Jack (of all trades since i have a skill point in EVERYTHING.)

The moral of the story is that even though I still put Platycore down on sign in sheets and the like I introduce my character as Jack, quickly following up with a name like Shirlie or something because it doesn't matter.

Silver Crusade *

Mergy wrote:

It was my opinion that a character's name should change throughout his career. Start with something simple: first name and the name of his village. Then as he performs deeds and accumulates titles, he gets to decide how people refer to him.

Part of being a hero is having a cool name, after all.

I personally went the route of describing myself with a moniker, namely "Oracle of Sarenrae", as I am not exactly fond of the fact that I am Chelish, a circumstance of my birth I suppose. Ever since Aroden's death, these people have gone to hell, literally. Not that I introduce myself as an Oracle of Sarenrae all of the time, you never know who is listening, and being Chelish, I know that sometimes it is better to hide what I am and who I worship.

Not long ago, I ran into a fellow who referred to themselves as "Captain Dancing Bones" I don't know what she was on, but if that's what she wanted to call herself, far be it from me to stop her, so we called her bones, but oddly, she never once said "He's dead Jim."

Qadira ****

Galactic president superstar mcawesomevile.

my characters name changes with deeds and titles, for now im a trade prince of Qadira :D

Silver Crusade **

On the tracker, I write Tsusoku. In-game, I introduce myself as whoever I THINK I am. Even if that guy is the person who just got introduced before me.

I mean, what class do you think a guy who carries 2 holy symbols, a Greatsword, a tower shield, and (Famacile) Heavy Armour is? Clearly not an arcane caster.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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In order to do this, you will need to go to the District Court in Absalom and fill out a bunch of paperwork. A magistrate will review your application and approve or deny it based on the eloquence of your words.

Feel free to use us as a sounding board as you write your impassioned plea.

Silver Crusade **

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"Thomas, the Tiefling Hero!"

From character creation onward.

Osirion *

Platycore, or call me Jack wrote:
The moral of the story is that even though I still put Platycore down on sign in sheets and the like I introduce my character as Jack, quickly following up with a name like Shirlie or something because it doesn't matter.

When they banned Synthesist I simply changed my character's name on the website and the character sheet.

For me name is an integral part of concept, it has to match. When my concept changed, so did my character's name.

Cheliax **** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

I suggest Ape with Hammer. Or, maybe Khopesh Katana.

I am joking.

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Platycore, or call me Jack wrote:
The moral of the story is that even though I still put Platycore down on sign in sheets and the like I introduce my character as Jack, quickly following up with a name like Shirlie or something because it doesn't matter.

Shirlie you can't be serious? ;-)

Cheliax **** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

Can I be Frank with you?

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I changed a characters name and haven't seen any issue from it. At first level you can make any changes you want. Simple edit the character. When I look at that character and the missions he has completed, it has his first name for his first missions and his new name for the later ones.

Osirion *

I used the Rebuild rules for this character. Unfortunately, I had participated in a PBP first and thus I am forever stuck with this name. It’s the one thing I couldn’t change in the rebuild. Ironic really. I mean I suppose I could call myself something else at the table, but I’m too OCD for that.

Grand Lodge ***

Todd Morgan wrote:

In order to do this, you will need to go to the District Court in Absalom and fill out a bunch of paperwork. A magistrate will review your application and approve or deny it based on the eloquence of your words.

Feel free to use us as a sounding board as you write your impassioned plea.

I've hired a Taldan scrivener to prepare the documents on my behalf. I'm waiting to hear back from him.

Grand Lodge ***

Thank you everyone!

The suggestions to use titles are really counterproductive. If I don't like [name] then Eagle Knight [name] or Silver Crusader [name] or (more appropriate to my character) Huscarl [name] is not likely to be an improvement.

As it turns out I can change my character's name on the website, and I've done so. From now on my ulfen bard of the Taldan faction will be known as Wulf Reinn.

Taldor ***

Hi

Andoran

Ulfen Wulf Reinn Sounds like a great name for a new Rockin-Bard-Band though - lol

Qadira

Dust Raven wrote:

Thank you everyone!

The suggestions to use titles are really counterproductive. If I don't like [name] then Eagle Knight [name] or Silver Crusader [name] or (more appropriate to my character) Huscarl [name] is not likely to be an improvement.

As it turns out I can change my character's name on the website, and I've done so. From now on my ulfen bard of the Taldan faction will be known as Wulf Reinn.

oh were did you find that i would like to find that for one of my own

Andoran ***

Andrew R wrote:
Dust Raven wrote:

Thank you everyone!

The suggestions to use titles are really counterproductive. If I don't like [name] then Eagle Knight [name] or Silver Crusader [name] or (more appropriate to my character) Huscarl [name] is not likely to be an improvement.

As it turns out I can change my character's name on the website, and I've done so. From now on my ulfen bard of the Taldan faction will be known as Wulf Reinn.

oh were did you find that i would like to find that for one of my own

Go to My Account

Click on Pathfinder Society.
That'll bring up a list of your PFS PCs.
To the right-hand side of each PC there will be a link named Edit, where you can change the posted information on your PC, including the name.

Note that the name can only be edited as long as you have not made more than 9 posts using that PC as your board alias.

Taldor ***

Dudeacles wrote:
Ulfen Wulf Reinn Sounds like a great name for a new Rockin-Bard-Band though - lol

I'm looking for 3 more ulfen vocalists so we can sound like ABBA.

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