NAME CHANGES

4.19 NAME CHANGES

In general, changing one's name is frowned upon. The thought that you put into
your name should be great enough that changing it is not necessary.  However,
sometimes a player is simply unhappy with their current choice. To change your
name you must have played less than 30 hours (we don't allow well-known
characters to change their names). When doing so, you may only perform this
action ONCE, so choose wisely and appropriately. Do not choose a name you are
embarrassed by or wouldn't want recorded in the scrolls of history.

Requirements:
      * Less than 30 hours of playtime.
      * Only one change allowed.
      * Change your name with the command NAMECHANGE <new name>.

Please keep in mind that, should your new name be deemed inappropriate, you may
be asked to change it again by the Powers that Be, in which case we will grant
you another chance.

GUIDELINES
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- A good name is new and original. Is yours something a mother in a fantasy 
  realm would name her child?
- Try to avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary. It's frowned 
  upon in almost all cases. (Reaper, Starlight)
- Don't use popular names from books, movies, et cetera. It doesn't speak 
  highly of your imagination. (Gandalf, Lestat, Squall)
- Trade and copyrighted names aren't good, either. (Coke, Linux, Smirnoff)
- Try not to use anything too commonplace. (Bob, Pete, Mike, Stacy)
- Compound names are, in -most- cases, unacceptable. (BlackRain, SithLord, 
  LadyofLight)
- Please, don't use names of Immortals in other realms, namely other Iron 
  Realms productions. (Caspian, Gaia, Mithraea)
- Types of names listed above, but spelled backwards, aren't going to fly 
  either. (Aearhtim, Thgilrats, Nevaeh)
- Slight variations on those listed above, especially variations of Gods 
  found in Imperian, are taboo. (Calyx, Starlyte, Skwall)

* Keep in mind that these are simply guidelines to save you the hassle of 
  having to use the NAMECHANGE command. There will -always- be exceptions, but 
  the majority of names found to be breaking these general rules will be 
  changed in the long-run. It's ultimately up to the judgement of the 
  Administration, and we often have to make compromises. Each situation is 
  different, after all.

Unacceptable:

- Names including curse words, profanity, racial epithets, and anything 
  generally offensive.
- Names with multiple repeated letters. (Xoraxxxx, Whoooooaaaaa)
- Keyboard jokes (asdf, qwerty)
- Mostly unpronounceable names. (Trgynstysntrg, Pwnfsl)

Here in Imperian, you -are- your character. All it takes is to consider your
name in the context of a living, breathing fantasy world - would it fly there?
If you happened to be passing the village blacksmith, would he be able to call
out, "Aye, KillerCthulu!" with a straight face? We think not.  Remember, every
player is affecting the quality of our world, and by keeping an eye on these
guidelines you'll find yourself in a much better position, with quite a bit
more respect received from your fellow Aetherians. We trust you'll put enough
thought into it to avoid any administrative hassles.