Character of the Week: Fantasy Commander Names

This highest ranking official sounds like she could kick butt, and needs a name.

The Writer Describes the Character

Female, 54
She was born and raised in the capitol of a large country (in a low-magic fantasy world with early Renaissance technology), and fairly poor. Raised by her mother, she was the middle of three children. One brother is two years older and currently works as a laborer; the other was a year younger and died young.
She is currently the highest ranking official of a small semi-autonomous state-like region well removed from the capitol where she was born. She is deliberate, authoritative, and diligent with tendencies towards taskmaster. Though she never asks for the opinions or approval of those she commands, her good work has made her respected and trusted among the other characters. She can and will keep important secrets from others without any qualms, and expects no objections about it. She will always do what she feels is best for the region, and (to her) most of it depends on herself.
The other characters she interacts with are a wide variety of people of varying ages and places of origin. To name a few: Sarotarra (Saro), Ten, Conrad, Kimberley (Kim), Eli, Petyr, Zera, Honnoratus. Some have family names, some don’t. Larger families are more likely to have them, so it is unlikely that she will. Some who do have them don’t use them; they aren’t really necessary.

With the wide variety of names in this fantasy world, I focused on finding a name for her that would somewhat indicate her age and would have an almost regal strength to it. She seems to be a combination military and political leader, and I wanted her name to indicate that.

My Reply to the Writer

  • Charmaine
  • Vonda
  • Letha
  • Jacqueline
  • Rosalind

The writer replied: I really like the sound of Charmaine (I’ll be keeping that name in the back of my mind), but I like Rosalind even more. At last she has a name! Thanks a ton!


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