Let's come up with some names for fantasy geography.Decent ones, mind you. Stuff like "Spine of the World" or "Shimmering Sea". Let's not overcook it - no cornball joke names like "Free Palatinate of Dyrwood" or anything like that.1) The Spice Coast2) Cape Desolation 3) The Peaks of the Sun4) Gravedigger's Pass
The Starless DesertThe Burning ForestHopesucker BogThe Gate at the Edge of The WorldDesperation Pass
When I was making a map for a friend I named something either the Cape or the Bay of False Hope.Can't remember which, but either work.
>>24969985The Stair of Penance
I recently thought of one called The Shallow Desert. It would be a giant flat plain of salt water the is mostly only about calf deep, but occasionally sinks all the way to your chest or as shallow as the ankles. There would even be a few oases where the water gives way to enough land to support vegetation that you can live off of and that keeps pure water somehow. I was also thinking of having small seaweed and fish populations, they just dont make for easy survival and its really hard to actually cook any food when there is literally no land in sight. I don't know how well it would work, but it seemed like a neat idea.
>>24969934Golden Palm WayFeng's RetreatLarkhall ManorIsle of Pearls
The Devil's KettleHill of SuicidesReaper's RidgeThe Iron WastesSlog Road Driazhek Desert
>>24969990There are heaps of places with names like that around Australia and the northwest territory in Canada. British explorers in those days were not having a good time in general>Lake Disappointment>Cape Barren>Mount Hopeless>Starvation CreekThese are all real places
>>24970108There's a park called Starvation Creek not to far from where I live.
Theres a place in russia that is pretty much this, except replace oasis rusty wrecks. It populated by flatfish and boat mongols.
>>24970118Was for >>24970058
>>24970118Damn, that sounds awesome. You dont happen to remember the name, do you, because stretch that out into spanning several days to walk across and it could make for a surreal little encounter.
>>24970108The Black Spur is a mountainrange near me.
Any good ones for Mountains?I have one range that's just called "The Shields" but it sounds kinda lame.Especially because there is a small forest at the base called the Shieldwood.And I really don't want to call the guardtower Shieldwood Point or Shieldwatch or whatever.
>>24970369Try to get a picture of what you want them to look like, and choose a name that describes that. Weathertop in FotR for example, brings to mind rainclouds swirling ominously around the hill.
>>24970311Aral sea, not actually in russia but the old union crammed in between all the stans. Used To be a real inland sea before man ruined eVerything. Fuck typing ón smartphones.
If its an imperial setting maybeThe Emperor's Throat (River leading into heartlands or something)Emperor's Crown for a large mountain maybe?
>>24970369Broken Teeth.Gambler's CragPeaks of PenanceEagle's RidgeThe Crane's Flight RangeDarkling Peaks
Slightly on topic, aside from Maptools, are there any good programs to help draw maps?
In the real world there are a lot of places whose names just translate to the local word for whatever they are, possibly the most egregious example being Torpenhow Hill, which translates as Hillhillhill Hill
>>24970731Australia reigns supreme againTownsville.
>>24970058You could have rocky outcrops where rainwater gets trapped in rockpools. That'd give you pure water, and you could have moss and small shrubs grow there.
>no cornball joke names like "Free Palatinate of Dyrwood" or anything like that.Reality wants to disagree bro. The Diet of Worms was pretty important in the history of christianity.
>>24971027>mfw its an actual thingfucking germans
>>24970731Hence why it's rather easy to find places that end in -ford.
>>24970108Dismal Swamp is an IRL good one.
>Free Palatinate of DyrwoodIsn't that from project eternity?
Glass DesertIt's really fucking hot.
>>24971881With lumps of black glass found littered throughout?That actually seems a fairly interesting idea.
the actual names of places is pretty crazy
I've always been really bad at this. Any tricks you have for coming up with these?
>>24972855Are those names translated from the languages they were originally borrowed from?
>>24971927No. It's 500x500 km of unbroken, hot, incredibly windy and cutting edge GLASS.Hell, let it be reflecting as well, just because it would be even worse.
>>24972855>Ironwood>Actually on the mapLolwut. I have family there, it's a tiny little podunk nothing town.
>>24972888A trick is to think of local places and use the etymology, or translate them more or less creatively in other languages (this one works better for non-english speaking groups, 'cause dnd-like fantasy always usese english geographical names because... because yes).
>>24972855Stink onions/Chicago is on a whole new level of awesome.
>>24973010Ohh kay, I think I understand. So say if I wanted to have a fantasy version of a place like Beijing, what you're suggesting would be to trace the etymology and translate it into a language that ISN'T Chinese. Right?
>>24972933Seems to be the case.
>>24973044In english Beijing is something like Northern Capital, so yes, it works even in the particular case. (yeah,japs and chinks love to name capital cities as Capital Something)I think the whole atlas(es) of true names exist in pic form, some anon should have it. I have them on paper, sadly, so no posting for ya.
>>24972933Yes. I can personally vouch for "Of The Monks", as I live there.
>>24972855From now on, I'm gonna call Chicago Stink Onions instead.
Lazy Man's PassRock-Tumble CanyonRidge of the GodsThe Accumbent PlainVillage of TreasureLost Puppy CreekThe Endless Glacier
>>24973184>Rock-Tumble CanyonIs this the dwarven equivalent of makeout-point?.
>>24972855>>24973015>>24973182Wikipedia translates it as "wild onion", though."The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as "wild onion" or "wild garlic", from the Miami-Illinois language"Although these onions are apparently a kind of garlic, so stink onion seems likely too.
>>24973203Or a gnomish amusement park.
>>24973184>>24970405>>24970083Seems like Westerns are the big thing hereFrying-pan FlatsOld Moose CreekCactus Jack's LookoutFlat-iron Ridge
>>24969934>Free Palatinate of DyrwoodHow is that a joke name? Looks legit to me or is their a pun somewhere I'm missing?
>>24973086Very good point, just look at Tokyo and Kyoto/Saikyo. You just had Eastern and Western Capital as the names for the capitals. On a relevant note, I've always been a sucker for having a massive mountain range far to the east called the Dawnforge Mountains.
>>24970369The spine of the world.
>>24973306>tfw you realise that Tokyo and Kyoto are the same word but with the "to" switched around.
>>24973306Forge of the Sun would also work there.
>>24972855>STINK ONIONSShame on you for not keeping this name, Chicago.
>>24973323Houses of the GodsMothesrkeleton (as in, Mother Earth's skeleton)Teethforest (implying the mountains are like the teeth that come from the forest)
>>24973323that particular name really was a masterstroke in FR. It sounds perfect, evocative and fantastical.
>>24973532In what sorry?
>>24972855>Indiana>Land of the Flowlands >instead of Land of the IndiansCould someone with more linguistic knowledge than I explain this?Also:>South Bend needs no translationheh
Wang Coffin Crossing
The Crystal Narrows: A small strip of land connecting two large landmasses. The waters to either side have jagged rocks jutting out from an underground cave network that contain very rare crystals of a valuable or magical nature.
>>24973203>>24973230Or where all the dice are made.
If we're doing the "translate the names literally" thing, China is pretty awesome.
>>24972933It's true. I grew up in and around "Blue Earth" on that map; i.e. Mankato, MN. Funny enough, there is a Blue Earth, MN a bit to the south of the town...Also, we lovely European-descended people took the name from the Native folks in the area, but we pronounce it wrong... mon-KAH-toe is how it should be said to mean "blue earth." Its most commonly pronounced MAN-kay-toe; which is most closely translated to "blue skunk"
>>24973276A palatinate can't be free.
Also, a map of Sunland.
>>24971380A diet is an imperial assembly, and Worms is jut a city. It's pronounced with a V.
Godsfall: A barren wasteland of black magic and undeath comprised partially of a god's massive, fossilized skeleton.
>>24975303>>24975212D'you guys have more of these? These are excellent!
Alchemist's ArchipelagoIslands of MisfortuneDragon's Claw Reefthe Forest of MirrorsValley of the Ruined Kingsthe Caverns of Futilitythe Mad Emperor's Folly
Fen's EndThe Stone CircusThe Screaming CavesMoldy ForestJawbone Mesa
>come up with names>put into google translate>pare down and probably mispronouncePerfect regions.
>>24975303>Map of SunlandI appear to have lost my .gif of Butcher Bill clapping. Please accept my apologies, and this instead.That's fucking brilliant. You could start them in 1,000 Leaves and run them up the entire northern island before anything would even seem remotely amiss.
>>24975785I'm also too stoned and jetlagged to properly attach a pic. FML.
>>24972951Don't forget that deserts are REALLY hot during the day and REALLY cold during the day due to little to no clouds or bodies of water that could isolate/store heat.So you'd get a reflective as fuck glass landscape in the morning, lava 'round noon, red reflective landscape in the evening and lots of brittle see-through glass in the night. Y'know, where it's already difficult to see stuff.
>>24975837Pretty sure that the constant and radical changes in temperature will have just broken most of the glasses by now, resulting in a non ending storms of death as wind blows over the Glass Desert and whips up the glass shards.
>>24976658Depends on how thick the glass is and how recently the glass was created. A mid-point where nothing can grow and glass storms fly across the land is probably best.
a world map
>>24969934Palantinate is a pretty good name for a state though. You don't see that used much.
Yawning CavernsOakling FenUnderbridgeLow MountainsOldwinterStarwaterTalltonThe TremblewoodsHearthsideEastenhamGamblethornAnglegreenMeadowmarshEnterford
sea of piss
>>24977083>Noblebright landI like this map.
>>24977083>Fatherland of the Unbribables
>>24977083>Tax Haven For Pilgrims
>>24977083>Town of Strangers>Place Where There Is NothingShit, we really suck at naming stuff.
>>24977083>TownTown, Good FriendFucking Australians.Also, Abounding in Bears beyond the Circle of the Bear.It's horribly, cringe-inducingly inaccurate, but I'll still show it to anyone who complains about derpy names in fantasy.
>>24978779>Nope, that's not an IslandWe kind of do.
>>24978779The Place Where There Is Nothing is probably the best name I've ever heard.
>>24978860'Ants' beats it. It's like naming your capital BEEEEEEEES.
>Here Are People!They should just name every place Nicaragua.
>>24978860That, and The One Who Never Sleeps actually sound like pretty awesome plot hooks for a fantasy game.
>>24978932>Remote Corner where Rough Grass GrowsThat one's just stupidly specific, though.
>>24977083Fantastic, I have no need of fantasy names now.
>>24977083>Footsteps of the Black One>Realm of the God of the Underworld>City of the Glorified OneDamn India, why all your names so badass.
>>24979345They had to make up for Sri Lanka's "Isle of Happiness" somehow.
>>24969934DunbarrowHalsphatBlind Daughter's LamentThe KnifeShark PointBellblossom SoundingGorgon's VaultEmbry's FollySnakebellyFallowfieldsFairport
>>24977083Nobody has mentioned barnacle goose yet?
>>24979600Kinda got distracted by the more evidently stupid names, like Africa's 'Stay Here!;
>>24973365actually, they're not. Kyouto is written as 京都, which means 'captial city' and Toukyo is written 東京, which means 'eastern capital'
Mediocre RidgeThe Wet SeaForestwoodEmpty WastesThe Dwarflands
I came up with several hundred of these when I was creating my world. A lot of them are [name]'s X, where X is a geographical point of interest and the name is a semi-popular fictional character's name with a few letters switched out.Not all of them, though. Let me list a bunch of the others while I have the map open:Mortwhip BarrowCloudrise TorAxetail PeninsulaTurnback PointFool's LandingSandseeker RespiteSrathi SandseaHoarfrost FieldsShivering RidgeGoretusk MountainWhisperwind TangleForgemaster's CruxOverwatch PeninsulaDarkmere ValleyThe Etched PlainsAzure CradleIllwind ReachThe PyrewoodArchitect's RestScaldwater PlateauBlackscale PeakIncendia TraverseVizier's LookoutTempest FieldsThistledown UnderforestLunos TorResolute StraitsNewhearth BrightwoodTristmoorThe RazorwoodRaincage FieldsTitan's RestHighborn ThicketTainim HollowShiversting PointTalobi SteppeAny names bearing resemblence to existing fictional or nonfictional places are probably like that on purpose, but I don't remember the exact inspiration from each name.
The Anvil - massive plateau revered as holy by the dwarves.The Witchwoods - haunted woods where the dead are said to rise from the grave.Field of Mercy - where a battle between two warring factions was stopped by the appearance of an angel. The harvest there is always lush and fertile.Big Jimmy's Amazing Beerporium - The best bar in the universe, hands down. No, seriously. There's written testaments from devils, angels, gods, and even odder hanging on the walls.
The Atlas of True Names is fucking awesome, and I may have to buy it.>England is called "land of the tattooed"
>>24977083I heavily doubt the accuracy of some of these, but it's a cool enough source of place-names that I don't mind.
The World's Teeth for a mountain range.
>>24977083>Abounding in Bears>Circle of the Bear>Sea of the Bear>Strait of the Bear>Great Bear LakeFucking bears.
>>24983459This assumes that "Arctic" translates to "bear." I doubt this.
A rather imposing mountain , tall and sheer, which (unusually for the local empire) kept the untranslated name of Ungoromach....This is because of the policy of translating place names into prosaic terms, but "Ungoromach" translates as "Penis of the Earth God".
>>24977083>Alaska>I don't know
>>24983500From Wikipedia>The word Arctic comes from the Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos), "near the Bear, northern" and that from the word ἄρκτος (arktos), meaning bear. The name refers either to the constellation Ursa Major, the "Great Bear", which is prominent in the northern portion of the celestial sphere, or to the constellation Ursa Minor, the "Little Bear", which contains Polaris, the Pole Star, also known as the North Star.
>>24977083>America = "Home Ruler"HA! Even the Map of True Names knows we rock!
>>24983500Arktos = Bear = Bear constellationIt doesnt mean "land of bears" as in literal bears. Arctic means the region is the direction of the Great Bear constellation.
Glassdown Flats was a city in one of my campaigns, and it makes its way into every single camp I've ran since.
>>24975212>Vietnam is Further SouthThat's awesome.
>>24983717So during the Vietnam War, we had Even Further South versus Less Further South?
>>24983717Sort of. It's actually "South of Yue." It's written in the Imperial records that the emperor at the time didn't like the proposed name because it implied that Yue was theirs, but he also wanted them around as a tributary state, so he reversed the characters. Thus, Nan Yue (South Yue) became Yue Nan (South of Yue), or Vietnam.
>>24983825And Yue probably translates into "South" as well, hence "South of South" or "Even Further South."
>>24983883Sort of. It's a bit like Southlands.
>>24977083>Go and milk!Oh, hello Africa, didn't see you there.
>>24977083>I go to the beachHow does a place even get named that?
>>24977083I need to make an evil fortress at Mount Gloom.
>>24969934I've archived this thread on /tg/, just so people can find it later.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24969934/Also, I had some names written down earlier to use for fey locations that would be perfect for this, but I seem to have deleted them. Darn
>>24985488Every thread is archived anyway
>>24973706it's two steps of translation:1. Indiana ---> Land of India2. Land of India ---> Land of the FlowlandsIndia is derived from the Sanskrit sindhu, which means river
>>24985513It's much easier to find threads on sup/tg/, though. When browsing sup/tg/, I will often stumble over interesting threads due to serendipity; Foolz is an ocean of mediocre threads with some good ones, and makes it less likely that future readers will find the thread if they're not looking for it.
The Hoarlands, realm of the Amaranthine Frost,
>>24985825That's a little derpy though. "The Flowlands" would be a more sensible translation. Literal translation will only take you so far.
The Stair Of GriefForest HeartValley Of Winter's EndHearthbriar WoodsThe Sundering Spires
>>24983502from which language?
>>24983304Makes sense. The natives were all tattooed warriors at one point.
>>24970108Don't forget Cape Tribulation
>>24970108>Lake DisappointmentIt sounds like they were expecting some kind of pleasure beach, and ended up with a pebble beach instead.
>>24977083>Great Sandy Desertlel
The Burning Sea.
Darkhold LandsShadowcutter MountainsHell CragSpearstone MountainsWorld's EndFrostburn LakeIcereachNightshade City
>>24985860>It's much easier to find threads on sup/tg/, thoughNo, it's much easier to find threads on foolz. It's more easy to browse sup/tg/, sure, because it archives based on content. Foolz archives everything, and it's all searchable.