First, this character is named after Ionia of Readfulthings. She has become a dear friend even though we only met this year, 2013. So, I’m sure people are already jumping to the comments for one reason or another.
Now, the character of Queen Ionia is a major factor in Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies. This is where I start deviating drastically from the game this series is based off of and she is one of the reasons. The guy who ran the game loved ‘The Forgotten Realms’ and he brought in the famous NPC’s a lot. It meant I had to make variations that grew over time when they were major players in the plot. In this event, he used a popular character named The Simbul. She is a sorceress who rules some kingdom and is sort of deranged because she tied magic rings to her hair or something like that. Extremely powerful and I barely remember how she was at this point. I made her weaker and less unhinged while naming her Queen Tempest. This was in 2001.
I finally wrote Allure of the Gypsies in 2006-2007 and Queen Tempest debuted. I also noticed that I have a swarm of ‘T’ named characters. So, I’ve been trying to find a new name for her for years. Nothing clicked until this summer when I went back to the naming issue. By this point, Ionia and I were close friends with our jokes of cupcakes . . . and squirrels. Queen Tempest debuted alongside a talking squirrel servant named Zale (yes, he was Dale in the game) and things clicked. In fact, both of them seem to have a confident casualness and playfulness too them. In the end, the name stuck and she’s now Queen Ionia of Darkmill.
That’s the big story behind this character. In the story, she’s connected to Nyx and acts as another mentor to the fiery half-elf. Queen Ionia’s big thing is that she rules a kingdom city of magic. Darkmill might require its own post because it’s complicated. The basics are that the city is connected to the aura of the magic-using ruler and it changes with every new ruler. The citizenship are used to the city changing look and style and laws every 100 or so years. Again, complicated enough to need its own post.
Anyway, this Queen Ionia and I hope people found this tale of character naming interesting.