I may have mentioned parts of this story and the entire thing in earlier posts. Since the Callindor family is appearing Allure of the Gypsies, I’m going to share the story of how they came about. At least, how the famous surname appeared because I never planned on Luke’s family appearing in the story.
Legends of Windemere is based off a Dungeons & Dragons game that I got into during my Freshman semester of college. I can from a goofy, hack ‘n slash gaming background, so this was my first deep character. I made a half-elven warrior and immediately went for the Ranger class. For a name, I scrawled ‘Luke’ on the top of my character sheet and that’s where he stayed. He was simply ‘Luke’ for a full year before we reached a fork in the road of the game. That fork was nearly everyone leaving the game and the gamemaster deciding to investigate Luke’s background.
Prior to this, I never mentioned the reason for Luke running away from home and nobody asked. Now, I was being given pieces of information to run with and told that I needed to put some extra work in. Primarily, I needed to create a last name over a weekend or it would be done for me. I didn’t like the idea of such a personal thing being taken out of my hands. I thought all weekend for a name. Combed through student listings to see if anything caught my eye. Combined words to see if anything made sense. Luke Morningdew? Luke Wolffang? Dear god, there were some terrible ones and I ended the weekend with only a vague idea.
It gets fuzzy here because I sort of remember having it on the tip of my tongue, but the name didn’t really coalesce until I got to the game session:
That game sessions Vixen Callindor, Ilan Callindor, and Talos ‘Doubleblade’ Callindor were introduced. Luke’s life was never the same.
So, anybody have an interesting story behind a fictional character’s name?