I think I explained this situation before, but it relates to the location naming theme of the week. The vampire kingdom cities of Nyte and Nytefall were created a little by accident and me being clumsy. I had come up with War of Nytefall as a series title to replace ‘Realm of the Night’. Then, I wrote Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince where Mab debuted and talked about the city of Nyte as the Dawn Fang capital. Yet, I made Nyte the home of Xavier Tempest instead of Clyde . . . So, why was his place the capital instead of wherever Clyde called home? In fact, why was the city called Nyte instead of Nytefall considering the title?
Answer to Question 1: Nyte is the city that the Dawn Fangs talk about publicly and allow the mortals to know about. They speak of it as their capital even though it’s more of a decoy. The real capital is Nytefall, which is really difficult to reach and known only to a handful of non-vampires. That covers that oops and it fits the secretive nature of the Dawn Fangs.
Answer to Question 2: Nytefall is the island city that Clyde created for the Dawn Fangs and he named it to piss off Xavier Tempest. Yes, I know it’s difficult to have a series where the two main locations are so similar, but this made too much sense. Clyde is a big enough of a jackass to do something like this. It means whenever someone says Nytefall, Xavier may briefly consider his own kingdom losing the war. It’s a name that can catch in the noble’s throat and hurt his pride.
In this case, I did a creative spelling of a common word (Night to Nyte) that was in the older series title. Then, I added ‘Fall’ as an afterthought and had to work that into the story. I needed a reason for the similarities and used the personality of the protagonist to get the job done. This is a lot of a back and forth in creating the location names, so it shows that you might not have everything until you’re coming to the end of the outline or first draft.
This even set up the two locations to be polar opposites in several ways:
- Nyte is found on the mainland of Ralian far from the ocean. Nytefall is an island in the Cerascent Archipelago.
- Nyte is known to mortals and can be approached if need be. Nytefall is a mystery and nearly impossible to stumble onto much less get to if you try.
- Nyte is a very dark, urban city that has a common architecture. Nytefall is a sunny, tropical island with a wide array of building styles.
- Nyte is protected by a complicated barrier. Nytefall is open to attack if people can find it, but it means facing Clyde.
All of this started because of the names. So, have you ever doing anything strange with your location names? Is there a funny story behind any of them?