What’s in a Name?
I have played many games over the course of my career. For the longest time, my gaming pseudonym was Rosaelyn. In fact, I went by Rosa until I started playing WoW. Rosaelyn was always a character that closely resembled me – human, pale, red hair. When I decided to become a Draenei, that did not seem fitting, since she does not resemble me physically near as much. (In fact, that is why I have a wee human Hunter named Rosaelyn now. Just to somewhat keep to the “tradition.” Even though she is not a healer…)
So creating my Draenei Shaman convinced me to change my chosen pseudonym, and I became Effraeti, or more commonly, Effy.
About three years now I have been answering to that. Even those I game with who know me by my real name still seem to call me Effy more naturally than anything else. I find the name to suit me, even on the occasion where Effy becomes Eff’ing Effy. Effraeti may not be a redhead, but she is still me – positive and friendly until riled, then fierce and unyielding.
Starting to blog brought even more life into Effy, and she went places I never imagined when I first molded her on the WoW creation screen. She developed a life and breath all her own.
Now… I find myself in a mental quandary.
I am in the process of switching mains to my Monk. My Monk, who has a whole separate personality. Still my own, of course, since she is the product of my brain and my ideals, but NOT Effy. She is 100% Ireenia. She is as separate an entity to me as if she drew her own breath and physically stood beside Effy.
So I know there is no way I could make “Ireenia” into “Effraeti” and feel that was right at all. Ireenia is a Monk. Effraeti is a Shaman. Ireenia is a blue dragon adopted by a Draenei and trying to adapt to a world where her race is no longer the protector. Effraeti is a Draenei who got split into two people, died and was reborn, rescued and adopted a baby dragon, and is struggling to balance her family and her guild.
Am I too much into my stories and my roleplaying? ><
To switch my main means to switch my pseudonym. Somehow, this is a major hurdle for me. Switching from Rosa to Effy was tough. Somehow, I think switching from Effy to Ireenia is going to be even harder.
You would think names would be the least of my concerns here, eh?
And seriously, what was I thinking? What is a good nickname for Ireenia? :/ I suppose it would be “Iree,” which would end up sounding like “Eerie.” Hmm. I suppose that works.
Has anyone else struggled with changing mains because it meant changing their pseudonym?