Many may know this, but I thought I'd be a great place to discuss possible meanings behind the various ship names. I start this because I found that Ragnarov is almost identical to Ragnarok, the Norse legend future battle that kills Odin, Thor, Loki, and others. Loose translation of Ragnarok is "God-End/Fate."
Anyone else have discoveries like this?
I'm not familiar with all of the original names/codenames for things, but here are those that I know:
Coronata: Eidolo (IIRC)
Eradica: Cherubim (IIRC)
As for other ships.. Well, the Advent are pretty straight-forward with most of theirs. As for the TEC..
Arcova: no idea
Cobalt: no idea
Javelis: javelins were once a prominent long-range weapon
Krosov: no idea
Percheron: no idea
Hoshiko: no idea
Cielo: Spanish for "cloud." Presumably because it is a command cruiser and is somewhat "above" the action
Kodiak: It's a bear. Strong and don't like to die. Appropriate for an HC.
Orgov: no idea
Envoy: I can't even remember the name, let alone tell you why it is called that.
As for the capitals, no one knows for any of them but most assume that there must be some esteemed Admiral Kol or something.
Actually there was a guy on here who said many of the TEC ships have sound like Russian or other Eastern European languages. I don't remember what they mean though.
Yes TC I noticed that too, I was calling it the Ragnarok for most of the beta, took me a while to see it was another artful TEC "Misspelling" (some of the actual Cap names like Kolossus for example also do this).
Cobalt comes from German, is either evil spirit or goblin. Yeah some like Kodiak and Javelis are presumably simple.
Vasari was a Renaissance painter, writer, historian, and architect. Here's the wikipedia page (and yes, he actually does exist. He was in my freshman World History textbook.)
The Vasari are really the Italian's descendants running from a basilisk painting?
I noticed that too, but I figured it was just coincidence since I can't see any particular reason why they'd be named after him.
Vorare is the latin word for "eat," for example carnivore or voracious.
In Greek mythology (the Odyssey) Charybdis was a sea monster. Alongside Scylla, Charybdis guarded a narrow ocean pass. Scylla's many heads/arms snatched sailors off of the boats trying the pass, while Charybdis used a whirlpool vortex to swallow the boats whole.
Considering the titan's specs, it certainly fits.
Wasn't aware of vorare, but I was aware of what the Charybdis was.
Percheron is a breed of pack horse. Marza is the name of a river in Romania. Akkan sounds like the name of female spirits from Finnish mythology. Hoshiko is a Japanese name that means star child.
Ship names like 'TDN Karamazov' (after the Russian book The Brothers Karamazov) etc. make this pretty obvious.
Well obviously he was the one that made the basilisk. Thus the descendants were called Vasari in his honor since they were the only ones with the potential to make basilisk paintings....
I knew the Percheron, not the others. Marza seems tough. It could be a disease, Ernest Marza, lots of other people named Marza...but can you find what the river was named for?
Akkan makes some sense as a colony ship, as those female spirits were of the fertility type.
I don't know why a Robotic Cruiser would be named Star Child.
How is the Ankylon the goddess Athena? I thought it was probably named after the Ankylosaurus, a heavily armored dinosaur. But I've not done any research whatsoever on this.
The actual ship kind of looks like a, with the robot launching bays being the arms I guess...
He's not saying Ankylon comes from Athena. All or at least most of the Sins ships had code names in development before they actually sat down and named them. The Ankylon's early development name was Athena, as seen in the early concept art.
Well, I guess we'll just have to see what they're running from then. If they are snake/reptilian looking things I'll owe you some Karma.
Oh okay, Volt's first post was just "prototype" names. It could be the Ankylosaurus then.
Haha basilisk painting doesn't mean a painting of the actual basilisk.
Checking the data files will bring up all sorts of codenames for things. Calling the Ankylon the Athena is confirmed in the buttons texture file but ATHENA was also on the side of the titan in the original texture when it was first released just as KOL is on the battleship.
Haha remember seeing that picture, even noticing the "Athena." I of course want to know why they ended up with the names they did.
TEC names: Many appear to combine Slavic, Greek, and Latin elements; I like the fact that they don't hail from a single Terran culture
Advent names: Mostly self-explanatory, but there are a few that stand out. A lot of them seem to have Latin roots, which is amusing and ironic considering how patriarchal Roman culture was.
Since the Vasari names are of alien origin, we have no idea what they mean and can only go with phonetic similarities, since the only repeated phonemes are "surak" (Sulsurak, Tosurak, Lasurak [transport], Junsurak [flak]) and "astra" (Ravastra, Karrastra, Vorastra). I would give a great deal of forum karma to know what these phonemes mean.
yeap - I can confirm that. It is Russian. Along with a number of planet names - mostly made of names of famous Russian people.
Ad astra means "to the stars" in latin...
Surak sounds like an anti-depressant....
Actually it's "Ad astra", that means "to the stars".
The advent use a lot of faux Latin (or interpretative Late Latin), conjugated for feminine endings. Most of the TEC and Advent names are cognitive, but I can't think of any Vasari craft off-hand that use the same standard. Ankylos is an old type of Greek armor used in Corinth (I think?) or Rhodes... they also had siege engines which were ankyloids, meaning armored and heavy.
Cobalt is also a color, one that describes those ships well, I assumed that was the connection. But there's also the mineral.
e: I did not know Kol was "stake" in Russian. That's kinda neat.
Indeed. They could be something simple, like star or ship, with the first part denoting the purpose.
The Percheron is the firstdecent freighter you getleveling up in Freelancer. The models are extremely similar as well.
Many of the planet and capital ship names are bastardized similar spellings of mythology with a few prominent scifi and other classic game elementreferences now and then.
Yes a lot of Slavic-Cyrillic sounds.
Ask this guy what his name means too.
Vespa is an Italian motor scooter, Italian for "wasp", and a Druish Princess of Druidia.
Typo, my bad...
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