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This is a collection of names from around the world which was initially intended to help provide character names for live role-players. It includes short historical backgrounds, male and female first names or personal names, and surnames or family names, from many countries and periods. The author is not an expert in onomastics or history so would like to apologise if any mistakes have been made. New webmaster's note: This onomastikon was compiled by Kate Monk and hosted by Sal Robertson at Related:  Historical Kingdoms/NamesHistorical Kingdoms/Names

Forgotten Nations History Rome annihilated Carthage to ensure it would never again rise as a major threat. The Ottomans forever ended Byzantium’s glory. 10BurgundyWestern Europe France’s greatest historical rivals are often considered to be England or Germany. We’ve previously mentioned how Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, divided the Carolingian Empire among his sons. For a time, it seemed that fortune favored Burgundy. 9NovgorodEastern Europe The city of Novgorod, whose residents sometimes called it “Lord Novgorod the Great,” truly lived up to its name. By the 14th century, Novgorod had become one of the busiest trading ports in Europe—an estimated 400,000 people lived in the city. Sadly, this state of affairs wouldn’t last forever. Ivan III, also known as “Ivan the Great,” invaded the city in 1471, subsequently annexing it in 1478. 8The Qara-KhitaiCentral Asia During the 12th century A.D., the Khitan people, led by Yelu Dashi, fled west to escape the onslaught of the Jurchen tribes.

Skies Are Blue Chapter 1: Pinky, Meet Brain, a gilmore girls fanfic Skies Are Blue By Kyizi Disclaimer: Gilmore Girls and all related items do not belong to me. Only the Story and its related original ideas and characters are mine. Rating: PG-13. Spoilers: Season One. Distribution: Please ask, the answer will likely be yes. Feedback: is a gift. Notes: This is my first attempt at Gilmore Girls. My wonderful beta, DanaMulder, assures me it's in character, so I hope you all enjoy. xxxxx Part One: Pinky, meet Brain Lorelai tilted her head back and downed the rest of her glass. "Care to share?" She turned to the young boy beside her and smirked. The boy grinned at her. She shook her head, feeling a silly grin work around her mouth. He shrugged. "Indeed, but I have no need for a Drive Me Crazy moment." He winced. "Yes, but it was enlightening to see Sabrina away from the crazy aunts." "Wasn't the same without the cat." "Yes, Salem was sorely missed." The boy raised his eyebrows, but the ever present smirk did not disappear. "You better believe it. He frowned. "Fifi?"

50 of the Best Websites for Writers There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers. Reference Websites Merriam-Webster Online - Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information. The site offers a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, podcasts, word games and a lot of other things that may be of interest to writers and word-lovers. General Writing Websites Writer's Digest - Probably one of the best all-around websites for writers, Writer's Digest offers information on writing better and getting published. Fiction Writing Websites - publishes a Guide to Fiction Writing with general information about fiction writing and a number of community forums for both current and aspiring writers. Nonfiction Writing Websites Bella Online - This site offers a large collection of resources for nonfiction writers. Websites for Freelance Writers and Authors

Iran Through Ages (726 BC to 640 AD) Ancient Iran through Ages (728BCE to CE651) Medes / Median (Mâdhâ) Dynasty; 728-550BCE Achaemenid (Hakhâmaneshiyân) Dynasty; 550-330BCE Parthian /Arsacid (Ashkâniân) Dynasty; 247BCE-CE224 Sasanid / Sasanian (Sâsâniân) Dynasty; CE224-640 Modern Iran 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire by Timothy B. Lee on August 19, 2014 Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome's first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire — its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world. The rise and fall of Rome The rise and fall of RomeIn 500 BC, Rome was a minor city-state on the Italian peninsula. The rise of Rome Rome's military Rome's powerful maniple formation Rome's powerful maniple formationIn the early years of the republic, the Roman infantry used a version of the Greek phalanx. The republic becomes an empire The lost city of Pompeii The eruption of Mount Vesuvius The eruption of Mt. The culture of Rome Roman Britain and the Roman economy The decline of Rome Rome's legacy

Fic: A Heart Bright and True (Gen, Ron, rated R) - Fanfiction by Lyras Title: A Heart Bright and TrueAuthor: lyrasWord count: 15,500Characters/pairings: Ron and ensemble, including Cho, Harry, George and Angelina. Gen, with background canon pairings.Warnings: Dark themes, including violenceRating: R (to be on the safe side, for violence and language)Summary: Ron is struggling with his identity after leaving the Aurors and setting up a detective agency. flyingcarpet, and I very much hope she enjoys it! liadlaith for beta-reading and making excellent suggestions. Part one of three; this part: 5,500 words. Oh, look at you, my pretty, sleeping there so sweet and warm, with your parents downstairs to keep you safe. Ron let himself into Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and slid carefully around the Whiz-bangs stand by the door. Not that Ron normally cared much about disturbing his brother, but it was the end of April, which meant that the anniversary of a certain death was approaching. "Anything for me?" Ron rolled his eyes. "Nah, don't need that today." "Anything good?"

Place Name Generator - Generate Fantasy City, Country and Town Names! Jump down to the Generator If you have come here looking for a fictional place name, you have probably tried to come up with one and you know just how hard it is. To create a good interesting place name you will need time and a lot of investment, you probably do not want to spend hours just on a place name, you have a book to write or a game to make/play. There have been millions of place names created throughout history for cities, countries and towns, some stand the test of time and others get changed or forgotten, by using this place name generator you should be able to find a suitable name which will be interesting and memorable. Now of course, if you are looking for real place names, I have not created a name generator for that yet as I think most people are looking for fictional name generators instead of one that will generate real place names. Elfville Place Names Generated: Favorite Names: Click on the names you like the best. Elfville Copy your names before you leave.

European Regions Most have in different languages. Some regions have also undergone name changes for political or other reasons. This article attempts to give all known alternative names for all major European regions, provinces, and territories. It also includes some lesser regions that are important because of their location or history. This article does not offer any opinion about what the "original", "official", "real", or "correct" name of any region is or was. Foreign names that are the same as their English equivalents may be listed, to provide an answer to the question "Whats is that name in..."? English name Other names or former names Aargau (Aragonese), (Franco-Provençal, Galician, Italian, Latin, Romanian, Romansh, Sicilian, Spanish, variant in English), (Catalan, Occitan), (Portuguese), (French), (Esperanto), (Polish) Abruzzo Åland Algarve (Latin), (Italian, Latvian, Portuguese, Spanish), (Lithuanian), (Arabic) Allgäu (Italian, Romanian, Spanish), (Catalan), (Dutch, German, Hungarian)

Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire Failing Tolkien: The Fall of High Fantasy Update: I wrote a follow-up to this piece: Further Thoughts on World Building Cover illustration for Words of Radiance I just finished reading Brandon Sanderson’s monstrous tome: Words of Radiance . I’ve never liked high fantasy taken as a genre, but I did love The Lord of the Rings (which launched the genre) and I am enjoying Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives. High fantasy, if you’re not familiar with the term, refers to the kinds of fantasy books that have maps in them. Tolkien’s own cover illustration for The Fellowship of the Ring. For all practical purposes, Tolkien invented high fantasy. The problem is that they have all learned the wrong lesson. To correct this confusion we must start with the realization that Tolkien’s world-building was inextricable from his religious faith. ‘Sub-creation’ was also used by J.R.R. As we delve deeper into Tolkien’s theory of sub-creation, it is useful to contrast his view with that of his friend C. For Downing, this is a point against Tolkien.