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Gygax had the deity Zagyg. Who is the NPC with the reverse of your name in your game?

mrlost

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Zagyg was born Zagig Yragerne in Hardby in 277 CY. The son of Despotrix Eileme Yragerne, Zagyg is a descendant of Ganz Yragerne, second Lord Mayor of the Free City of Greyhawk, and Maro Yragerne, a former Despotrix of Hardby. Sometime around 310 CY, Zagyg made his way to Greyhawk, where he bribed the members of the city's Directing Oligarchy for a seat on their board, then somehow convinced them to elect him Lord Mayor of the city.

In 339 CY, Zagig's mother died. As her sole heir, Zagig became the first (and only) Despot of Hardby, as well as inheriting the title of Landgraf of the Selintan, an old Great Kingdom provincial title applied to the ruler of the area now known as the Domain of Greyhawk. In 351, Zagig renounced the title of Despot, leaving the Gynarchy of Hardby to choose another Despotrix to rule the city.

Regarded by many as Greyhawk's greatest Lord Mayor and citizen, Zagig is in many ways responsible for making Greyhawk what it is today. He reformed Greyhawk's legal code, established a currency for the city, founded the Greyhawk Guild of Wizardry, brought scholars to the city to found colleges, oversaw the creation of the mining towns of Diamond Lake and Steaming Springs in the Cairn Hills, and organized the city's first Desportium of Magick. He also oversaw the construction of the city's sewers, the Free City Arena, and Castle Greyhawk. It was Zagig who named Greyhawk the "Gem of the Flanaess," in a speech voicing his wish that Greyhawk become the "keystone of civilization."
So in all my d&d games, as a tip of the hat to Gygax I tend to have an NPC called A. I. Crag because my surname is Garcia. Lately this Crag character has been showing up as a dwarf artificer of indeterminate gender.

Do you DMs have such a tongue in cheek NPC and if so, tell me about them.
 

Davies

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Seivad Reschoptir was an engineer, architect and possible mage who created the Underground beneath the city of Bemarris. Just what he was trying to accomplish is unclear, but the result was a vast 'dungeon' complex, filled with monsters, tricks and traps, that still hasn't been completely mapped, forty-odd years after its discovery. Likewise, very little has ever been discovered of his personal life, and no authentic images remain. Some of the earliest explorers of the Underground claimed to have met Seivad, or someone claiming to be Seivad, on its lower levels, but it has been decades since there was such a reported encounter.
 

Geoffrey21

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Yerffoeg has been an evil gnome illusionist but he never gained much traction.
 

The Jovial GM

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I've never done it before, but I'm planning a campaign right now that may include Ocsai F. Nomis. I could also have them visit the Casino of Sim.
 

Capellan

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I had a player once who flipped his nickname ("Frowner") to create his character name of Renworf, and another player who just flipped her own first name (... though I am blanking on what her name actually was. In my defence, it was over 20 years ago).

I've never done the "reverse my own name" thing myself, though I have done it with the name of people I know (Yeldarb was a powerful but immature sorcerer), and I've also been known to use anagrams of a description of the character concept. So a barbarian might end up named Mawndil, for instance, from "wild man".
 

Knaight

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I don't have one, mostly because Thgiank is not a functional name by any stretch of the imagination. I could make Nahtan work, but that particular palindrome also swaps a whole two letters, and I could extend outward to names my long form name I barely use is a nickname of and pull in Nahtanoj, Nahtanhoj, and Leinahtan, but I haven't. Though looking at them, Leinahtan actually has a pretty good ring to it. I could also always use Etan, but as far as I'm concerned that's a reversal of somebody else's name that people occasionally misspell mine as.

I'm not revealing my last name in a public forum, but I will say that it is, if anything, less functional reversed than Thgiank. Same deal with my middle name, though it's functionalish.
 

Andrew Hackard

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I have been tempted to make Drakcah the lesser god of teenage over-scenting, but that joke is probably well past its sell-by date. I'd have fun with a wizard named Werdna, but that's been done.

Back when I was with the Kargatane, the proprietors of the Vallaki bookshop mostly (but not entirely) had anagrams of their creators' names. Mine was an anagram of someone else's, however: a brooding, fairly goth albino drow named Mynilar Sannom.
 

Nate_MI

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Hm. Lainahtan is a renowned explorer of dark and forgotten places, now well-on in years who is willing to pay good money for some spry young folks to go down into this dungeon and take some rubbings, just some quick rubbings of this frieze. You can keep the gold, he's got plenty of that already.
 
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