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29 December 2009 @ 12:30 pm
Oh, help me LJ!  
Okay, LJ.  I need a good name for an alien feline-esque species of intelligent hunters who may-or-may-not be empathic, and may-or-may-not be able to either phase through walls, or teleport.

They are slightly larger than the average house cat, and range in color from coppery-red, to silvery-blue, with darker rosettes. 

"Flynx" pretty much the perfect name if ever I heard one, was suggested by a beta, but bears an unfortunate resemblance to "Flinx" a character in a SF series by Alan Dean Foster, which I have never read, but apparently my universe already bears one other unfortunate similarity to his.  His entire series is based in a Commonwealth, the very term I have used to describe my own galaxy spanning body of government.  *le sigh*

So, one similarity can pass, but two?  No.

I'm keeping Commonwealth.  But flynx has to go.  Suggestions?
eretria: thinkingeretria on December 29th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 30th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Goddess of the Night....Hmm. Sounds similar enough to flynx, I am inclined to like it for that alone...

Love the icon, btw!
Patron Saint of Pessimism: Dogs: Solo and Deucewoodrunner on December 29th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
There are a couple of wild cat breeds whose actual names are odd enough to suit:

Jaguarundi -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguarundi

Kodkod -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodkod

Alternatively (doing a play on words here), teleporting through wall makes me think of transposition, which is also a musical term, and one type of musical transposition is a "clef", so, Clef Cat?

rhienellethrhienelleth on December 30th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I think I want something without cat actually in it. So many things are so simply named in this book - "killer" "talented" etc, I think I want the juxtaposition of something less simplistic for these, but you know, easy to pronounce. :D

L.A.: ninjafrenchroast on December 30th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Telines? Leophi? Sfynx? Qatori? Chalynx? Panpards? Cla'a? (pronounced "claw") Fleyta? Roci? Tijion?

I can probably brainstorm and come up with more, if you want.
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 30th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Oooh, some definite food for thought, there! Thanks! :)
wyld_dandelyon: negative catwyld_dandelyon on December 30th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Commonwealth is more generic, though it's sad that you can't keep Flynx, it's a cool word.


I suppose it depends in part on who got to name them.
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 30th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
I am very, very partial to Flynx. :( I keep thinking "but, but...it's not spelled the same, and the other Flinx was a character name, not a species name."

wyld_dandelyonwyld_dandelyon on December 30th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: night is goodwyld_dandelyon on December 30th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
Hmm...I doubt it's different enough, especially if your world has similarities other than just the two similar worlds. I offer sympathy, though. Flynx is a great word.
rodlox: Amitarodlox on January 17th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
the Polh?

I asked them, and they said they won't retaliate against our planet if you make them famous by putting them in your story.