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Old 03-25-2020, 08:14 AM   #1
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Default Names for Wizards based on Magical College

I'm just looking for ideas for a generic name you would call a mage who practices a given college of magic, for each of the colleges in GURPS Magic.

I have a very preliminary list of suggestions so far, and lot of blanks. Feel free to toss around additional suggestions.

NOTE: I'll be editing the list as suggestions come in

Air: Aeromancer, Aerurge, Aerurgist
Animal: Beastmaster, Zourge (pronounced Zo-urge), Zourgist
Body Control: Citalomancer, Physiomancer, Somaturge, Somaturgist,
Communication and Empathy: Mesmerist, Psychomancer, Telepath
Earth: Geomancer, Geurge, Geurgist
Enchantment: Enchanter, Magewright
Fire: Pyromancer, Pyrurge, Pyrurgist
Food: Nutrimancer, Sefimancer
Gate: Apportist, Gatekeeper, Telemancer, Teleurge, Teleurgist,
Healing: Chiurge, Chiurgist, Healer, Vitamancer
Illusion and Creation: Conjurer, Illusionist
Knowledge: Diviner
Light and Darkness: Luminurge, Luminurgist, Photomancer, Photourge, Photourgist, Shadowcaster
Making and Breaking: Thaumoclast?
Meta-Spells: Dweamercrafter, Magewright, Protypomancer, Thaumaturge, Thaumaturgist
Mind Control: Mesmerist
Movement: Kineticist
Necromantic: Necromancer, Necrurge, Necrurgist
Plant: Botanurge, Botanurgist, Florimancer, Herbomancer, Phytomancer,
Protection and Warning: Abjurer
Sound: Phonurge, Phonomancer, Sonomancer, Sonurge, Sonurgist, Soundwright
Technological: Technomage
Water: Hydromancer, Hydrurge, Hydrurgist (I shall miss the Aquamancer...)
Weather: Weatherworker

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Old 03-25-2020, 08:26 AM   #2
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Mind control could Mesmerist. Body Control can be somamancer? Somancer? So-so-mancer?
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:31 AM   #3
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If you'd like linguistically rigorous names, you might consider the meanings of -mancy and -urgy, which come from Greek. -mancy has to do with divination (a necromancer is someone who speaks with and learns things about the dead), and -urgy is about doing work. This was addressed in an old post: http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=28658

So divining things about air, earth, fire, and water would be aeromancy, geomancy, pyromancy, and hydromancy (not aqua-, that's Latin, not Greek), and their practitioners would be aeromancer, geomancer, pyromancer, and hydromancer. Creating, changing, and destroying these elements would be aerourgy, geourgy, pyrourgy, and hydrourgy (or maybe aerurgy, geurgy, pyrurgy, and hydrurgy; I'm not sure how the roots combine), and their practitioners would be aerourgist, geourgist, pyrourgist, and hydrourgist (or aerurgist, geurgist, pyrurgist, and hydrurgist).

You can extend this to many of the other colleges too, if you know the Greek roots for those words. Necromancy is divination of spirits and the dead; necrourgy/necrurgy would be summoning, controlling, and destroying spirits and the dead.

If you're sticking with English, a good word for weather spells is weatherworker.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:10 AM   #4
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I'd go to Google translate and play around with words. By the way and off the top of my head, try Psychomancer, literally Soul Seer for Communication Empathy.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:12 AM   #5
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Oh steal from Le Guin for the Weather college "Windkey".
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Is Jason Momoa an aquamancer?
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The Greek word for Chef is sef. So the food college could have Sefimancers.

The Greek word for Pattern is protypo. The Meta Magic College could have Protypomancers.
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Food: Kitchen Witch?
Gate: Gatekeeper?
Illusion and Creation: Worldweaver?
Light and Darkness: Photomancer?
Making and Breaking: Thaumoclast?
Meta-Spells: Dweomercrafter?
Plant: Herbomancer? Druid?
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:26 AM   #9
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I've started editing my original post to incorporate the suggestions provided so far.

Thanks Stormcrow for the Greek breakdown

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Is Jason Momoa an aquamancer?
umm... <looks around nervously>... maybe?
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:36 AM   #10
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If you're sticking with English, a good word for weather spells is weatherworker.
At this point, I'm not really set on any specific language or origin. I'm looking for something that sounds kinda cool, whether formally or as a nickname... better than "Food Mage", for example.

So, while I understandand the nature of the "-ancy" being from a divination root, the names are still traditional in fantasy, like necromancer, so I left them on the list. If I ever decide to get more technical, then I will for sure keep that in mind.
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