Gideon Highmourn — Originally, I started using Eponyx Rosemourn as a handle back in Vanguard for my High Elf Blood Mage. It was very “romantic” and fit the Blood Mage stereotype very well; it sounded very mysterious to me. While playing SWTOR, I switched to Gideon Greymourn, because I felt it was more “neutral” in terms of what the character could look or act like. Eventually, while playing EVE, I changed my surname to Highmourn to match my Amarr heritage and nobility. It’s been about two years now that I’ve used Highmourn in stead of Greymourn. Coincidentally, it worked perfectly as a surname for my snobby, nose-in-the-air Elezen as well! I’ve used the name Gideon and -mourn for several years now; it’s my identity in the online world. To me, the name Gideon can be fitting of any class; something that’s very important to me in a game like Final Fantasy XIV, where I can be any class I choose! It’s also noble and sounds respectable in-game, but can also be given a fun nickname like “Giddy” or “Gids” that people can use in VOIP.
Anyone remember Dane Cook before he got really lame? He had a year he was at the top. One of his jokes was about nothing fights and not having Jelly or jam in the house. I started playing FFXI around that time and just happened to be listening to his CD when trying to come up with a name.
Alatariel Baudelaire – Alatariel is one of the names of Galadriel (of Lord of the Rings fame) meaning “crowned with a radiant garland”. When I chose Alatariel as an Elezen, I wanted to use a name that really sounded like it fits a character of Elvish heritage, and what better than a name from Tolkien himself for that purpose? Well, that and I really just liked the sound of the name Alatariel. Baudelaire, as some may have guessed, is a nod to my love of writing and is a dedication to my favourite poet, Charles Baudelaire. I think they flow quite well together, so even though I’ve changed to Au Ra, I’ll probably continue to use Alatariel Baudelaire as the name of my main character for the forseeable future.