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27 June 2014 @ 11:58 pm
Merlin Daemons  
Well, I continue to give everyone daemons. Merlin characters this time. Below the cut is choices and natter.



I decided to use heraldry animal meanings for my Merlin daemons because a) it allowed me to know what sort of animals those in that time period would know about and b) I thought the significance of what each symbol means would be influential in how a daemon might decide to settle in a medieval setting. In the HDM books, witches and wizards always have bird daemons, so I've honoured that here, though I've decided it's not a rule in the Merlin verse, as it would be really easy for Uther to pick out who has magic or doesn't.

Merlin-- Sigrun (Old Norse, meaning 'secret lore' or 'victory lore'), a duck. In heraldry, ducks signify someone of many resources, as it swims, flies, and walks on the ground. Also, in real life, ducks seem very mild mannered, but are vicious if roused.

Arthur-- Brandra (Old Norse, meaning 'sword'), a lioness. A fairly cliche choice, I know, but the heraldry symbol of a lion suited Arthur very well. "Valiant in courage, strong of body, politic in council and a foe to fear."

Guinevere-- Amandus (Latin, meaning 'worthy of love'). a sheep. Lambs symbolize 'faith, innocence, bravery, gentleness, purity, resolute spirit'.

Gaius -- Slana (Irish, meaning 'health). A raven. Ravens are symbols of knowledge, and of a quiet, settled life. I thought it suited Gaius' status as Captain Exposition, as well as someone who prefers to life quietly than get too involved in what's going on.

Morgana -- Delane (Irish, meaning 'dark challenge'). A falcon (that's a common kestel, actually, but they're in the same family. Falcons symbolize someone who 'is hot or eager in the pursuit of an object much desired and did not rest until the objective was achieved.'

Lancelot -- Phaenna (Ancient Greek, meaning 'shining'). A deer. Bucks and stags signify one who is a skilled fighter, but will only fight if provoked, but always wins if battle is necessary. It's also considered one of the most 'handsome' charges.

Gwaine -- Jocosa (Medieval English, meaning 'merry, playful'). An otter. Otters represent people who work hard, but know how to play, and live life to the fullest.

Percival -- Iphigenia "Effie" (Ancient Greek, meaning 'strong born'). A greyhound. Dogs of all sorts are considered loyal, strong hunters, and temperate. Percival is sort of a gentle giant, which seemed to suit a greyhound.

Elyan -- Gobnait (Irish, meaning 'little smith'). A badger. Considered animals who are fierce in fighting in defence of their home. It represents bravery, perseverance and protection.

Leon -- Aalis (Old French, meaning 'noble sort'). A leopard. "A valiant and hardy warrior who braves dangers with enduring force and courage."

Uther -- Corona (Latin, meaning 'crown'). A crab. Crabs represent someone who grabs onto something and won't let go, which reminded me of Uther's zeal towards holding onto his crown and ridding the world of magic.

Mordred -- Orianna (Italian, meaning 'gold'). A pheasant. Like Merlin's duck, pheasants signify someone of many resources.
 
 
 
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 28th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
There's no reason to keep going with the trilogy. The story gets super off the rails after awhile. And I'm not sure anything gets answered in terms of how daemons come into being. They might have talked about when Lyra goes into 'our' world but I can't remember.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 28th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
I don't think they do, because when I was researching around, everyone seemed to be wondering the same things as us. I also learned that there's a sort of pseudo-religion of people who 'have' daemons, or seem to think they do, or pretend they do, or visualize that they do. Or something.

I'm off to bed. G'night!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 28th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
I also learned that there's a sort of pseudo-religion of people who 'have' daemons, or seem to think they do, or pretend they do, or visualize that they do. Or something.


Right. I feel like the Venn diagram for people who subscribe to this religion and who would believe Tom Hiddleston is their personal property kind of looks like a circle.

G'nite!