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A question about the Serpent Riders name origins

Sun, 25 Apr 2004 03:27:45

Silencer

This might sound like a strange question, but it was something I was curious about regardless. I was wondering where the names D'Sparil and Eidolon came from. What got me thinking about it was the name of the second Serpent Rider, Korax. As you may or may not know, the scientific name for the common raven is Corvus corax. This explains where Raven software got the names for: Corvus - Hero of Heretic and Heretic II Korax - Boss of HeXen So this brings me back to the question, where did D'Sparil and Eidolon's names come from? Does anyone happen to know?
Sun, 25 Apr 2004 04:11:31

leilei

I don't know where they were thought from either, probably original. Though Eidolon sounds like it was from somewhere else, as with most of the other bosses in H2. I mean, the names of the four horsemen weren't certainly original. Where's John Romero when you need him <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> I want more Serpent riders, not big demon things that get huge (oh gee, that guy could squash a serpent, how could he ride it) I know Hexen is a German word for magic however. I'll ask John Romero where it comes from, he's produced Heretic and Hexen, he should have the answer <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->
Sun, 25 Apr 2004 15:40:50

RambOrc

"Hexen" in German is the plural form of a noun and means "witches". "Korax" is the Ancient Greek word for "raven" (botanical and zoological names are often taken from Ancient Greek and Latin). "Eidolon" is Ancient Greek too, I forgot what it exactly means, I think it's the word "idol" and refers to the heathen idols that Christianity finds evil - in this way, quite near to the devil as such (I'm not sure about this last one though). As for D'Sparil, it might be nothing more but a thought up name that sounds a lot like "despair".
Mon, 26 Apr 2004 01:07:24

The 4th Class

"Corvus" is the Latin word for "raven." Also, I don't know if this means anything, but I noticed that Eidolon and the Mage's name Daedolon both end in "dolon." It could be coincidental, or not...
Mon, 26 Apr 2004 01:09:23

RambOrc

Wasn't the mage's name not "Daedalon"? I assume it's just another fantasy name along the lines of Daedalus from Ancient Greek mythology.
Mon, 26 Apr 2004 01:14:47

The 4th Class

Well the Prima Strategy Guide spells it "Daedolon," but OTOH if it's spelled the other way on the official Id website than Prima made a lot of typos. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

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