May 2nd, 2009

Names that would fit the Angel of Destruction

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One of my main characters is a teenage girl who has the ability to see reapers (angels/souls that help the dead move on) and slowly becomes obsessed with Sam, the actual Angel of Death (though she thinks he's just a reaper). It turns out, later on, that the reason she can see reapers and is so obsessed is that she is the reincarnated angel of destruction, Abaddon/Apollyon.

I'd like to give her a name that isn't obvious (which is why Kali is out), but has something to do with her true nature. Abaddon is said to be responsible for sealing Satan away for one thousand years, and rules over the Pit (assumed to be Hell)- which Abaddon actual means. Abaddon is rather ambiguous when it comes to being good and evil, so I also don't want a name that screams out good or evil.

So far, the names I've found are either too rare to saddle a seemingly normal teenager with, or too obvious. Any other suggestions? The ones I've found so far are: Kali, Eris, Lorelai, Laufeia, Deyanirea and Monica. Right now, I'm leaning towards Monica, but Monica would be after a woman who prays to save her son from destruction- and it doesn't really fit the character. I just want a name that kind of fits her character: someone who means well, but ends up causing a lot of, well, destruction.

Thanks for any suggestions!


Edit: Thanks everyone! The suggestions were awesome.

Continent Models

I'm currently writing a story set in modern day Britain. Many of the characters are still in school and the subject of geography is mentioned a few times. I know there's no standard definition of the number of continents in the world, so I need to know what model the people in Britain currently use. Do they recognize 6 or 7 continents? It seems like such a silly thing to get wrong. The characters are English, by the way. Doubt it makes any difference in this case, but I might as well mention it.

I've tried looking up the answer on my own, but I haven't found a consistent answer from any really creditable sources. One site says that all English speaking countries follow the seven continent model. Another says that Britain follows the six continent model where America is one continent. Another site says they use the seven continent model. Then I found another source that says they used the seven continent model up until five years ago. I'm confused.