:blobthinking: believing that people have True Names - hokey but understandable

:blob_gnikniht: believing that each person has a single True Name - unduly limiting but not impossible

:hot_shit: :oh_no: believing that a person's One True Name is whatever a government registry has on their records - the perfect blend of authoritarian and bureaucratic

then again

(but it should be noted that if i lived here i would most likely be willing to pay handsomely to be smuggled out)

@carcinopithecus Names have power. Keep your One True Name to yourself. The government demanding to control what it is, is a power and domination move.

@carcinopithecus it then follows that you get a story about people who can't be controlled through true name magic because they don't have a name registered with the government bureaucracy… And the people working for the government, trying to find these unnamed people to assign them true names so they can be controlled.

@kepstin @carcinopithecus The Skulduggery Pleasant novels kind of do this, if you don't pick a name for yourself that suits who you are then people can use your birth name to have influence over you

@kepstin @carcinopithecus or a government bureaucracy that is very insistent on not using names

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