: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

@carcinopithecus Urban Fantasy where you can use any of a persons names to target them with spells, and depending on the name it might make your spell work better. Government registry names work pretty reliably, but if you don't have government authorization to use it, they send the feds after you. XD

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