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9th Oct '17 3:31:45 AM Arivne
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* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' supplement ''Fantasy Hero Companion''. All six types of demon (Demon Lord, Fire Demon, Amorphous Horror, Deceiver, Hordling and Hell Hound) had to obey anyone who knew their true name.

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* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' supplement ''Fantasy Hero Companion''. All six types of demon (Demon Lord, Fire Demon, Amorphous Horror, Deceiver, Hordling and Hell Hound) had have to obey anyone who knew knows their true name.
9th Oct '17 3:29:54 AM Arivne
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* The supplement book ''Mythic Egypt'', written for both Rolemaster and the Hero System, naturally discussed true names. For purposes of magic in that setting, many spells meant to affected others required knowledge of their true name first (though there was also a spell to discover that by observing somebody directly which naturally didn't have that prerequisite) or otherwise simply wouldn't work, and one of the supernatural races of the setting had the explicit weakness that all of them shared the ''same'' true name...that had gotten out long ago.

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* The supplement book ''Mythic Egypt'', written for both Rolemaster and the Hero System, naturally discussed true names. For purposes of magic in that setting, many spells meant to affected affect others required knowledge of their true name first (though there was also a spell to discover that by observing somebody directly which naturally didn't have that prerequisite) or otherwise simply wouldn't work, and one of the supernatural races of the setting had the explicit weakness that all of them shared the ''same'' true name...that had gotten out long ago.
6th Sep '17 8:37:40 AM PaladinPhoenix
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is Downplayed when regarding [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. Shouting a dragon's name using the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] does not place it under your control, but the dragon will treat it as a challenge and will usually seek out whoever made the shout, due to a combination of curiosity and [[HonorBeforeReason honor]]. This is also true for [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]], who has the soul of a dragon, as the [[OldMaster Greybeards]] summon him/her to High Hrothgar by [[NotSoDifferent calling out]] the ''Dragonborn's'' name using the Thu'um.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is Downplayed when regarding [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. Shouting a dragon's name using the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] does not place it under your control, but the dragon will treat it as a challenge and will usually seek out whoever made the shout, due to a combination of curiosity and [[HonorBeforeReason honor]]. This is also true for [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]], who has the soul of a dragon, as the [[OldMaster Greybeards]] summon him/her to High Hrothgar by [[NotSoDifferent calling out]] the ''Dragonborn's'' name using the Thu'um. Just like the dragons, though, [[TakeYourTime you're not actually under any obligation to answer their call.]]
6th Sep '17 8:24:54 AM PaladinPhoenix
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** Harry also notes that while there is danger in providing your true name to someone, the constantly changing nature of humans means that the true name will only work for a short time, whereas demons, the fey, and other magical creatures are unchanging and risk a lot in having their true names known.
4th Sep '17 8:47:28 AM VVK
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** 2nd edition AD&D said that knowing a lich's true name conferred power over it.

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** 2nd Edition
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2nd edition AD&D said that knowing a lich's true name conferred power over it.it.
*** ''Planewalker's Handbook'' for the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting included some spells that could be used to harm or control a creature if its true name was known.
1st Sep '17 10:08:10 AM DPsycho
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* In Creator/CateTiernan's series ''Literature/{{Sweep}}'', everything has a true name, from plants to people. One of the main characters actually finds out her fathers true name and [[spoiler: uses it to put a binding spell on him so the other characters can strip him of his powers.]]

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* In Creator/CateTiernan's series ''Literature/{{Sweep}}'', everything has a true name, from plants to people. One of the main characters actually finds out her fathers father's true name and [[spoiler: uses it to put a binding spell on him so the other characters can strip him of his powers.]]
31st Aug '17 8:42:03 PM DPsycho
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** In ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels, name magic is routine, and so powerful than the witches of Estcarp hide them from everyone.

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** In ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels, name magic is routine, and so powerful than that the witches of Estcarp hide them from everyone.
31st Aug '17 8:39:49 PM DPsycho
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** In the very distant past, not only were there people know knew the Names of things, but those who ''created'' new Names. It was a time when humanity had godlike powers and ''created new realms''.

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** In the very distant past, not only were there people know who knew the Names of things, but those who ''created'' new Names. It was a time when humanity had godlike powers and ''created new realms''.
31st Aug '17 5:56:56 PM DPsycho
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* At least one deity in ''Fanfic/DestinyIsAHazyThing'' forcibly got rid of it's true name in order to keep others from having power over it. However, this also made said deity considerably weaker since [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly prayers require a name to be truly effective]].

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* At least one deity in ''Fanfic/DestinyIsAHazyThing'' forcibly got rid of it's its true name in order to keep others from having power over it. However, this also made said deity considerably weaker since [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly prayers require a name to be truly effective]].
5th Aug '17 8:29:30 AM Conradus
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* In Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series, saying "I name your name, ______" with the person's True Name will strip them of their supernatural powers. Guessing wrong about which ancient wizard you're naming can be hazardous to your health... This is also why the most powerful sorcerers in the setting are universally {{Evil Sorcerer}}s. Any magic-user not willing to suppress his true name by [[KillEmAll any means necessary]] will not remain a magic-user for long. The only good wizard of sufficient power in the series is able to do so because, as the result of some peculiarities at the time of his birth, he has no true name, only a nickname.

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* In Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series, saying "I name your name, ______" with the person's True Name will strip them of their supernatural powers. Guessing wrong about which ancient wizard you're naming can be hazardous to your health... health, since using the wrong name means you've revealed your intent to nullify a very powerful being without actually ''doing'' anything. This is also why the most powerful sorcerers in the setting are universally {{Evil Sorcerer}}s. Any magic-user not willing to suppress his true name by [[KillEmAll any means necessary]] will not remain a magic-user for long. The only good wizard of sufficient power in the series is able to do so because, as the result of some peculiarities at the time of his birth, he has no true name, only a nickname.
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