Athasian naming conventions and real-world analogues

The styles, cultures, and names of Athas are unique to that devastated world. In order to better grasp them, though, it is useful to connect them to real-world analogues. The analogues in question are chosen because of their “best resemblance” to their Athasian counterparts, sharing many similarities in consonantal structures and choices, architectural and costume design, and even very rough similarities in cuisine. Use these to help shape your choices of Athasian names and styles, and remember that ultimately you shouldn’t feel too constrained; Athasian names are, in the end, unique.


Athasian culture Real-world linguistic or cultural analogue
Tyr Tyre (pre-Islamic Lebanon, Mediterranean)
Urik Babylon and Sumeria
Draj Aztec
Nibenay Angkor/Khmer
Raam Mughal India and Pharaonic Egypt
Balic Ancient Greece
Gulg Central Africa
Thri-Kreen Arabic and Khoisan African

Athasian naming conventions and real-world analogues

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