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Random - The Frumious Random
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
I went looking via LJArchive for a post where I told the history and significance of the name "Random". It boggles me that I have never done that here. So here goes:

Back when I first met David and Adrian, I made a character for one of the games we played named Random Birdwhistle, a Barbarian/Handler. I thought myself terribly clever, of course. But I went through so much with that character that I started to identify with it and he became an extension of me. Or at least my more impulsive side. He was strangely wise and reserved for a Kender, which means that he would still steal (handle) everything that wasn't nailed down and seeing as he DID have a claw-hammer, he would take that too, given time. But he was also a real bad-ass. He was okay starting conversations with dragons, as he wasn't exactly fragile, and was known to use his ridiculously over-sized club rather than a hoopak. "Hey! I've always wondered if a wizard's brains are the same color as a dragon's!"

So that character became sort of an alter ego for me and I grew attached to it.

When I started MUDding on MudDog in, I think, the Fall of 1990, just after I met Bill, I named my character Random. I figured I would bring that personality out of retirement and play him as I did my old character. Things happened and he became a mage. Then more things happened and my idea of what Random was became more of like what I wanted to be. He was witty, charming, and skilled. I found I could actually talk with people in this character.

Over time I grew into it. I grew out of my shyness (that story is elsewhere), and sort of became Random. Of course I can't cast spells, which is a pity. But the personality sort of fused a bit. I figure that Random was just a piece of me made manifest the whole time.

But that's not even the weird part.

One day I was doing my usual thing and someone asked, based on the name, if I had read the Amber series by Roger Zelazny. He told me that based on my character name he was sure I would have and that I would probably like it. So I checked it out. I got into it. It's a pretty good series. Then I got to the part about Random. And then I got to the part about Martin, Random's son.

That was a real doozy of a coincidence. To this day has been a source of stress on my skepticism regarding things that are "meant to be". Of course I am still thinking it's purely a coincidence, but it's not every day one runs into a "Random", and "Martin" isn't exactly the most common name in the world. To come across a relationship like that of father to son, and creator to character, is extremely unlikely.

But then there is this nerd-core rapper I recently found out about named MegaRan or Random.

So that's the story. Don't you feel enlightened?

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tinkerbell86ca From: tinkerbell86ca Date: January 12th, 2013 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I do feel enlightened dear :) Thank you!

( I know one other martin, though his name is spelled differently than your name)
megarandom From: megarandom Date: January 12th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Well it was written with you in mind because I went looking for it to pass it to you. but it wasn't there. Correct'd!
tinkerbell86ca From: tinkerbell86ca Date: January 12th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed reading it, thank you :)
homunculus From: homunculus Date: January 12th, 2013 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
i thought i'd heard this story, but i think less in-depth. i knew it was a character, but not all the backstory. a kinder, really? lol every party's gotta have one... one of my friends in high school was always a kinder bard, lord.

i've been called an imp familiar and i'm inclined to believe it. i make things easier for certain people in subtle yet profound ways, and i just happen to know things sometimes. lmy hell magicks are diminished here, but i make do. lol

i actually read about half the amber series on a recommendation from my boyfriend slar, but halfway through i lost interest. some of the concepts really intrigued me, but i couldn't get into his writing style.

i've believed in synchronicity at different times. i know it's all bullshit, but i'd really like to believe because it makes things seem better, and some coincidences are just too weird.

as for my switch to this nick... my old names were old and i really liked the idea of this name for a livejournal. pity i mostly stopped posting in it. i still comment though, obviously.
megarandom From: megarandom Date: January 12th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. That would be interesting. Sort of a wise-cracking helpful side-kick.

I'd certainly love to have you around. And if you wanted to be an imp familiar, I'm down. ;)
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