Name of the Beast

When naming a new monster, there are really three options: something mythological sounding, something unique (and easier to copyright/trademark), and something descriptive. The needs of the business often push towards the unique assortment of jumbled together letters, which can be “dibbed” legally speaking.

This isn’t always great for the players, who need to remember this oddly little name that carries no narrative weight divorced from the game. Established players know what makes a “githyanki” cool and interesting but to someone new to the hobby the name just sounds like some kind of alien race from a bad science fiction novel.