Username origins (#Blaugust2020 Prompt 24)

I missed this fun prompt from the start of the week since I’d just been away for a long weekend. Magiwastaken answered prompt 24: “How did you get the name that you regularly go by online, and what if anything does it mean?“, so do read it if you haven’t already. The Blaugust schedule for the last few days remaining is over at

There’s not much tale to tell, but the identity I have used for most of my online gaming years, that of the pseudo Welsh/celtic name Telwyn (pronounced “TELL-win”) came from a very old D&D character that I created for someone else’s game back in my teenage years. He was a druid/mage dual class character in a Forgotten Realms game, the term dual class will show just how dated this reference is. Honestly I don’t remember any of his adventures since I think the campaign was very short-lived.

He came back as a NPC quest-giver in another short-lived game I ran for a group at the University RPG club, where he was higher level and had taken the sobriquet of “the Moonmage”. Until I started gaming online he was left forgotten after that for years. When you sign up for anything, especially back 15 years when game platforms and shared launchers were rare, you had to come up with a account or login ID. So I started using some elaboration of Telwyn almost exclusively for that as it was easy to remember and had some memories associated with it.

I had long ago signed up for an email address featuring this name too, I believe I was planning to run a play-by-email campaign and wanted a separate email to use just for this purpose. Thus it goes, it was natural for me to use this ID for my gaming blog when I started it in 2011 as well!

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2 Responses to Username origins (#Blaugust2020 Prompt 24)

  1. Tipa says:

    Wait, there aren’t dual class characters in D&D anymore?

    • Telwyn says:

      Not since ~2000. Since they removed the restriction on Humans from multiclassing in 3rd edition it’s just been multiclassing for all.

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