My full nickname is Raven Talol Shadowborne. I got the name from a character I created in a game of AD&D (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Second Edition). This is a character that I started at 1st level, and through the adventures I took part in, she grew. The character behaved alot like I did and became to mean quite a bit to me. When I first got online on IRC, I had to select a nickname. I chose this character. The net I first connected to (undernet) only allowed 9 characters in a nickname so it became ravenshad.
When I was asked about my nick, I told people I got it from my AD&D character. This often resulted in my discussing the role playing game with people. I also noticed that it caused the name to take on a certain "mystique" to it. People began to call me "The Shadowborne" and spoke of it as some omen or something. At one point, I was asked to write something that showed what the name "Shadowborne" meant to me. The poem below was the result of that request. It was with this poem that I began to feel a real affinity to the nickname. As I was writing it, I found that many things that describe me or my life experiences flowed onto the paper. WIthin 15 minutes I had created the poem. Everyone who has read it, says it speaks volumes about who I am, what I think and feel, and what I stand for. I am not so sure it shows that much, but it does certainly give an idea of what is inside me.
The character of Raven Shadowborne is a rogue. Another name for that is a thief. She developed alot of other skills besides the standard thieving skills that AD&D allows. Interestingly, when asked to fill in the description section of my character sheet, I filled in a basic description of myself. I did add a few things, such as no visible scars, and more body strength than I actually have. But the basic features are the same. The character has black hair and dark brown eyes. I have dark brown eyes and dark brown, almost black, hair. (Unless of course I dye it, which I do to cover the gray) I lacked imagination when creating this character so I modeled it after myself.
Many like to think that the name has some mysterious spiritual
connection for me. When they hear that I chose it simply because of my
favorite game character, they are dissapointed. To some people, having
an emotional attachment to a nickname means there is some kind of spiritual
connection to it. If that is true, then yes I suppose I do have a spiritual
connection to the name because it does mean alot to me. Some like to tell
me that I chose the name because the raven represents certain qualities
that instinctively I know apply to me. This also, I am not sure about.
I just know that I like the name, and I enjoyed playing the character.
So that's the uncovering of the mystery behind my online nick.
by: Raven Shadowborne © May, 1997 ©
The twinkling of stars
The night's shadows
Legend has it
Full of mysteries their very own
Born of the shadows
One untamable free soul
Yet still this untamable soul
This untamable soul
This one has shown to one and all