What’s in a name? – Fisherman’s Guild

Next up the Fisherman’s Guild.

Fish

Shark

Shark

A loner by nature, Shark is adept at patiently hunting his prey, a calm and deadly predator. Whilst the latest captain of the Fisherman’s Guild may feel isolated from his team, he is an exceptional footballer and one of the hottest talents in the game right now.

A shark is a cartilaginous (rather than bony) fish famed as hunters of the deep.

Salt

Salt

Unlike some of the other animals dragged in to Guild Ball, Salt isn’t a savage creature or constant annoyance. The Fisherman’s mascot is adored by the team and fans alike, and supports the team by harassing the opposition as they approach.

The most commonly referred to salt is of sodium chloride (NaCl). Salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite and it is present in vast quantities in seawater, where it is the main mineral constituent.

Greyscales

Greyscales

Greyscales is as old as the game itself, and a firm favourite with the fans. He is one of the few players who truly enjoys the game, refusing several offers of retirement to keep on playing.

I couldn’t find a direct link, but possibly grey- as a reference to his age and -scales referring to the skin of fish.

Angel

Angel

The young and attractive striker of the Fisherman’s team, Angel has been playing for less than a season but has already made her mark on the Guild Ball map. She is destined for greatness in the game, if she manages to avoid the numerous bounties on her head.

Again hard to pin the name down (just like the team themselves). The term angel derives form th Greek and Latin for Messenger. Triton in Greek mythology was the messenger of the sea. Another possible link is to the species of fresh and saltwater fish known as Angelfish or possibly the small swimming sea slugs known as Sea Angels.

Jac

Jac

Jac is known as “The Brawler” by his team mates, regularly besting several opponents in the drunken fights he partakes in. His talents make him an ideal defensive player for the Fisherman’s team – a tough old rock standing against the sea.

Possible reference to Jacques Cousteau, the famed French oceanographer. The real question however is, is Jac, Jacques? Ox’s brother.

Kraken

KrakenKraken is a man that emanates power. He is an immovable object, a cliff facing down the waves crashing against it. Like a mighty creature of myth, he smites his opponents with a mighty swing of his tattooed arm.

The Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. A number of authors over the years have postulated that the legend originated from sightings of giant squid that may grow to 12-15 metres in length, despite the fact that the creature in the original tales was not described as having tentacles and more closely resembled a whale or crab. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works.

Siren

Siren

Distant and aloof, the Siren is a mystery to all. There are many rumours on how she came to play for the guild, ranging from the fantastic to the utterly mundane. The Fisherman side have come to rely upon her positional play, tempting opposing players away from the action rather than beating them in to submission.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

Sakana

Sakana

Sakana is a Japanese term referring to food eaten as an accompaniment to alcohol. Because fish, especially dried fish, was a popular choice for these dishes, over the years the term sakana also came to mean “fish”.

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