It’s been a while and as the Season 2 Mascot models are due to be released shortly, I thought I would round off the ‘What’s in a name?’ for Season 2. Some of these are fairly obvious, but others have more depth to them.
Naja, Venomous Viper
So Naja is Venin’s ‘pet’ snake and ties in well with his poison theme.
Naja is the taxonomic game for the genus of snakes more commonly known as cobras and derives from the Sanskrit for snake, Naga.
Quaff is modelled on a St Bernard, a breed of working dog common to the Alps and bred for mountain rescue. They are famous for carrying a barrel of brandy around their necks.
The verb quaff means to drink ( a usually an alcholic drink) heartily.
Truffles, Cantankerous Swine
Truffles is a pig and the name is likely to arise from the domestic pigs (also known as truffle hogs) used for locating and extracting truffles from forests in Europe.
Mother, Arachnid Queen
A mechanica created by the Engineer’s Guild that resembles a spider (although the art work has 9 legs) and it’s brood. The name is a possible reference to Broodmother from DOTA 2. She is possibly modelled after Wolf Spiders which carry their spiderlings on their backs.
Tentacles, Eastern Mystery
Modelled on an octopus and named after the flexible, mobile, elongated organs the species is famous for.
Wrecker, Giant Shrew
Although described as a shrew, it doesn’t really resemble one and is modelled after an armadillo, a small armoured mammal. The name probably follows the Mason convention of names deriving form tools and is a possible reference to a wrecking ball. There is also a link to Rammus from League of Legends due to the game being a favourite of many at Steamforged games.
The Rolando is in homage to the Guild Ball Tonight desire to have a baby elephant Mascot.
Vileswarm, Fearful Tide
Vileswarm is a swarm of rats, which are often reviled. Not much more to say…
Strongbox, Tribute to the Pirate-King
Strongbox is a tortoise carrying a chest on it’s back. A strongbox is a small lockable box, typically made of metal, in which valuables may be kept.
Strongbox is ‘Rage’s idea of a tribute to the Pirate King apparently, one last piss-take. Strap a treasure chest to the top of it, fill it with Blackheart’s gold, and parade it around’