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Anyone remember Ignika's placeholder name?

Posted by Erebus , in BIONICLE Oct 04 2014 · 576 views

Anyone?

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Pomegranate
Oct 04 2014 04:23 AM

It had a placeholder name? 

All I remember was Igniters being the placeholder for Inika

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SwagtronYOLO
Oct 04 2014 07:55 AM
Super Mega Glow Squad Alpha?
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Started with a K, I think. And it might have had a U in it. That's the best I can remember, and wouldn't know where to look it up.

I might even be getting mixed up and thinking of a placeholder name for the Avohkii, for all I know.
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Hang on, maybe it was for the Avohkii...
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Hang on, maybe it was for the Avohkii...


In that case, might it have been in The Official Guide to BIONICLE? I can't find my copy right now, but if anyone else has a copy they could check the page for the Toa of Light.
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There is definitely no placeholder name for the Avohkii in the Official Guide, and I'm fairly certain there isn't one at all. I think it was for the Ignika.

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Had to go back well into BS01's history, but I found the Avohkii placeholder name: Korusca.

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Had to go back well into BS01's history, but I found the Avohkii placeholder name: Korusca.

That's the one! A Google search for "Kanohi Korusca" brings up this BZPower news article from 2003 as well as this follow-up article. So I guess that resolves this mystery.
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That name choice is pretty interesting IMO since it's pretty clearly derived from Latin (corusco can mean "I flash, glitter"). You never really think of Latin names showing up during pre-Umbra, but evidently TLG was taking some classical inspiration even in the early years (the only other example I know of is Ignalu from ignis "fire" and nalu, which is Hawaiian for "wave"). The form coruscant "they flash, glitter" is supposedly where Coruscant from Star Wars got its name as well (although apparently the word "coruscant" has made its way into English independently of the planet).

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That name choice is pretty interesting IMO since it's pretty clearly derived from Latin (corusco can mean "I flash, glitter"). You never really think of Latin names showing up during pre-Umbra, but evidently TLG was taking some classical inspiration even in the early years (the only other example I know of is Ignalu from ignis "fire" and nalu, which is Hawaiian for "wave"). The form coruscant "they flash, glitter" is supposedly where Coruscant from Star Wars got its name as well (although apparently the word "coruscant" has made its way into English independently of the planet).


There was also at least one Latin name in the Mata Nui Online Game: Pelagia, a Ga-Matoran shipwright. The word pelagia means "of the sea" or "seafaring". Of course, the Mata Nui Online Game had Matoran names derived from languages all over the world. Other characters with names from classical languages included the Ga-Matoran Nireta (a Greek name meaning "from the sea") and the Le-Matoran Boreas (the name of the north wind in Greek and Roman mythology).
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