About the Name
Greek meaning Bearer of Good News
Hebrew meaning Spring
English meaning (Ana Ava) Living Grace
Avianna is a name that has been with me since 2000, when I was a sophomore in high school. I first created the name in for Yahoo Club (when they were still called Yahoo Clubs) called Final Love, a post-by-post Final Fantasy RPG. I loved the recently released Final Fantasy 9, s I played Freya. However, I later decided I wanted to create my own original character. I came up with the name Avianna, which I thought was a completely new name. Little did I know it wasn’t… Darn! The Avianna character was in love with Reno from FF7 because I was too. I carried on that character through more than four post-by-post communities on Yahoo Clubs all though highschool.
Soon after getting bored of spending hours writing, I found a group of kids at my local college that played an online game called Tibia. It was a 2D game with cute pixel graphics. I named my character Avianna and decided I would roleplay her with a new kind of persona. I wanted her to be a good role-model, a kind leader. My groupd of friends I played Tibia with helped me start a guild called “Court of the Lady,” and we had some amazing memories. It’s a guild name I still hold close to my heart.
I slowly became stereotypically obsessed with the game. At the time I was 19 with a full time job and no money. Playing Tibia was a much-needed release that didn’t cost anything. I poured all my creative energy into it, creating game events, comics, and helping to creat the first officially-recognized Tibia Fan site (www.tibianews.net). The site led me to become friends with the creators of the game and some amazing game community members.
I went through many guilds and created many roleplay events. Because of my deep connection to the game I also went through many heartbreaks. At the time, I let things get to me too much and that’s why I inevitably stopped playing Tibia. But before I left, I established many contacts, including a girl named Laura from England, a sweetheart and role-playing Chilean named Andres, and the sometimes shy and misunderstood Ante from Sweden, as well as a whole slough of Game Masters and people from around the world.
Some of my greatest achievements playing Tibia include the following:
- Encouraging gaming servers to host their own fun events. Many players envied the first game server for hosting all the worthwhile events. I tried to prove that anyone could do them.
- Created Aerceus, one of my last guilds, which tried its best to make the game sane and fun for everyone on our home server, Danubia.
- Helped create TibiaNews and the site’s Horoscope Section, as well as their yearly April Fools event. The April Fools event led to four of my friends on Tibia News becoming Game Masters.
- Befriended Laura.
- Used test servers to check out bugs in speech and items. The game was made in Germany, but written in English and I helped edit their English descriptions
Through the course of playing Tibia, I learned to focus on trying, no matter what, to be the best person I could be.
World of Warcraft
After Tibia, a few of my roommates started playing World of Warcraft. I got the chance to try open and closed beta, which was a blast. Avianna started off an Undead Priest, but ended up a Two-Weapon Fighting Gnome when I started playing more often. I played on the Deathwing server and was in a guild called “Ravencrest Watch,” named after a monument in the game.
At first I had a hard time with WoW because I was used to the open format of Tibia. However, it became a game I was less connected to, which was good for me at the time. I had fun leveling and enjoying my surroundings. I also joked around with people in my guild via Ventrilo and even had a chance to meet a few of them in person. Playing WoW, I met one of my good friends, who helped me put on the mask of my first cosplay and has gone to a number of conventions with me.
Because most the people in the game took it too seriously and often fought the same boss over and over again (Ah Raiding), I had a hard time staying connected and there was little that made me want to keep playing. Thus when I started going to school again and quit my full-time job, I quit the game cold turkey and haven’t gone back since.
I should also add I was known as the Ugly Gnome Lesbian on my server. You may be confused if you look through the pictures and not know why some of them are there. XD
Table Top Gaming
An ex-boyfriend was the first person to use the name Avianna in reference to me. When he was in the army, he used Avianna as the name of the girl in his DnD campaign his character wished to find. When he came back from the Army and told me the story, I started to think of ways I could us the name for characters in other table top games.
The most recent time I used the name, I used it for a Shackled City game and I played a start Sorcerer. I also used her as a Tremere in a Larp game, during which I was the storyteller.
Avianna as a Character
If I think about it on a psychological level, I’ve always played Avianna as a sort of person I would like to be. But the forms have changed very much since her birth. When I first played her in high school, she had black hair and an attitude. I wanted so badly to be a punk rocker back then. She was free-spirited and a bit of a drunk. All of which was not me at all; in fact, I was pretty much the opposite.
When I played her on Tibia, I really saw her as a noble, but good-spirited, woman. I envisioned her looking like Jilia Blight from Suikoden 2 with a quiet, stern but friendly demeanor like Freya from Final Fantasy 9. I still picture her that way today. I would say that in using the name as a reference to myself, it speaks worlds about how I feel about me personally. She’s the kind of person I strive to be and I feel I’ve come along way to become the person I would like to be.
Online Alias & Much More
Because I’ve been known by the name Avianna online for many years, I’ve used the name on most my accounts all over the Internet. I used to have a Gaia, NeoPets, and IMVU account all using the name Avianna. Most of the forums I frequent also use the handle Avianna. Even my Xbox Live handle has Avianna in the tag. If the name Avianna is taken, I take LadyAvianna.
All this brings us to the now. I currently use this name as my alias at conventions. It has gotten to the point were people call me “Avi.”