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 it in a Yahoo Club (when they were still called Yahoo Clubs) called Final Love, a post-by-post Final Fantasy RPG. I played Freya from FF9, because the game had recently come out; however, I later decided I wanted to create my own character. I came up with Avianna, which I later learned wasn’t a new name at all. Darn! The character was in love with Reno from FF7 because I was too. And I carried on that character through more than four post-by-post communities.
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 2-D game with cute graphics. And it was free, too. So I made an Avianna character. It was then I decided that when I role-played using the name Avianna, I would have a new kind of persona. I wanted her to be a good role-model, a kind leader. So, the kids I played Tibia with helped me start a guild called “Court of the Lady,” 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 the first officially-recognized Tibia Fan site (www.tibianews.net). The site led me to become friends with the creators of the game.
I went through many guilds, and, because of my deep connection to the game, many heartbreaks. At the time, I let things get to me too much and that’s why I inevitably stopped playing it. But before I left, I established many contacts, including a girl named Laura from England, a sweetheart and role-playing Chilean wonder 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:
- Shed new light on game servers in which players shaped their world. Many players envied the first game server for hosting every worthwhile events. I tried to prove that anyone could do them.
- Created Aerceus, a later guild, which tried its best to make the game sane for everyone on our home server, Danubia.
- Helped create TibiaNews and the site’s Horoscope Section, as well as their yearly April Fools event, which 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 in through the course of playing the game, 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. In fact, I even got the chance to try open beta, which was a blast. Avianna started off a Priest, but ended up a Two-Weapon Fighter when I started playing more often. I played on the Deathwing server and played in a guild called “Ravencrest Watch,” which was 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 I liked. 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.
But because most the people in the game took it too seriously and often fought the same boss over and over again, I had a hard time staying connected and wanting to continue, so 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, Avianna has always been a form of what I want to become. 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. 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 and stern, but friendly demeanor like Freya from FF9. 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 myself.
Online Alias & Much More
Because I’ve been known by most people online as Avianna for many years, I’ve used the name on most 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.
This all 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.”