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  • Magnoceri

    According to Wiktionary, the most common plural form of "rhinoceros" is simply "rhinoceros" (just like "sheep" etc), while "rhinoceri" is considered incorrect or jocular. I guess Magnoceros should follow the same pattern and have "Magnoceros" as its plural instead of "Magnoceri"?

    Also how would you pronounce Magnoceros? MAG-no-ce-ros, mag-NO-ce-ros, or ... mag-no-CE-ros?

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    Magnus

    “The master-smiths of Mt. Joerlak agree on only a single point: that the horn of a magnoceros is more precious than any alloy. And of all such horns, the largest and sharpest belongs to the beast they call Magnus. For half a generation, Magnus took easy sport goring hunters come to claim the treasures of his kin. Each time he would return to his cave with hooves and horns stained red, until his Matriarch urged him and all their kin to seek refuge to the north beyond the shadow of the mountain. But Magnus scoffed, having never failed to defend his people. The magnoceri would stay, he decided, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance… nor does it ever change its mind. But when Mt. Joerlak erupted without warning, and half his kin perished in the fire and ash, Magnus changed his mind after all. The survivors pushed north, until they reached a blockade watched over by a hundred hunters armed with bow and steel. Magnus expected no less. He led his fiercest brothers and sisters in a charge against their enemies, and fought with a ferocity matched only by the fire-spewing mountain at his back. Meanwhile the magnoceros elders, mothers, and calves vanished into the drifts. The master-smiths are divided about what happened next. Some say Magnus reunited with his kin, while others claim he suffered mortal injuries and expired alongside the body of his Matriarch. Neither theory is correct. Magnus did vow to rejoin his kin…but only after seeking out those responsible for the eruption of Mt. Joerlak and watching them die upon his horn, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance.”

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    • #3
      It doesn't necessarily have to follow earth-based language rules in a fantasy universe.

      And I'd pronounce it the same as rhinoceros, but with a mag. So, MAG-no-ceros

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      • #4
        Exactly that, it is an entirely new word... Well, not entirely. You just have to give them that one thing - "magnoceri" has an intimidating note to it. Fits the lore and the character, as of me.

        And personally, I'm stressing the "ceros" part.
        Heroes this user should seriously reconsider ever picking again.

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