Defenders 041: Pugna
January 17, 2012
It’s been a long time coming, and I think Killsbury has chosen wisely. Here’s Pugna, in all his skeletal glory.
You might not have known this, but pugna is Latin for fight or battle. Now that I think about it, I bet pugilism (boxing) shares the same root. 108 (!!!) heroes means 108 names, and they come from a variety of sources. A lot of them are totally made up, as least as far as I can tell. Some, like Kunkka, are tributes to community members. Others have roots in other pop culture, languages, history, and mythology.
I’ve compiled a list of a few of the more interesting name origins I found:
Aurel Vlaicu (Gyrocopter) is named after a Romanian inventor and engineer who built and flew his own airplanes in the early 1900s.
Kaldr (Ancient Apparation) is an Old Norse word meaning (duh) cold.
Mortred (Phantom Assassin) is probably a slight variation on Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur.
Black Arachnia (Broodmother) shares her name with a Predacon from Transformers: Beast Wars.
Rikimaru (Stealth Assassin) is named after one of the ninjas from Tenchu.
Atropos (Bane Elemental) in classical mythology is the name of the Fate that cuts the threads of life. This is where the word atrophy comes from.
There are loads more that I recognized, and some that I probably didn’t. So, what’s your favourite hero name in Dota? Share any name origins you might be aware of in the comments.
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