This comes up all of the time, what is the right way to say proper names in the BattleTech universe. Not so much in writing, but when you get gamers together. Well, if it makes you feel any better, we writers slug it out as a topic as well.
We had a meeting last month in Seattle and we arrived at a few agreements among ourselves on certain ones. I saw this pop up in the forums as well this last week…so let me offer the ones we aligned on. Note: I am not an employee of Catalyst Game Labs, I am a mercenary author – so none of what I say is cast in stone. It is simply my understanding of the proper way to pronounce certain names.
Producers of the Atlas, the Atlas Scout Lance, the Atlas Candy Bar…you name it. Two three forms are used the most. Lee-run, Lie-o-run, and Lie-run. Well, it’s Lie-run. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s where we landed.
The Happy Go-Lucky Whackadoodles of the Federated Suns who produce the nicest plate collections for your royal weddings. It has the Max Liao seal of approval!
Two variants come up all of the time. Dah-vion and Davey-an. It’s Davey-an.
The cover of Inner Sphere Sweet 16 Magazine. True story. We argued on this one for a while. Someone suggested we call him “Al” which made me conjure up the image of Al Bundy, hands down his pants, etc. There were impersonations involved. As it turns out, we were fairly split on the two forms: Ahl-erick (with the variant of Al-erick) and Alair-ick. For the most part, we seemed to settle on Ahl-erick or the variant.
I think we all settled on “Shist-oo” however Randall did produce Cheese-stew, which opened up a number of cheese-based jokes including Cheese-doodle. We never put in pin in this one, but I favor Shist-oo.
I feel assured this will spark countless hours of nerdgasms…so my work is done for the night. You are welcome!