Ceiling Giancarlo, Captain Jim, this question is for you two! Not sure if it’s been answered before, but here goes:
How did you and the rest of the team decide on the names for the original characters for Gltas? For example, Aya, Razer, Ghiata, and Gogon.
Aya just popped into my head when someone suggested the ship’s computer be an AI. I heard Aya and suggested she should become a cute girl robot, too. Mostly, because at that point in development, there were no girls in the cast.
As for Razer, Sam Register suggested a need for another character because, in his words, “that’s a lot of green plastic on the toy shelf. Maybe you should use a red guy! A badboy!”
When we figured out the this character would essentially be a terrorist looking for redemption I pitched to Bruce Timm every word I could think of that sounded sharp: “Blade, Spike, Edge, Razor…” He stopped me right there. Razer.
G’hiata was all Andrew Robinson. We worked on the character together but the name came out of his head. I’ll ask him.
Goggin was originally called Gumm after Ben Gunn in Treasure Island. He’s also a little bit of Dr. Van Gelder in Dagger of the Mind, too, but that didn’t help. BT rightfully pointed out that we had too many villian names starting with G. Why we renamed it another G name is beyond me,
Like Goggin, Jim is a SLAVE to work!
I’m glad Jim answered this one, I usually default to the writers when it comes to naming characters.