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Pet Name: Loktar
In the hills of Tyrannia a group of younglings played together.
“Hey guys” a tyrannian lupe pup stopped chasing the ball “do you think I look like Sabre-X? Do you think he could be my dad?”
Laughter erupted in the field.
“No, no guys, this is great. He has no name, we should just call him X!” called a pteri chick.
“X!” “Nameless, X!”
The lupe ran away before his friends could see him crying.
‘Why would I say that out loud?’ he thought to himself as he entered the nearby forest, running furiously. Now they would be calling him “X” for the rest of his days. ‘Maybe I should just accept it’ the lupe thought bitterly ‘My name-day is tomorrow and I still haven’t seen what I am to call myself.’
A naming was a sacred thing in Tyrannia, and it was believed that only family could see and decide the true name of a child. If there was no family to speak of, the youngling was to name themselves on their fifth birthday.
A name though, was not just to be decided on arbitrarily, it was meant to come to you in a vision, and no such vision had yet been bestowed upon this lupe.
The pup came upon a forest clearing and lapped up some water from a nearby spring. The sun was hanging low in the sky and the run and the emotional turmoil had worn the lupe down. A nearby cave, covered in soft, green moss offered shelter for the night and the lupe laid down and let sleep claim him.
“Wake up” the pup rose to his feet instantly upon hearing a strange, gruff voice.
“Good, your reaction time from a deep sleep is impressive.” the voice said
Bleary-eyed from sleep, the lupe’s vision came into focus. In the entrance of the cave before him was a terrible creature with tusks and blotchy green skin. A horribly mutated grundo.
“I know I’m not pretty, Dr. Sloth saw to that.” The voice of the creature was raspy and blunt but it somehow made the pup feel safe, and at peace. This creature was wise and powerful beyond the lupe’s ability to conceive of such things, of this he was sure.
“In a much shorter time than I would like, Neopia will need you, young one.” the creature had watery blue eyes that seemed to be able to look into the pup’s very soul. “You must prepare yourself. Go to Mystery Island and seek out the Techo Master.”
The creature rose and walked toward him.
“After your training with the Techo Master is complete you must seek out King Hagan in Brightvale. He will tutor you in the ways of this world. Do not fret over how to explain this to them. You need only tell them your name.’
Mystery Island? The pup’s head was spinning. He was just a Tyrannian orphan, is he sure he has the right lupe? And wait…
“I haven’t a name to give them.”
The creature smiled
“You do, child. It is the name that will be sung by this world after you have taken down it’s greatest evil. It is a blessing, and a curse to be born with the mantle of such a great destiny, but do not think yourself a creature unworthy of a name. You are Loktar, and you are the victory of Neopia.”
Violently, the lupe snapped awake.
No….it was his naming vision.
“Loktar” the pup tried his name.
And with that Loktar set off to the Tyrannian docks to offer labor on a ship in exchange for a ride to Mystery Island, where the Techo Master awaited him.
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