Capsuleer Collective Nouns

(Aria Jenneth) #1

Ave, pilots!

So … there are a lot of terms for an organized or disorganized group of ships (fleet, task force), or of people (crowd, mob, battalion, about a bajillion others). But, what about when the ships are functionally people, or can switch freely from one to the other?

Assuming it’s not like a call sign (which apparently you’re never supposed to give yourself), it seems necessary (or at least fun) to come up with a good collective noun for ourselves. So-- thoughts?

A few initial things that spring to mind for “A _____ of capsuleers”:

A blob (traditional; also pejorative)
A ball
A mass (equally appropriate for Amarr and those in Triglavian ships. Twice as appropriate for Amarr flying Triglavian ships!)
A gank
A hunt (but really this serves the same purpose as “fleet,” and might be a little influenced by my time in PYRE anyway)
A grin (imagine a bunch of us closing in with a hungry look in our eyes. Again, PYRE-inspired, though)
A killing (covers both what we do and what we usually make as a result)
An atrocity
A complaint
A snark
An omelette (of eggers)
A scramble (maybe just for tacklers?)
A wealth


(Corraidhin Farsaidh) #2

A murder of capsuleers

(Mizhara Del'thul) #3

A liability.
An embarrassment.
A camp.
A craze.
A glory.
A grace.
A mercy.
A malignancy.
A mistake.
A nitpick.

… okay, I’m going to stop here before I start thinking alphabetically.

(Eloise Kingdom) #4

Ah, Ms Del’thul, but what is the collective name for a pack of alts?

(Mizhara Del'thul) #5

A Mizery. Assuming you’re referring to my various associates.

(Eloise Kingdom) #6

I was thinking “A Holding” - an unlawful, and hypocritical one. But in your case, not a surprising one.

(Mizhara Del'thul) #7

“Unlawful and hypocritical”?

(Corraidhin Farsaidh) #8

An Ineptitude of Capsuleers

(Eloise Kingdom) #9

You claim to hate slave holding.
They are Slaves, solely performing actions you give them in complete obligation to you.
You are not a Holder.

Hypocritical and Unlawful.

(Mizhara Del'thul) #10

Wait a second, let me get this straight.

Capsuleers, paid and employed by me… is slavery to you? How exactly are you imagining capsuleers getting enslaved in the first place, and do you understand how society functions in general? Services, work and goods exchanged for currency and favors? Have you never had a job in your life? Never worked with someone else in order to achieve something? Pooled resources for mutual benefit perhaps?

Having associates among capsuleers… and slavery. These are concepts I’ve never seen combined before. It’s downright delectable in its staggering stupidity.

(Maria Daphiti) #11

A “solid wall” of capsuleers

A “Flock” of Capsuleers

A “Band” of capsuleers

“Avenging Angels”

(Aria Jenneth) #12

For all of us, Ms. Maria? Or just … well, Amarr?

(Maria Daphiti) #13

I admit I was speaking from my Amarr background! All of those suggested names are from scripture!

(Samira Kernher) #14

Uh… what?

(Aria Jenneth) #15

Can we maybe have that discussion move somewhere else if it really has to happen, pilots?

(Pieter Tuulinen) #16

A Cluster of… uh… Flaps.

(Charles Cambridge Schmidt) #17

I think “swarm” is a pretty apt descriptor with the ravenous nature of larger scale space combat. Most things insect or bug related win out for me, here. Either that, or a “tide” of them… because that opens up the possibility of adding standing coloration to it. Red tide, blue tide, et cetera.

(Arrendis) #18

Maybe, but in common parlance it has other connotations many might object to.

I kinda like ‘a scramble’, myself.

(Renelle Ronuken) #19

I suggest an “unkindness” or a “conspiracy.”

But I’m also a fan of “hunt.”

(Orpheus Menkalinan) #20

A gaggle…as in, of geese; honks and hisses threateningly and craps everywhere.