Back in the good old days of Classic D&D when the world was young and character classes were simpler things, I once gave my players a simple instruction. I tossed Roget’s Thesaurus at them (literally), and told them to generate a character but they had to rename the class using the thesaurus. This gave us a party made up of Cedric the Parson, Urun the Boxer and Pete the Picaro – which was much more flavourful than Cedric the Cleric, Urun the Fighter and Pete the Rogue!
With 4e D&D’s we’re at an exciting point. Unlike Third Edition, there’s few classes currently available – just those in the PHB and the handful previewed in Dragon and Wizards’ own site – so now is a great time to crack open the Thesaurus again and rename your class to something with a little more zing. Do it quick before all the synonyms get taken as the names of new Character Classes!
I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Here’s a handful of synonyms for each of 4e’s Core Classes, straight from Thesaurus.com. The list for the Warlord class makes me really want to play one now :).
Cleric:churchman, churchwoman, clergyman, clergywoman, clerical, clerk, divine, ecclesiastic, minister, parson
Fighter: battler, belligerent, boxer, bruiser, champion, combatant, competitor, contender, duelist, gladiator, pug, pugilist, scrapper, soldier, vindicator, warrior
Paladin: champion, hero, knight, supporter
Ranger: policeman, policewoman, rover, soldier, trooper, wanderer, warden
Rogue: adventurer, beggar, blackguard, cad, caitiff, cheat, cheater, criminal, culprit, delinquent, devil, gamin, harlot, knave, lowlife, malefactor, miscreant, picaro, picaroon, pirate, rapscallion, rascal, renegade, reprobate, ribald, scalawag, scamp, scaramouche, scoundrel, shark, sharper. seescoundrel, swindler, tramp, trickster, vagabond, vagrant, villain, wander
Warlock: archimage, conjuror, magician, necromancer, sorcerer, witch, wizard
Warlord: archimandrite, avant-garde, bellwether, bishop, boss, cantor, captain, cardinal, caudillo, chairman, chairperson, champion, chief, chieftain, coach, commander, conductor, corypheus, dean, doyen, doyenne, duke, elder, executive, figurehead, foreman, front man, general, governor, groundbreaker, guide, guru, head, hierophant, honcho, innovator, line, lion, maestro, mentor, mogul, pacemaker, patron saint, pilot, pioneer, pope, premier, president, priest, primate, principal, protagonist, rabbi, ruler, shogun, spark plug, speaker, spokesman, trailblazer, trendsetter, tycoon, vanguard (Wow!)
Wizard: authority, clairvoyant, conjurer, diviner, expert, fiend, genius, mage, magician, master, medium, necromancer, prodigy, professional, sage, seer, shark, sorcerer, thaumaturge, warlock, witch
Till next time!