The Character Creation Guide

The following is a guide to help you get started in creating your character here. It is not mandatory to follow but is a reference that can help you get started and help you keep your story straight, enhancing your character details during role play.

Whether you have experience in other role play SIMs in Second Life® or not, you can be sure to find a place in our Bear River community.

Bear River gives you the freedom to be the character you wish to be, be that a Homesteader, Miner, Law Man (Sheriff, Marshal etc), an Outlaw (would be wise to hide this identity as someone else in town, making it fun role-play to uncover your criminal identity), a religious leader (a priest, a pastor, a pastor’s assistant), or even  a cavalry soldier, saloon worker, a saloon girl/dancer, a bartender, a bank teller, a court clerk, a Native (Bear River is also the home of the Cherokee tribe — if you wish to join the Cherokee please ask an admin for an application; only our Chief can accept new members to the tribe), and more. We are open to hearing new ideas for your character that you may have. Our Newspaper also usually lists any job openings we have in town.

If you are brandnew to role playing, it is normal to feel nervous at first, but don’t worry! We were all there once and there is no need to be shy. We all want to get to know your unique character!

Want to role play as an animal? You can!  As long as the animal you chose to be existed in this area in the 19th century (this includes horses, wolves, bears, ravens, hawks, eagles, wild hogs, dogs, cats etc).  You must behave like your animal would (so no talking, only emoting).  More on animal role playing in SIM Rules.   You can also have specific roles as an animal character, here are some ideas:  Law animals, tracking animals, cavalry animals.  If you have more ideas, contact Kenton Wetherby.

The following is a guide to help you get started in creating your human character here. It is not mandatory to follow but is a reference that can help you get started and help you keep your story straight, enhancing your character details during role play.



What is your name?

What do you like to be called?

Your character name can be anything you wish. You can include a nickname if you want as well. In other words, your name can read << Archibald “Archie” McIntyre >> or << Sequoyah (Thirty-Two Winters Old) >> if native for example. Some Cherokee here like to include their age in this way along with their name.

Once you have attached your WW meter, to change your name that reeds in green, simply write in the local chat: /99name,NewName

For common native and settler names with common nicknames for the 1870’s, read at the bottom for some name ideas/examples.


How old are you?

Do you not know your exact age?

Why may you not know your exact age?

Keep in mind your age affects your behavior. Whether you are an elder or a teenager, middle-aged or a toddler, you must act your character’s chosen age.


What is your background?

Did you come from an eastern state and are moving west for a particular reason?

Were you born and raised in the western frontier?



What has happened in your character’s life to make you this way?

Are you very shy and innocent? Are you bitter and mean? Are you motherly and nurturing? Are you rugged and not well-mannered?  Are you a hopeless romantic? Are you a flirtatious womanizer (or vice versa for opposite gender)?


Feel free to write your answers somewhere or in a note card for you to keep as reference!



If you are unsure what to call yourself

Some common 19th century names with nickname examples for MALE SETTLERS include:

Abraham (Abe), Archibald (Archie), Augustus (Augie), Bartholomew (Bart), Cornelius (Con), Robert (Dob), Nethaniel or Nathanial (Fanny or Nate), Phineas (Finney), Frederick (Fred), Harold (Hal), Henry (Hank), Isaac (Ike), Jacob (Jake), Jeduthan (Jed), Jeremiah (Jerry or Jeremy), Christopher (Kit), Lawrence (Larry), Elijah, Malcolm, Edwin or Edward (Ned), Newton, Oliver (Ollie), Patrick (Paddy), Zachariah (Riah), Thadeus (Tad), Theophilus (Theo), Virgil, William (Will or Willie), ….

Some common 19th century names with nickname examples for FEMALE SETTLERS include:

Abigail or Tabitha (Abby), Alice, Barbara (Babbie), Rebecca (Becky), Obedience (Bede), Arabella or Isabella (Bella), Elizabeth (Bes, Bessie, Betsie or Beth), Bridget (Biddie), Sabrina (Briney), Caroline (Carrie), Cassandra (Cassie), Lucinda or Cynthia (Cindy), Cleophas (Cleda), Clementine (Clemmie), Constance (Connie), Dorothy (Dolly), Theodosia (Dosia), Edith, Elleonor (Ellie), Esther or Hester (Essie), Frances (Fannie or Frankie), Genevieve or Virginia (Gen), Gertrude, Augusta, Harriet (Hatty), Hermione (Hermie), Jane, Janet, Judith (Judy), Julia (Julie), K/Catherine or K/Cathleen (Kate), Christina, Relief (Leafy), Letitia (Letty), Melissa (Lisa), Olivia (Livy), Charlotte (Lollie), Louisa (Lou), Lucinda (Lucy), Belinda (Lynne), Margaret or Margery (Madge), Mary, Martha (Mattie), Jemima (Mima), Elmira (Myra), Ann, Anna, Ellen, Hellen, Joan (Nonie), Penelope (Penny), Prudence (Prue), Lorraine, Loretta, Sarah, Priscilla, Cecilia (Sissy), Tabitha (Tabby), Natalie, Theresa, Gertrude (Trudy), Winifred (Winnet or Winnie), ….

Some common MALE CHEROKEE names and their meanings include:

Adahy (“in the oak woods”), Ahuli (drum), Asgayagiga (“bloody man”), Atohi (woods), Atagulkalu (“leaning wood”), Atsadi (fish), Chea Sequah (red bird), Chuconnunta (warrior), Degataga (“standing together”), Diwali (bowls), Dustu (spring frog), Galegenoh (stag), Gowoni-i (“he is speaking”), Inage-Utasunhi (“He-Who-Grew-Up-Wild” — this was the name of a boy in the Cherokee Creation Story), Kanáti (“Lucky Hunter” — first man on earth’s name), Kanuna (bullfrog), Mohe (elk), Onacona (white owl), Sequoyah (sparrow), Tsiyi (“canoe”, pronounced Tshee-yee), Unaduti (wooly head), Waya (wolf), Wesa (cat), Wohali (eagle), Yunequa (big bear) ….

Some common FEMALE CHEROKEE names and their meanings are:

Adsila (blossom), Agasga (rain), Ahyoka (“she brought happiness”), Ama (water), Amadahy (forest water), Atsila (fire), Awenasa (“my home”), Awinita (fawn), Ayita (“first to dance”), Dohiyi (“where peace resides”), Galilahi (attractive), Galilani (friend), Gola (winter), Hiawassee (meadow), Immookalee (waterfall / tumbling water), Inola (This name is already taken by our Beloved Woman, meaning is “black fox”), Kamama (butterfly), Knasgowa (Heron), Leotie (prairie flower), Nanye-hi (“goes about”), Ninovan (“our home”), Salali (squirrel), Selu (“corn” — first woman on earth’s name), Tayanita (young beaver), Tsitsunagiska (wild rose), Tsula (fox), Unega (white), Woya (dove), ….


Some SL Marketplace Stores that sell great Western apparel and accessories:

NOTE: not all the clothing sold by these vendors are acceptable in role-play, please read the SIM Rules for clarification on what is acceptable in terms of attire.

Harm’s Way

Timber Creek Outfitters

Rose’s Design

Rag Dollz

Sammie’s Shops


Cherokee Sensations

Mohican Sun Enterprise

Green River Traders

S’ang Fori Designs

Montagne Noire Clothiers & Furnishings

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