Nomen mulls over what Twillie tells him about the ghost scientist. "I suppose Dr. Rivers would be too obvious, but it gives me a place to start. However, I think I'll start with the first name.
"Have you heard of the artist Thomas Hart Benton? His name comes to mind for some reason, he's an American artist of that time period. Perhaps the first name can be Thomas, then.
"Would Dr. Thomas Rivers be something to consider? Let's at least give it a deeper try, eh?" The Appellationer starts going through pockets. "Hm... water words are all too common, I think this calls for some botany, something outside my usual tools."
He goes to a bookshelf and pulls out a book about botany, blowing dust off the cover. He starts reading at random. "Ha! How's this a name for an actual real botanist! Nehemiah Grew! There's a Marcello Malpighi as well. Both came up with theories about how water moves through a plant, though neither ended up being correct. It was Stephen Hales who ended up being the one to solve the question. Still, if our ghost scientist friend was successful, then there wouldn't be much of a story, would there?"
"Let's go with Dr. Thomas Marcello, then." He takes out his fountain pen and scrawls the name on a piece of paper. "I hope the name fits the story."
Lizica nods and nods as the Appellationer brainstorms, and happily accepts the paper with the suggested name.
"Oh, 'Frankie Tenor,' that does have an interesting ring to it!" she says. "I'm not completely sure about Frankie, but I do really like the sound of Tenor. Maybe I can use something similar to that for a surname! Thank you so much for all your input and help with brainstorming, Mr. Nomen! I really appreciate it."
Quotation of the Moment: "All is not lost. Some of it is intentionally hidden." -Night Vale proverb, Welcome to Night Vale
"Oh, I like those suggestions!" Twillie says as Nomen hands her the paper. "The last name I might mull on a bit more, but Thomas actually feels very fitting, I might just go with that for him! Thanks!"
EdgyLiou gazes upon the wolfy critter and pets it - very edgily okay. They hold it up like some kind of royal cub being dangled far too dangerously for an overly pompous ritual. "Scruffy you will be. A deceptively cute name that will distract people from your demon-crushing jaws. Also very adorable." EdgyLiou welcomes Nomen to pet Scruffy.
Pixie enters the cottage, covered with plushies and a small dragon on her shoulder. After Nomen introduces himself, she takes from a big fluffy alpaca bag a glittery rock, that wiggles like jelly as she produces it.
"Thank you, Nomen, I could really use your help. Please help me name my pet rock."
After another look at the basket, she asks, "Is the candy and names an either-or thing?"
Nomen regards the raspberry red rock. "Hm, naming a pet rock, huh? I'm glad you don't take me for granite. Just hold on stalac-tight, I'll come up with Rockin' name."
Nomen starts going through the pockets of his apron. "Rockbert isn't much of a pun on Norbert. Hm, but there's Rockwell, that's a decent last name. Minerva/Mineral? Crystal? Crystal Minerva Rockwell? That's a bit of a mouthful for a pet rock, but it would certainly make yours stand out. Then again, it's not very crystalline. So how about just Minerva Rockwell?"
The Appellationer takes his pen and scrawls Minerva Rockwell on a bit of paper. "Yes, I hope Minerva Rockwell is suitably punny for you. And feel free to take a candy as well, I think the Raspberry Creams are dandy."