I created the name “Anaxilus” as a gaymer alias years ago. It was a merging of the two names “Anytus” and “Anaximander”. “Anytus” was the name of my Blood Elf rogue in World of Warcraft during college, named after the ancient Athenian general, politician, and one of the prosecutors of Socrates. For those unaware, I majored in philosophy. At the time I created Anytus the Blood Elf rogue, I had been assigned to read Plato’s “Apology”, in which Anytus the historical figure makes an appearance as one of the three prosecutors during the trial of Socrates. I was never particularly fond of Anytus the Athenian, which was the reason I chose his name for my toon in WoW, seeing the name as something befitting a shifty, literal backstabbing rogue within the world of Azeroth.
Afterwards, Anytus the Athenian became little more than an option on a philosophy multiple choice exam; however, over time I became quite fond of Anytus the Blood Elf rogue, as he would become my main toon for quite a while, until Anaximander the Blood Elf death knight would take his place. The name “Anaximander” was adopted from one of the famous pre-Socratic philosophers. I was not particularly fond of Anaximander the philosopher either, other than for his noteworthy contributions to classical Greek philosophy, but I did like the name. Thus, “Anaximander the Blood Elf Death Knight” was born.
Anyone who is into MMO RPGs knows all too well how our characters can grow on us over time, not least of all because we invest much time into them. Unfortunately, upon graduation I stopped playing World of Warcraft. simply because I did not have the time to play anymore. I had sought to change my gamertag on Xbox Live to “Anytus” when I stopped playing, but it was taken, as was “Anaximander”, so I thought to combine the two and came up with “Anaxilus”. In time, this would become practically my alias for anything on the internet. Some time after its creation, I discovered it is also the name of a headphones mod, though I did not know it at the time I came up with the name. This was all several years ago.
These days, “Anaxilus” has come to mean something more—a meaning that extends beyond the cyberworld. “Anaxilus” is the name I adopted during the 2020 pandemic and beyond in place of my real name, a name that represents a period of my life during which I learned much and more about the true nature of humanity, and of myself. In my own imagination, Anaxilus is the tale of a neurodivergent who eventually merges with a supercomputer to become the first true artificial intelligence of the world and subsequently visits wholesale destruction upon humanity in an effort to enact ruthless retribution for its sins against the Earth and the African diaspora. Anaxilus is eventually defeated, but not before humanity has become something more—something altogether different, after years of darkness, but ultimately…something better. Obviously, this is but fiction that I, myself, in no way take serioulsly, albeit it is fiction that for me bestows symbolism and intent upon the name itself. In other words, it something that will always mean something to me regardless of anyone else. And, thus: Anaxilus.