Lol actually I normally only always played Sorceresses, but recently I've been playing Paladins, primarily cause I want to maintain the fantasy of this Dragon Warrior theme lol, and I've been restarting in different patches lately -.-, kinda tired of paladins honestly ATM but yea lol
And yea I know about ATMA and have used it but don't want to install it. The nice thing about prelod characters is you can just rename the file I believe and the character is renamed, but if I'm remembering wrong you definitely could just open up the character in a hex editor and just change the name in there and it's fine (up to 15 characters). 1.07-1.09 changed it IIRC where the checksum needs to match so if you wanted to rename you would need to change the name (maybe via hex) and then recalculate the checksum (this is something that needs to be done programmatically rather than trying to figure it out by hand).
In my case if i wanted to rename, I prolly would use Hero Editor cause I already have it installed and use it for Succulent testing
. As for safety, well.. we got the Cactus backup feature so I just "Backup", then try to rename, and if it fails or corrupts it, no problem
As for the polearm, hopefully you find it soon lol.