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sabari a Yammaninke verb meaning 'to quiet,' 'to soothe,' 'to know oneself,' 'to have clarity'

sabu magic, witchcraft, supernatural abilities outside the known forms of nayamaya

Sansumakalo the third month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for Queen Sansuma Zankare, the first queen of Yamma (roughly coincides with Earth’s September)

Sasayaiba a jijaka bloodline technique, unique to the Matsuda family, wherein the jijaka turns ice into a bladed weapon hard enough for use in combat against steel and glass weapons, meaning literally ‘Whispering Blade’ in the Shirojima dialect of Kaigengua

Sayaakalo the ninth month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for the mythical human ancestor Sayaa from the Donkili (roughly coincides with Earth’s March)

Sayida a country on the continent of Namindugu, populated by the descendants of various indigenous peoples and colonizers from Abtya and Yamma

senjaka a shortened form of senkujaka (pl: senjakalu) a person who controls sand and dust particles (thought to have died out centuries ago)

Senku a prefix for a member of the senkuli kafo, similar to the English ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’

senkuden a diminutive address for a young member of the senkuli kafo

senkuli (pl: senkuliwu) a member of the endogamous Yammanka glass-working class that manipulates nyama through their glasswork

Senkuke a respectful address for a male member of the senkuli kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘sir.’

Senkuyaa a respectful address for a female member of the senkuli kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘ma’am.’

Shangoro the Thunder King a fictional crime-fighter

Sibikalo the sixth month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for the mythical human ancestor Sibi from the Donkili (roughly coincides with Earth’s December)

siira (pl. siiranu) a Dunian measure of time (roughly 43 Earth seconds) there are 50 siiranu in a gbaati, 100 siiranu in a waati, 2000 siiranu in a day

Sinimogo the name of a classic cartoon about the Yammanka superhero, Sunjara

siya (pl. siyalu) a Yammaninke noun meaning 'tribe' or 'ethnic group'

Siyatakalo or Siyakalo the eleventh month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for the mythical martyr Princess Siyata from the Donkili (roughly coincides with Earth’s May)

Sizwe the southernmost country on the continent of Kelendugu, populated mostly by tajakalu, a former imperial power and old rival of Yamma’s

so a Yammaninke noun meaning 'house,' 'hall' or 'building'

Sokolokalo the fourth month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for Queen Sokolo Wagadu, the second queen of Yamma (roughly coincides with Earth’s October)

soku (pl: sokulu) a traditional Yammanka stringed instrument played with a bow

sondatigi (pl: sondatiwu) a sub-theonite with the ability to control sound

sondaya the ability to control sound

soxoma a Yammaninke noun meaning 'morning'

sub-theonite a person who has special abilities but does not qualify as one of the original types of theonite (tajaka, jijaka, fonyaka, or the now extinct senjaka and kabaka) such as littigiwu, sondatigiwu, and fankatigiwu

Sumuldugu the ice covered continent on Duna’s south pole

sugu a Yammaninke noun meaning 'song'

suguso a Yammaninke noun meaning 'school' (literally 'house of song')

suma a Yammaninke verb meaning 'to cool' or 'to calm down'

Suna the ancestral clan of all numuwu and senkuliwu, assimilated into the First Yammanka Empire in 3897

Sunjara a famous fictional superhero on Duna

Suradon the seventh day of the eight-day Dunian week, named for the mythical human ancestor Sura from the Donkili, a day of rest and reflection

 

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