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Index F to Man and Beast

Each entry starts with the name or prefix in capitals, linked to the Piececlopedia page if an established piece, followed by the plural in plain text if irregular. Then comes the geometry, with a link to the Man and Beast page - square also covers cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism, all covers those plus 2d hex and 2d/3d pentagonal ones, and hex covers xyrixa/hex-prism. Then comes the definition in plain text. The name's origin, if more than random and neither a Piececlopedia piece nor obvious, is in italics. Compounds of two oblique leapers always have one of a set of endings designed to avoid duplicate names for mixed-range and part-symmetric versions. Unless specified as royally-restricted a piece is capturable. The phrase "capturing as" means exclusively unless prefixed with "also". When a move can be "repeated" it means without capturing on any but the last instance. DQR stands for Defaulting to Queen (square) or Rook (hex). Names combining component names are marked ¢. FO pieces' symmetric counterparts are marked §.

New in 2016 under this combination of letters: Farmhand
New in 2015 under this letter: Feretaker

The acknowledgments, overview, and glossary to the series can be found here.


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FACILA xyrixa/hex-prism Rabbi+Macel, reversing first 3 letters, or 2 consonants, of Cafila whose Curved rider it is.
FACULTY square Wing+Tusk, from the idea of an academic "ivory tower".
FAGIN square Pocket+Picket, as organiser of pickpockets.
FAIRING hex Ring+Fashion ¢.
FAIRWAY cubic/hex-prism Rite+Fashion ¢.
FALCON square 45° Wazir-Ferz 3-stepper, from Falcon Chess.
FALTBOAT square Falcon+Fantail, extrapolating from Dabbaba (whose FO version is Dabchick, a bird) plus Elephant equals Alibaba (represented as ship in Ken Franklin's Leap Chess) to Falcon (as an established bird name) plus Fantail (a "syllable swapping" on Elephant) equals Faltboat.
FAMEL square symmetric 7:5 leaper dual to the Flamingo, extrapolated from Camel.
FAMILIAR, FAMILY cubic/hex Wing+Millstone, Rook+Mill, as realm of wife of Victorian mill owner, and resembling female as much as Mill resembles male.
FANATIC hex-prism symmetric 2:root 31 leaper, from having same SOLL as Oddfellow.
FANDYMAN Fandymen square Float+Fump, extrapolated from Handyman.
FANG xyrixa/hex-prism dual to the cubic Fate, FO 2:root 27 leaper, in conjunction with Endower, Avower, Newlywed, Vampire §, Ring, Rite, and Fate.
FANOE cubic Flamingo+Nurturer+Hamster, extrapolated from Canoe.
FANTAIL square 45° Ferz-Dabbaba 3-stepper, extrapolating from Dabbaba (whose FO version is Dabchick, a bird) plus Elephant equals Alibaba (represented as ship in Ken Franklin's Leap Chess) to Falcon (as an established bird name) plus Fantail (a "syllable swapping" on Elephant) equals Faltboat.
FARBINE square symmetric 12:2 mover requiring an occupied halfway cell for capturing moves (in the Chinese style) or all moves (in the Korean style), extrapolated from Carbine.
FARDINAL square Bishop+Flamingo, extrapolated from Cardinal.
FARMHAND cubic/hex Farrier capturing as Simurgh ¢.
FARRIER cubic/hex Unicorn with first step replaced by a Wazir one, as one using fire on iron to shoe horses.
FARRIERESS cubic/hex Rook+Farrier, extrapolated from Ancress.
FASCIST hex-prism Fate+Fashion ¢.
FASHION cubic FO 8:5:2 leaper, hex FO root-93 leaper, as a phenomenon that a Vacillator § might follow.
FASTNESS, FATALIST cubic/xyrixa Feaster+Slimmer, Hctolb+Girth, first ¢, second as a pun on fat.
FATE cubic FO 7:3:2 leaper, hex-prism FO 5:root 37 leaper, in conjunction with Endower, Avower §, Newlywed, Vampire, Ring, Fang, and Rite.
FAUSTUS hex-prism Dilemma+Imp, as one making deal with the Devil, in conjunction with other mythical sinners' names for similar Dilemma compounds.
FAWN hex-prism Elk+Heir, as a young, and so notional heir to an adult, deer.
FEARFUL square Ferz+Elephant, extrapolated from Waffle.
FEARLESS square Cross+Tusk, extrapolated from Walrus.
FEASTER cubic symmetric 5:5:1 leaper, xyrixa dual of symmetric 10:1:1 leaper, from being a Hypotenuse piece of Fencer and Effarig.
FEAT cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Midwife+Somel, from the feat of giving birth.
FEBIN cubic xyrixa Felf+Fenard, extrapolated from Cabin.
FEDCHICK, FEEDER hex-prism Cross+Drumstick, Ferz+Drummer, first as FO version of second, which is extrapolated from Wader.
FEETUP hex-prism Senhelm+Forthelm, from the rest takemn on the Jewish Shabbat §.
FEFEZBABA hex-prism Eudabbaba+Ferz, adding first letters of Fezzock.
FELF Felves cubic xyrixa/hex-prism piece moving twice as far as the Foil in the same directions, extrapolated from Calf.
FELON, FELONCUB cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Raccoon+Ferz, Raccooncub+Cross ¢.
FENAD cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Fencer+Bump, short for Fencered Codryad.
FENARD cubic xyrixa piece moving twice as far as the Hctolb in the same directions, extrapolated from Canard.
FENCER cubic symmetric 3:2:2 leaper, xyrixa/hex-prism dual of cubic Effarig, symmetric 2:root 13 leaper, as a fighter sharing the first consonant and vowel as the Effarig that is the dual.
FENDER, FENDERCUB square Panda+Ferz, Pandacub+Cross ¢.
FENGAROO, FENSHAL cubic Fencer+Elephant, Rook+Fencer, extrapolated from Kangaroo, Marshal.
FENUP cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Fencer+Blotch, short for Fencered Liftup.
FEPSTAN, FERAVEL cubic Fertridge+Ferving, Ferbine+Fetana, extrapolated from Capstan, Caravel.
FERBINE cubic xyrixa/hex-prism differs from Fherolais in requiring an occupied halfway cell for capturing moves (in the Chinese style) or all moves (in the Korean style), extrapolated from Carbine.
FERDINAL cubic Bishop+Fencer, extrapolated from Cardinal.
FERETAKER cubic/xyrixa Foil capturing as Hctolb, extrapolated from Caretaker.
FERMAT cubic/xyrixa Feaster+Skimmer ¢.
FERPENTER cubic Fencer+Dabbaba, extrapolated from Carpenter.
FERRET hex-prism Dicorn with first and last steps replaced by Ferz ones, in conjunction with the Weasel and Stoat with a refernce to the Ferz step.
FERROUS cubic/xyrixa Fencer+Feaster ¢.
FERRY square the metapiece carrying other pieces across the River in Ferry Xiang Qi.
FERTRIDGE cubic xyrixa/hex-prism differs from Felf in requiring an occupied halfway cell for capturing moves (in the Chinese style) or all moves (in the Korean style), extrapolated from Cartridge.
FERVING cubic differs from Fenard in requiring an occupied halfway cell for capturing moves (in the Chinese style) or all moves (in the Korean style), extrapolated from Carving.
FERZ square symmetric 1:1 stepper.
FESTIVE cubic/xyrixa Effarig+Feaster ¢.
FETAMARAN, FETANA cubic xyrixa Fherolais+Frene, piece that differs from Frene in requiring an occupied halfway cell for capturing moves (in the Chinese style) or all moves (in the Korean style), extrapolated from Catamaran, Catana.
FETCHER square Ferz+Tripper, from Ferz and -switcher.
FEU cubic xyrixa Fencer+Effarig ¢.
FEVALCADE cubic Fencer+Unicorn, extrapolated from Carpenter.
FEVERER square Mirror Rhino restricted to starting and ending with a Ferz step, in conjunction with Waverer.
FEXORCIST cubic Exorcranker+Feastfiler, extrapolated from Brook.
FEZBABA square Ferz+Dabbaba, extrapolated from Waffle.
FEZCHICK square Cross+Dabchick, extrapolated from Walrus.
FEZZOCK cubic Ferz+Eunuch, extrapolated from Waffle.
FHELLENGER cubic/xyrixa Fencer capturing as Effarig, extrapolated from Challenger.
FHEROLAIS cubic xyrixa/hex-prism piece moving twice as far as the Fencer in the same directions, extrapolated from Charolais.
FIANCÉ all piece making short-range moves in direction of any piece protecting it, extrapolated from Friend.
FIANCÉE all piece making long-range moves in direction of any piece protecting it, extrapolated from Friend.
FICHU cubic xyrixa/hex-prism Fieldmouse+Flittermouse ¢.
FICTITIOUS xyrixa/hex-prism Fieldmouse+Woodmouse ¢.
FIELDJOYSTICK cubic 55° Dabbaba-Zombie alternator, EMD Fieldmousewise.
FIELDMOUSE cubic symmetric 5:3:3 leaper, xyrixa/hex-prism dual of cubic Flittermouse, symmetric 4:root 27 leaper, in conjunction with other rodent names. tr>FIEND hex-prism Duke+Imp, as a high-ranking demon. FIGHTER hex a rotatable Glinski Wing, from Stations.
FIGUREHEAD square Labour+Pump, as something sticking out like a Buttress §.
FILCHER cubic symmetric 8:8:1 leaper, from being a Hypotenuse piece of Fieldmouse and Flittermouse.
FILE-REFLECTING, FILE-WRAPAROUND pieces square left-reflecting+right-reflecting, able on reaching an end file to continue onto the file at the other end as if it were the next file in the same direction.
FILESTACK Brook-style piece cubic default piece plus Vertical piece.
FILESTACK-REFLECTING, FILESTACK-WRAPAROUND pieces cubic left-reflecting+right-reflecting, able on reaching an end filestack to continue onto the filestack at the other end as if it were the next filestack in the same direction.
FILM cubic FO 7:7:2 leaper, xyrixa dual to cubic Lank, as something that may be skimmed off by a Skimmer §.
FIMBRIATED Bent piece all one which, as well as the one-step short stage of the move of the unprefixed piece, also has the move with the corresponding two-stage short step.
FINANCIER hex-prism Landlord+Clerk, from meanings of component names.
FINCH hex Curved Rook on 6-stage circuit, from Anglojewish Chess.
FINCHRIDER hex Rook+Finch.
FIRE- hex-prism adds Heir move to symmetric HD pieces, adds Rumbaba move to Heirwise pieces, and makes HD component of Sycophantwise pieces symmetric, in conjunction with names of other environments and natural phenomena.
FIREGENERAL hex-prism Rumbaba+Heir.
FIREPLACE cubic/hex-prism Film+Excuse ¢.
FIRERIDER hex-prism Dicorn+Missionary.
FIRSTLADY hex-prism Rook+Bishop+Dicorn, as wife of President or Premier which are the one-step pieces.
FISHERMAN Fishermen cubic xyrixa Foil+Hctolb ¢.
FIVELEAPER square Antelope+Quibbler, xyrixa/hex-prism Antelope+Pentagram+Quibbler, as the compound of all pieces with leap length 5.
FIVEORBITER square a Macel with Ferz steps inserted into its 55° turns to break each into two 27½° turns, as the piece whose path connects all cells a Fiveleaper leap from a given cell.
FIXATIVE cubic/xyrixa Pipistrelle+Pilferer.
FLABBERGHAST cubic/hex-prism Fate+Fashion ¢.
FLAIL cubic 2:2:0 Curved linepiece on 6-stage circuit, real word reversing first 3 letters of Alfil which is leaping form of Elephant whose Curved rider it is.
FLAMBEAU square Flamingo+Famel ¢.
FLAMEN hex-prism Governor+Drummer, in conjunction with other religious titles for Bishop compounds.
FLAMINGO square symmetric 6:1 leaper.
FLANK- square, hex restricts radial moves to odd numbers of steps, and oblique ones to the forward direction but indefinitely repeated in the same direction, in conjunction with -flanker.
FLAPPER square Rook+Tripper, as a female rôle ending in the same letters as Tripper.
FLASHAL square Rook+Flamingo, extrapolated from Marshal.
FLASK square Wing+Trisk, as might be discreetly carried by a Flapper § during Prohibition.
FLAT- hex-prism reduction of Flatchick to add suffixes to.
FLATCHICK hex-prism Rumchick capturing as Saltire, necessarily captures in a flat plane.
FLATCHICKED piece hex-prism piece capturing as piece related as Viceroy/Saltire to Rumbaba/Rumchick, from previous entry.
FLATTENER square 45° Ferz-Quibbler alternator, EMD Flamingowise.
FLEDGLING hex-prism Mitre+Tippler, in conjunctionm with Brood and Clutch for similar Mitre compounds.
FLEET square Queen+Fulmar, as generalisation of Armada sharing intial of Fulmar.
FLITTERMOUSE cubic symmetric 6:5:5 leaper, xyrixa/hex-prism dual of cubic Fieldmouse, 5:root 61 leaper, in conjunction with other bat names.
FLOAT square FO 9:2 leaper, from the abilty of the Albatross § to stay in the sky.
FLORID cubic Fieldmouse+Filcher ¢.
FLYBYNIGHT square symmetric 11:8 leaper, from its SOLL of 185 being the Knight's 5 times the Flamingo's 37.
FLYPAST cubic Pipsqueak+Fraud ¢.
FOAL, FOAOCK hex-prism symmetric 2:root 3 leaper, Foal+Oven, first from having the SOLL of the Sennight and half that of the Fortnight, second short for Foaled Hillock.
FOCUS cubic/xyrixa Elf+Longplayer ¢.
FOECILIAN, FOFILA cubic/hex-prism Fortnight+Zombie, Unicorn+Fortnight, extrapolated from Caecilian, Cafila.
FOIL cubic FO 3:2:2 leaper, xyrixa/hex-prism dual of cubic Hctolb, FO 2:root 3 leaper, as the sword of the Fencer §.
FOLIPH cubic Bishop+Fortnight, extrapolated from Caliph.
FOLLOWING, FOMMING hex-prism Fagin+Drummer, symmetric 4:root 12 leaper, first in conjunction with other collective names for such compounds, second extrapolated from Lemming.
FOMPER cubic Fortnight+Tripper, extrapolated from Camper.
FONARD cubic FO 6:4:2 leaper, extrapolated from Canard.
FONETOAD, FONTOR, FONVASSER cubic Fortnight+Trebuchet, Fortnight+Eunuch, Rook+Fortnight, extrapolated from Canetoad, Cantor, Canvasser.
FOOTMAN Footmen hex-prism Wazir capturing as Rumbaba, extrapolated from Steward.
FOOTPAD cubic/hex-prism Fray+Tray ¢.
FOOTWOMAN Footwomen hex-prism Rook capturing as Dicorn, extrapolated from Stewardess.
FORCRAB hex-prism Forthelm+Forthreservist+Forthshelterer, extrapolated from Sencrab.
FORE- hex restricted to, and/or to the oblique directions closest to, the straight forward radial and the two half-backward ones.
FORECAST hex-prism Forthelm+Hyphen ¢.
FOREST- 3d/hex adds Cross move to Dukewise pieces, adds Duke moves to FO SD pieces, and makes orthogonal and ND components of Conquerorwise pieces symmetric, something grown by the Sun to the landward side of the coast.
FORESTGENERAL 3d/hex Duke+Cross.
FORESTRIDER, FORESTRULER 3d/hex Duchess+Mitre, Grandduke+Cross.
FORIBOU cubic Fortnight+Elephant, extrapolated from Caribou.
FORROSE cubic Curved 3:2:1 rider on 12-leap circuit, extrapolated from Senrose.
FORTHELM cubic FO 3:2:1 leaper, hex-prism FO 1:root 13 leaper, punning on Fortnight §.
FORTIFIER cubic 90° Ferz-Eunuch alternator, EMD Fortnightwise.
FORTNIGHT cubic symmetric 3:2:1 leaper, hex-prism symmetric 1:root 13 leaper, as a period of 14 days, punning on its SOLL of 14 and Knight.
FORTRAN hex-prism Trainer+Forthelm ¢.
FORTRESS square a block of cells that certain pieces - the general and both Ferzes in the case of Xiang Qi - cannot leave.
FORTRHINO cubic 60° Ferz-Elephant alternator, EMD Fortnightwise.
FOSBAH cubic Dabbaba+Fortnight, extrapolated from Casbah.
FOSTERER hex-prism symmetric 5:root 21 leaper, from having SOLL 4 times Fortnight's and not much over that of Midwife/Drynurse/Wetnurse.
FOUNDATION cubic 90° Wazir-Wazir planar piece, as institution such as college or hospital, and as base of building.
FOUNDER hex-prism General+Viceroy+Rumbaba, short for founding president of new republic.
FOURLEAPER hex-prism Sabbaba+Drummer+Cobbler, as the compound of all pieces with leap length 4.
FOWLER, FOWLFOLLOW-ER/-RESS/-SMAN/-SWOMAN, FOWL-RESS/-SMAN/-SWOMAN square Arrowhead+Cannocoward, and its further compounds with the same-rank moves respectively of the Sling/Cannonade/Arbalest/Arsenal/Cannon/Arrow/Tank, extrapolated from Hunter and Hawker from shooter of birds.
FOX square Bishop with first and last steps replaced by Wazir ones.
FOXCUB, FOXGENERAL square Mitre with first and last steps replaced by Point ones, Fox+Wolfcub, from previous entry.
FOYLINE hex-prism FO 4:root 12 leaper, extrapolated from Leyline.
FRAIRREL square Ninja+Elk, from the start of frame and end of squirrel.
FRAMEUP cubic/hex-prism Fray+Tump ¢.
FRANCHISER hex-prism Eunucrider+Dadaist, as an artist farming out work to others.
FRANCISCAN cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Missionary+Dabchick, after Saint Francis' sermon to the birds.
FRATRI- square combines the prefixes Man- and Corner-, from subling rivalry and boxing corners.
FRAUD cubic FO 8:8:1 leaper, from dishonesty of Filcher §.
FRAY cubic FO 6:6:1 leaper, xyrixa, hex-prism dual of FO 12:1:1 leaper, FO 5:root 48 leaper, rhyming with the Tray with the same SOLL, and what rodents such as the Hamster § do.
FREAKY, FREELOADER, FREEMAN cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Cross+Key, Antlerider+Dabchick, Piker+Key, first from Fezzock §, second as bird hitching lift on antlers, third as one having key to city.
FRENE cubic xyrixa piece moving twice as far as the Effarig in the same directions, extrapolated from Crane.
FRIAR cubic FO 5:2:1 leaper, hex-prism FO 3:root 21 leaper, as similar rôle to Monk §.
FRIDGE square FO 12:2 mover requiring an occupied halfway cell for capturing moves (in the Chinese style) or all moves (in the Korean style), contraction of the extrapolation from Cartridge to avoid bad language. ,/tr>
FRIEND all piece moving exactly like any piece protecting it.
FRIGID cubic Flamingo+Octodont ¢.
FROCK square Cross+Trechick, replacing ending of Frog § with K of Trechick, in conjunction with Toke for Toad and Nuke for Newt. ,/tr>
FROG square Ferz+Trebuchet, from problematist usage, in conjunction with Toad and Newt.
FRONE cubic symmetric 6:4:2 leaper, extrapolated from Crane.
FRONT-REFLECTING piece square one which on reaching the enemy first rank can reflect off it as the backward move with the same (if any) sideways/up/down component.
FROR hex-prism Forthelm+Forthrevisionist, extrapolated from Crab.
FROUFROU hex-prism Foal+Fortnight ¢.
FRUITBAT cubic symmetric 7:6:2 leaper, in conjunction with other bat names.
FUBFALO square Rose+Macel+Bezra, reversing first 3 letters, or 2 consonants, of Buffalo whose Curved rider it is.
FUDDY-DUDDY square Alibaba restricted to directions indicated on each cell, from Storm the Ivory Tower.
FULMAR square Zephyr+Lama, as a bird of prey starting with the same letter as Falcon, in allusion to its first available destinations.
FUMP square FO 11:7 leaper with the 7 specifically orthogonal dual to the Float, extrapolated from Hump.
FURTHERLUMP hex-prism symmetric 1:root 31 leaper, in conjunction with Minorlump for coprime pieces with twice the Heffalump's leap length.
FURY cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Duchess+Hippogryph, in conjunction with fellow monsters Gorgon, Gryphon, Harpy, Hydra, Lamia, Manticore, Simurgh, and Sphinx.
FUSSPOT square Fuddy-duddy plus Dunce ¢.
FWAZBABA, FWAZIR, FWAZZOCK cubic Fwazir+Edabbaba, Wazirranker+Ferzfiler, Fwazir+Eunuch, extrapolated from Brook, F stands for Fearful in first and Fezzock in last.
FYLFOT cubic Fieldmouse+Pilferer ¢.
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