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Index U 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 Â¢. FO pieces' symmetric counterparts are marked Â§.
New in 2016 under this letter: Urotheca
New in 2015 under this letter: Uxori-, Voretaker
The acknowledgments, overview, and glossary to the series can be found here.
UANDYMAN Uandymen square Umbrella+Uump, extrapolated from Handyman.
UAYMAKER hex-prism Hamster+Raker, extrapolated from Haymaker.
UBI-UBI square Ubiquitous Nightrider.
UBIQUITOUS piece all one which can make any turn at any stage in its move.
UDWARF, UELF cubic Viceroy-Edabbaba Alternator, Elfranker+Underfiler, extrapolated from Brook.
UETCER pieces hex those that can also make noncapturing Curved moves in remaining Dukewise directions, reversing the first three letters of Teucer.
UILLOCK hex-prism Fray+Tine, extrapolated from Hillock.
ULTIMATUM cubic symmetric 8:4:1 leaper, from having the same ewnding as same-SOLL Opossum.
ULTRA- hex adds to a FO piece its Quarterer.
ULURU cubic Ultimatum+Lumel Â¢.
UMBRELLA square FO 5:4 leaper, from Rector Â§ via Lewis Carroll's magazine The Rectory Umbrella.
UNCAST cubic Uump+Twine Â¢.
UNCUBBED long-range piece, all piece capturing as piece related as Rook to Panda, from Pandacub, Bearcub, and Raccooncub.
UNDER- square/hex restricts radial moves to single step and forward direction, in conjunction with Co-, Meta-, Mini-, Para-, Ride-, Sub-, and Vice-.
UNDERSTUDY hex-prism Docket+Eunuch, as a subordinate musician.
|UNDERLINE cubic 35Â° Crooked Viceroy-Elephant alternator, EMD Underscorewise.|
|UNDERSCORE cubic symmetric 3:3:1 leaper, xyrixa/hex-prism dual to cubic Nurturer, symmetric 4:root 3 leaper, from having SOLl 19, one under a score.|
UNEAVER cubic Fencer+Fortnight+Lecturer+Elf+Underscore+Zombie, as Treaver minus Beaver.
UNG square Rose+Macel, reversing three-letter Gnu whose Curved rider it is.
UNHORNER cubic Double Tapir restricted to moving an odd number of steps, undermines a Unicorn as the Unhorser, a similarly restricted Double Rhino, does a Knight.
UNHORSER square Double Rhino restricted to moving an odd number of steps, undermines a Knight, from its lack of Knightwise moves.
UNIBALL cubic Horn+Cannonball, using -ball prefix with start of Unitarian Â§.
UNIDAD cubic/xyrixa Umbrella+Allerbmu Â¢.
|UNICORN cubic/hex piece moving any distance through empty intermediate cells along all nonstandard diagonals, from Raumschach.|
UNIDIRECTIONAL, UNIHEAD cubic Unicorn+Arrow, Horn+Arrowhead, first from direction that arrow points in, second using -head prefix with strat of first.
UNIONIST cubic Umbrella+Twine Â¢.
UNISON cubic Fencer+Fortnight+Lecturer+Elf+Underscore, as Trison minus Bison.
UNITARIAN cubic Unicorn+Cannon, religious term from fringe of Christianity, punning on Canon.
UNIVERSITY cubic Foundation+Theorist+Technician, from Gavin Smith's Prince.
UNMASKER cubic Double Thug restricted to moving an odd number of steps, undermines a Ninja as the Unhorser, a similarly restricted Double Rhino, does a Knight.
UNROOK hex-prism Rookranker+Unicofiler if hex-ranked, Rookleveller+Unicocolumner if hex-level, uses two letters of Unicorn so that Eudabbaba is distinguished from Edabbaba.
UNSPARROW hex-prism Unrook+Arrow, adds first two letters of Unidirectional.
UNUDER cubic xyrixa/hex-prism Queen+Underscore, extrapolated from Eluder.
UNUFFALO cubic Ninja+Fencer+Sexton+Fortnight+Lecturer+Elf+Underscore, as Truffalo minus Buffalo..
UP-PITCHING piece cubic one turning 90Â° so that forward moves become upward, upward backward, backward downward, and upward forward.
UPANDUP cubic/xyrixa Umbrella+Torturer Â¢.
UPBEAT cubic Opossum+Ultimatum Â¢.
UPSETTER cubic symmetric 6:6:5 leaper, xyrixa dual of symmetric 12:5:5 leaper, in conjnuction with Outsetter for the 9:4 one with the same SOLL.
UROTHECA pentagonal-prism Crooked Unicorn rising above and falling below move of same-level Boa, as snake sharing Unicorn's initial.
USUDER xyrixa/hex-prism Queen+Student, extrapolated from Eluder.
USUTAINER cubic 5:3:2 Curved linepiece on 6-stage circuit, turning start of Sustainer, whose Curved rider it is, "inside out".
|USURPER cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Unicorn+Prince, one attacking the monarchy as reverse of enhanced Queen, in conjunction with Besieger and Heretic.|
UTME hex-prism Queen+Tutor, extrapolated from Acme.
UUMP square FO 9:1 leaper dual to the Umbrella, extrapolated from Hump.
UUNITARIAN cubic Acannon+Unicorn, adding initial of Unidirectional.
UXORI- all combines the prefixes Woman- and Angle-, in conjunction with Mariti- to combine Man- and Angle- by analogy to Matri-/Patri- and Sorori-/Fratri-.
VACALCADE xyrixa/hex-prism Rabbi+Macel, reversing first 3 letters, or 2 consonants, of Cavalcade whose Curved rider it is.
VACILLATOR cubic symmetric 8:5:2 leaper, hex symmetric root-93 pure-hex leaper, from SOLL being three times Vampire's.
VACUOUS cubic/hex-prism Avower+Vacillator Â¢.
VAGABOND, VAGABONDESS, VAGRANT piece square Hindwazir capturing as Forewazir, Hindrook capturing as Forerook, first two filling in gap with Minion[-ess], Migrant, and last - which is from same ending as Migrant.
VAGUENESS cubic/hex-prism Endower+Avower Â¢.
VALET cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Bishop capturing as Unicorn, as long-range version of Butler.
VALKYRIE cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Rook+Elk, as a woman in Northern legend.
VAMMING cubic xyrixa/hex-prism piece moving twice as far as the Vampire in the same directions, extrapolated from Lemming.
VAMPIRE xyrixa/hex-prism dual to the cubic Avower, symmetric 2-root 27 leaper, as one about to set off on their honeymoon, a period which was originally a month, for its SOLL of 31.
VANDAL hex-prism Dicorn+Eunuch, in conjunction with Goth, Ostrogoth, Varangian, Viking, and Visigoth.
VANDYMAN Vandymen square Vine+Vump, extrapolated from Handyman.
VANUATU hex-prism Vampire+Avower Â¢.
|VANGUARD square Dabchick capturing as Tusk, from advancing twice as far as the Pawn.|
VARANGIAN hex-prism Dicorn+Dybbuk, in conjunction with Goth, Ostrogoth, Vandal, Viking, and Visigoth.
VARBINGER, VARRIDAN cubic Unicorn+Sanoe, Queen+Sanoe, extrapolated from Harbinger, Harridan.
VAULTER, VAULTFOLLOW-ER/-RESS/-SMAN/-SWOMAN, VAULT-RESS/-SMAN/-SWOMAN cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Slingshot+Cannocoward and its further compounds with the same-rank moves respectively of the Sling/Cannonade/Arbalest/Arsenal/Cannon/Arrow/Tank, from the vaulting as hopping over obstacles.
VAYLINE cubic xyrixa/hex-prism piece moving twice as far as the Fang in the same directions, extrapolated from Leyline.
VAYMAKER hex-prism Cormorant+Mede, extrapolated from Haymaker.
VEERING oblique piece square hex one restricted to those moves at 90Â° (square) or 60Â° (cubic) intervals starting with the first to the right of straight forward, binding it to one in its SOLL of the board's cells, for example a Veering Knight to 1 in 5 squares, from a term in weather forecasting.
VENETIAN hex-prism Vine+Verse Â¢.
VENUS square piece making Wazir step preceded by optional Dabchick leap, in conjunction with other astronomical names.
VERTICAL Brooklike piece cubic one rotated to be the orthogonal -leveller plus the SD -columner.
|VERGER square symmetric 9:8 leaper, in conjunction with other church titles below Bishop for n+1:n leapers.|
VESTMENT square Mitre+Trechick, in reference to Cross+Trechick being Frock.
VHOLLENGER cubic/xyrixa Overscore capturing as Votary, extrapolated from Challenger.
VHOPERONE cubic xyrixa/hex-prism Overscore+Tripper, extrapolated from Chaperone.
VHOROLAIS cubic hex piece moving twice as far as the Overscore in the same directions, extrapolated from Charolais.
VIBBER, VIBBERCUB cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Bear+Viceroy, Bearcub+Saltire Â¢.
|VICBABA cubic/hex Viceroy+Dabbaba Â¢.|
VICE- square/hex restricts oblique moves to forward direction, from the next.
VICEMARSHAL square Rook+Helm, from a title not far below Marshal in air forces.
VICKY square Saltire+Key, from Vinnock Â§.
|VICEREINE 3d Rook+Viceroy, as feminine of Viceroy for its Rook compound.|
|VICEROY 3d piece moving one step through empty intermediate cells along all nonstandard diagonals, as what to add to King to get Emperor and as a word sharing middle letters of Unicorn which is its rider.|
VICTOR cubic/hex Viceroy+Zombie, from Viceroy and -switcher.
VICUNA hex-prism 60Â° Viceroy-Rumbaba alternator, EMD Camelwise.
VIDCHICK hex-prism Saltire+Drumstick, from Vider Â§.
VIDEOPLAYER xyrixa dual to the cubic Viremaster, from sharing SOLL of Long- and Wide-player.
VIDER hex-prism Saltire+Drumstick, extrapolated from Wader.
VIEW xyrixa dual to the cubic Throughput, as what to do with a Videoplayer Â§.
VIEWINGSPOT, VIGOROUS cubic Loremaster+Viremaster, Wiremaster+Viremaster Â¢.
VIGIL, VIGILANTE square Mitre+Musketball, Bishop+Musket, first as a what is kept by the second, which is a person in the age of firearms carrying community spirit too far.
VIKING hex-prism Dicorn+Elk, in conjunction with Goth, Ostrogoth, Vandal, Varangian, and Visigoth.
VILLANELLE cubic Elf+Viremaster Â¢.
VILLOCK hex-prism Chough+Dactyl, extrapolated from Hillock.
VINDICTIVE cubic Wideplayer+Viremaster Â¢.
VINE square FO 5:2 leaper, as source of the wine drunk by a Satyr Â§.
VINTNER, VINTNERCUB cubic/hex Panda+Viceroy, Pandacub+Saltire Â¢.
|VINNOCK square Viceroy+Eunuch Â¢.|
VIPER pentagonal-prism Rattlesnake+Viceroy, as snake sharing Vicereine's initial.
VIREMASTER cubic symmetric 7:4:1 leaper, from sgaring SOLL of Loremaster and Wiremaster.
|VIRAGO 3d Wing+Saltire, as strong-willed woman with same initial as Vicereine Â§.|
VIRGINID cubic Longplayer+Viremaster Â¢.
VIRTUOSO hex-prism Docket+Alibaba, as a master player of their instrument.
VISCOUNT, VISCOUNTESS cubic Point+Rumchick, Wing+Viscount, as next lordly title below Count which is Point+Saltire, as Marquis Â§ is below Duke, and its feminine for its Wing compound.
VISHNU cubic Lounger+Whinger, from lack of Videoplayer+Viremaster.
VISIGOTH hex-prism Dicorn+Elephant, in conjunction with Goth, Ostrogoth, Vandal, Varangian, and Viking.
VISION cubic Lecturer+Viremaster Â¢.
VISIT pentagonal-prism Waggle+Saltire, as use of moving sharing Virago's initial.
VISOR square Helm+Stripe, as movable stripe on front of helmet.
VITCHICK cubic/hex Saltire+Dabchick, from Vicbaba Â§.
VITUPERATOR cubic Horn+Viscount, as disciplarian sharing start of Viscount.
VIWAZBABA hex-prism Viwazir+Eudabbaba, adding first two letters of Vinnock.
VIWAZBABA, VIWAZIR hex-prism Wazirranker+Vicerfiler if hex-ranked, Wazirleveller+Vicercolumner if hex-level, extrapolated from Unrook.
VIXEN square Rook+Fox, as feminine of Fox.
VMODERATOR xyrixa Rbishop+Viceroy, adding initial of Vicereine.
VOCALIST hex-prism symmetric 3:root 75 leaper, from having twice the Overscore's leap length.
VOHERCRAFT square Rose+Atnelope, reversing first 3 letters, or 2 consonants, of Hovercraft whose Curved rider it is.
VOICE hex-prism FO 3:root 75 leaper, as attribute of the Vocalist Â§.
VOLE xyrixa dual of symmetric 10:5:1 leaper, in conjunction with other rodent names.
VOLF cubic hex piece moving twice as far as the Accent in the same directions, extrapolated from Calf.
VOLLEY, VOLUNTEER cubic/xyrixa/hex-prism Mitre+Brawler, Bishop+Musketeer, from Vigilante and Musketeer.
VONGAROO cubic xyrixa/hex-prism Overscore+Elephant, extrapolated from Kangaroo.
VONNIBAL, VOPARISONNER cubic hex Overscore+Zombie, Overscore+Eunuch, extrapolated from Cannibal, Caparisonner.
VORDINAL cubic xyrixa/hex-prism Bishop+Overscore, extrapolated from Cardinal.
VORETAKER cubic/xyrixa Accent capturing as Acceptance, extrapolated from Caretaker.
VORPENTER, VOTAPULT cubic hex Overscore+Dabbaba, Overscore+Trebuchet, extrapolated from Carpenter, Catapult.
VOTARY cubic symmetric 5:4:1 leaper, xyrixa dual to cubic Overscore, in conjunction with other imparters of care, wisdom, or religion for even-SOLL cubic leapers.
VOTEL cubic Rook+Sanoe, extrapolated from Hotel.
VOTROSE cubic 5:4:1 Curved linepiece on 12-stage circuit, extrapolated from Senrose.
VOUDOU cubic Overscore+Votary Â¢.
VOVALCADE cubic hex Unicorn+Overscore, extrapolated from Cavalcade.
VULCAN cubic/hex piece making Viceroy step preceded by optional Key leap, as supposed planet now proved not to exist.
VULTURE cubic 55Â° Wazir-Viceroy 3-stepper, as bird associated with corpses.
VUMP square FO 7:3 leaper dual to the Vine, extrapolated from Hump.
VURTLER cubic Bishop+Sanoe, extrapolated from Hurtler.
VWILFUL xyrixa Delephant+Viceroy, adding initial of Vicbaba.
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