|We tend to use a lot of Japanese terms throughout the clan
site so, to make things easier, we've put up this glossary of Japanese
terms and their meanings. If you are interested in Samurai and such
then this site may be
of interest to you. There other words that are creations of clan
members and they too are included here.
Between: A plane of existance that exists between this world and the
next. A dimension of mists it is also home to places such as Avalon and
the magical island Vashkoda travelled on before losing contact with it.
In the Steelclaw universe it is also the home to demons such as the Oni.
Biomech: A technological lifeform who looks and acts biological in
nature. They usually have a lifespan of 700 years but high energy use
or abuse of the nanophages may drastically reduce that lifespan.
Daimyou: A title that denotes a leader
or second-in-command of Clan SteelClaw. Originally a name given only to
the two founders, this title was later expanded to include any current
leader or second.
Taishou: A title used
in Clan SteelClaw. Taishou
are members of the High Council that deliberate clan matters.
Hatamoto: 'Bannerman' or 'Banner Knight' These are retainers close to
the Daimyou/Shogun and accorded certain priviledges and special status.
Shogun: A title used
in Clan SteelClaw that falls between "Taishou" and "Samurai" within the
the clan's ranks. Members who originally held the title of Shogun were
"promoted" to Taishou at the formation of that rank, to allow a greater
versatility of responsibilities.
Samurai: Title for full-fledged clan members. A name given to
warriors loyal to the Daimyō.
Bushi: Title for new clan members. Bushi are promoted to Samurai
when their membership "trial period" ends.
Dajo Tenno: Honorific title for an abdicated emperor or in the case of
the clan leaders who have now stepped down.
Takoku - shū : Allies. Members of the clan who have either stepped down or
have left the clan. This replaces the 'members in spirit' status we
Yakuin: Officer/Staff/Person in charge. Denotes active, full status.
Person of great renoun, this title honors those whose very spirit
defines the clan. For wandering members who may at some time return.
Fae: Also known as Oberon's Children. They are creatures of
Gargoyle: A creature that is stone during the day and flesha nd blood
during the night. Has the ability to glide on air currents. Ages at
half the rate of a human being.
Newbridge: A fictional city in Pennsylvania. Mostly used as a
battleground between the clan and their enemies. A place that sites
eternally in 'interesting times'.
Oni: An ogre or a human who is bestial and brutal in nature. In
the clan chronicles the Oni is a demon who can suck the life energy
from people in adition to posessing them.
Nyuusuretta: "Newsletter"... say it out loud.
Bijustukan: Clan Artwork
Chinkyaku: Welcome visitor