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Thursday, October 07, 2010

mana

\MAH-nuh\ , noun;
1.
A generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.
2.
An ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan.
Quotes:
"It was awesome -- there was so much mana in the air," Santos said in a recent interview. "We've been to three Merrie Monarchs" -- the most prestigious hula competition, held annually in Hilo -- "and this was the funnest we've ever been to."
-- Jeanne Cooper, "Hot hula hunks to battle for audience honors," SFGate.com, September, 2010.
Actually Puzzle Quest 2 is a much more tactical game, with the battles often not won by looking out for possibilities to harm the enemy character but by simply actively denying any chance they have to get the mana needed to power their special attacks (which are often very damaging).
-- Andrei Dumitrescu, "Puzzle Quest 2: Mana Starve Your Enemy," Softpedia, September, 2010.
Origin:
Mana is adopted into English from a Maori word meaning "power, authority, supernatural power."
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