Ilunga Naa's Profile
CHARACTER: Ilunga Naa
HEIGHT: 6’ 7”
SPECIES: Taithian (Ursan)
PLANET OF ORIGIN: Taith Prime
0WEAPONS: Harkens proton-shot pistol, broadsword, knives
Ilunga Naa (pronounced: ill•LOON•gah nah) is a hotheaded, but well-intentioned, space pirate serving under the command of Madame Ching. This saurian, bear-like creature has a fondness for anything sharp; thus Ilunga carries a sword and a variety of knives at all times. His only true friend on the crew is Dumas Nakino. In his spare time, he enjoys model starship building—although his thick fingers sometimes make this task difficult.
Where does Ilunga Naa’s name come from? A report from BBC news said this: “The world’s most difficult word to translate has been identified as ‘ilunga’ from the Tshiluba language,” spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The word won a poll conducted among a thousand linguists. Ilunga means “a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time.” Another high scorer was naa, a Japanese word used only “in the Kansai area of Japan to emphasize statements or agree with someone.”