Glossary

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A

Alien 
A species of creature not of this Earth. Also known as an Extra Terrestrial.

B

Brain 
The name given to the controlling being upon Mars.

C

Cydonia 
The name given to a region of Mars. For the game's purposes, it is the site for the alien's main headquarters.

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E

E-Mail X-Com 
A cut down and very simplified play-by-e-mail combat game with the X-Com theme.
Enemy Unknown 
Name of first X-Com game. Also known as X-COM: UFO Defense
Enforcer 
A combat android created by the eccentric Dr. Able Standard and star of X-Com Enforcer, a shoot-em-up with the X-Com label, with elements salvaged from the now defunct X-Com Alliance.
Electro-Flare 
A portable and persistent light source that activates when it hits the ground after being thrown.

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G

Grenade 
A thrown area-effect weapon consisting of an amount of high explosive substances encased in metal fragments with a timed detonator. The Grenades used by X-Com are all equipped with a timer and a trigger safeguard mechanism that prevents the grenade from detonating after the timer has elapsed and only when it lands on the ground.

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High Explosive 
A substance that can produce a powerful exposion; A bundle of dynamite that is twice as heavy and twice as bulky with three times the firepower of a conventional grenade.
Hovertank 
A HWP variant made from human and alien anti-grav technology.
HWP 
Heavy Weapons Platform, a remote controlled miniature tank that provides a supporting role for ground troops.

I

Interceptor 
A fast aircraft that shoots down other aircraft; A generic name for the first interception craft available to X-Com.

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K

Kiryu Kai 
An elite team set up by the Japanese Government that failed to deal with the alien menace before X-Com was formed. Spirit Dragon Society? Energy Dragon Association?

L

Laser 
A light pump; A weapon technology involving highly concentrated beams of light.
Laser Pistol 
The first laser weapon in the laser family. In effect, a laser sub-machine gun.
Laser Rifle 
A popular and very well balanced rifle based on laser technology.
Leviathan 
An elongated and much improved Hammerhead

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P

Psi 
The greek letter ψ Commonly used to refer to the field of Psionics
Psi-Amp 
Psionic Amplifier, used by humans to amplify and channel their psionic abilities
Psiclone 
An electronic hallucogenic implant with a considerable bounty.
Psionics 
the art of invading and manipulating the psyche of enemy targets through sheer willpower
Phosphor 
Phosphorus - a poisonous and flammable substance that reacts when exposed to air, used in Incendiary munitions and chemical flares.

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S

Skyranger 
The name of a slow VTOL Russian troop transport aircraft that can remain in the air for days on end with a single tank of fuel.
SWS 
Submersible Weapon Systems. Underwater variant of HWP

T

Terror Site 
A city that is being attacked by Alien terrorists.
TU 
Time Unit.
Time unit 
A time unit is a fraction of time taken by any unit to perform any action. Time units are a measure of speed.

U

UFO 
Unidentified Flying Object. Also commonly used as a general reference to X-Com: Enemy Unknown or UFO Defense.
UFO Defense 
The name of the US release used to avoid possible copyright conflicts. Officially changed to Enemy Unknown as of the 1.4 update.
USO 
Unidentifid Submersible Object. An amphibious UFO.

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X

XCOM 
The non-hyphenated version of X-Com, used only in Enemy Unknown but is hyphenated throughout the series
X-Com 
The Extra Terrestrial Combat Unit;

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