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Who is Dan Satana?

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Hadsil
04.14.2021 , 03:04 AM | #1
On the Narshadda load screen and above the bartender in Republic Fleet Cantina are Hebrew letters. It reads to me as Dan Satana. Could be Don Shatana or variations there of depending how you read it. I'm guessing it's an injoke or artistic signature, so who is he?

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FlameYOL
04.14.2021 , 01:49 PM | #2
They're not Hebrew Letters, they're either
A) Aurebesh which is a font used for Star Wars Galactic Basic language. Which is just english, no seriously you replace the aurebesh letters with english ones and it forms cohesive sentences in english. Or name, like the case you're mentioning.
B) Huttese, which is the in-universe language of the hutts. I think we might have a full alphabet of it somewhere but I'm not sure if we have full translations for it, could be the word you mentioned just means "cantina" in huttese but don't quote on me that.
Those two aren't the only fonts in the game of course, there are a few others I think some places even have the Mandalorian language but I'm not entirely sure. At any rate, the most popular one seems to be aurebesh.
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Hadsil
04.14.2021 , 03:11 PM | #3
It looks Hebrew to me. It's Shin Tav Nun Ayin on the bottom. Above it upside down is Daled Hey Hey Nun. They could very well be using any Hebrew letters to represent a non-basic/English language, but it spells out Satana on the bottom and Dan on top or rather Dahhan. Could be Yiddish, which is a Germanic language using the Hebrew alphabet. Ayin is a more common letter in Yiddish than Hebrew and could explain the double Hey.

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Stradlin
04.14.2021 , 03:48 PM | #4
That's..mildly interesting OP! Screenshots and side-by-side stuff would help getting your point across.

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denavin
04.14.2021 , 04:15 PM | #5
The alphabet behind the bartender on Fleet is "Sith Prophecy" and translates to

"Good Eats"

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EDIT:
Just went to Nar Shadaa and the sigh on the load screen is the same message in the "Sith Prophecy" alphabet.

"Good Eats"
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Z0-OM: "According to my sensors.... NO
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Tofu_Shark
04.14.2021 , 07:19 PM | #6
Correct, the writing is Common Sith, and it's based on Hebrew, which is why you're able to read it as such, OP. Many of the characters are slightly altered or inverted.
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phalczen
04.14.2021 , 09:25 PM | #7
I mean, its possible both are true ... the inspiration for some alien fonts may be real world languages.

OP, you might want to go check out This Week in Aurabesh, a really interesting blog by a long time player. In October the blogger interviewed Charles Boyd and Charles basically confirmed that they try to stick to Star Wars lore as much as possible, so if there is a known font for a specific galactic language they will use that. Give it a read. But, perhaps someday we will find out there was another Easter Egg about this Dan Satana.
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Tofu_Shark
04.15.2021 , 05:51 AM | #8
My claim is true. The Sith Prophecy font is based off of the writing on Darth Vader's control panel in ESB and RotJ. Should've linked these in my last post.
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Hadsil
04.15.2021 , 10:59 AM | #9
Interesting. I had not known this.

"Good eats" certainly makes more sense in the context of where it appears.