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nargle-art whispered : Is there word for controlling one's destiny/fate? Or changing it?

Orenda (Huron language) is the power of human will to change the world around us. It is an opposing force to fate or destiny. 

It is an extraordinary invisible power believed by the Iroquois Indians to pervade in varying degrees all animate and inanimate natural objects as a transmissible spiritual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its possessor. It is said that a shaman has great orenda or a great hunter has overcome the orenda of the animal he pursued.

If powerful forces beyond your control are trying to force you one way, orenda is a kind of voiced summoning of personal strength to change fate.

skiesfullofpies whispered : is there a word for that inexplicable feeling of melancholy that comes after a really happy day/event?

There is a single Mando’a word (primary language spoken by the Mandalorian culture in the Star Wars universe), aay’han, which describes the state of mind when Mandalorians savor a peaceful moment with family and comrades and also grieve for those who’ve died. It is the bittersweet perfect moment of mourning and joy - it is remembering those who are lost or gone, right as you’re celebrating or having the time of your life; it’s about being surrounded by loved ones and enjoying the moment, then suddenly remembering those loved ones that have died.

The nearest basic translation is “bittersweet”, but it hardly comes close to defining what a significant concept it is for Mandalorians. The emotion’s duality is very much in keeping with a people who are a mass of contradictions. [Tsemasi, Star Wars The Old Republic - Daily Life and Death (forum)]