Şiḍḍi

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Şiḍḍi [ˈʂiɖ ɖi], modern Šiji, is the name of the largest island south of the Gelihur peninsula, its primary town, and, by extension, the archipelago of surrounding islets. The island's far southerly latitude and inclement climate—comparable to that of Iceland or the Faeroes—has, for the most part, kept it as little more than a footnote in history.

History

The Şiḍḍi archipelago was first inhabited by Mei peoples, as evidenced by its name. The first early Skourene invaders arrived from Gelimṭar, bringing with them flora and fauna adapted to the harsh climate. For a while Iṭili claimed sovereignty, but as the islands offered no strategic advantages or resources, Şiḍḍi drifted into independence simply because no one else could be bothered about it. Over the years Şiḍḍi expanded its reach west to Orkund, the westernmost island in the archipelago and only other town worth mentioning. This and other western isles were grabbed by larger powers (Kolatimand and Guṭleli), eventually ending up as part of the Island League, and then independent. Şiḍḍi, meanwhile, was content to rule over its island and a few rocks east of it for hundreds of years

It was conquered by the Čisran Empire in the 2400s. (By this time it was known as Šiji.) When the Xurnese emperor Kipric conquered Čisra in 2750, destroying the empire, only Šiji and Gelihur remained in the hands of Čisran loyalists. A century later, Šiji was again independent, and has thus remained until the present day.

Other Information

The modern language of Šiji, Šijinti, belongs to the eastern branch of tongues descended from Old Skourene; of course, it has dialectal oddities befitting such an out-of-the-way place.

Perhaps the only notable inhabitant of the archipelago is the maragmu, a species of penguin.

Etymology: from ancient Mei, of uncertain meaning; Tžuro Šijji, Uṭandal Šiji'.

Author: Adso de Fimnu