Shima History

Hello all, and welcome to my shima history! As with the glossary, the present day tensions section of this post will be updated as I go along in the series.

For now, this is current up to the beginning of Beyond the Gate, the first story in Tales of Ejoma.

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~ Excerpts from shima historical tomes ~

In The Beginning –

God stood at the center of creation after completing His masterpieces, men and women in His image. Seeing that there was both light and dark in them and knowing the pain in store for them, He separated His beloved creations. These children, each an aspect of God, were scattered. Divided into two realms, human and shima were separated by a wall of energy that became known as the arute.

The human realm, Thavos, became a world of science and machines. Always striving to invent new things and understand the world around them, humans became strong. They learned to distinguish themselves from one another and divided into smaller groups. They separated themselves by hair, skin, and eye color; where they were born and what language they spoke; and the different names and ways they learned to call and worship God.

But they forgot their shima brothers and sisters. Lost to human history, shimana became nothing but folktales and fantasy passed down through the years.

Ejoma, the shima realm, became a world of magic and energy devoid of machines. Shimana strove to keep balance within themselves and the world around them, knowing their powers could be dangerous when unleashed. Immortal, they filled their countless years with learning. Shimana saw their differences in the kind of power each wielded, but this did not divide their society. The ten shima aspects learned to keep the balance, each holding both light and dark within to varying degrees. They spoke one language and called God by one name, worshipping Him in the same ways.

They never forgot their human brothers and sisters, and curiosity drew them to their human counterparts on occasion throughout the centuries, giving birth to human legends about magical creatures.

Present Day Tensions –

Over time, groups of humans began pursuing the old stories of magical beings. They researched, following clues hidden in legends, until they finally found human descendants of shimana, and eventually actual shimana as well. These organizations grew in the shadows, the rest of human society ignorant to their activities and the existence of shimana.

Instead of recognizing shimana as their counterparts, these humans saw only monsters and they began to hunt them. At first, they wanted to destroy shimana out of fear, knowing they had power no human could possess. But that fear soon turned to greed for some of them. They began to want shima power and immortality for themselves.

The most prominent and dangerous of the shima hunters became known as the Knight Society. They seek out the unusual, looking for any sign of true magic.

Shimana were not immune to a desire for power either. If they fell out of balance, they risked falling victim to hajithra. This sickness worked its way inside shimana who abused their power, or those who got too far into the darker side of magic. It was still possible to be cleansed of the darkness in most cases, but some embraced the darkness instead.

The insatiable hunger of the hajithra led many shimana into committing the crime of hunting humans. Shimana could tear into their minds, enslaving them, and feed from their energy. In some cases, they even fed on human blood. The rush of power was addicting and destructive. Rogue groups of shimana began appearing throughout Ejoma, wanting to overthrow the Junak that made and enforced law. They believed the human realm should be theirs as well. That humans should be bent to their will, and used for more power.

Between the human societies hunting shimana and the rogue shima groups growing bolder over time, many shimana fear war will spread through Ejoma, spilling over into Thavos as well. The Junak has begun hunting these groups down on both sides, but there are whispers that these growing threats are beginning to draw the attention of Iseyba, and the garshik Jiru himself – Kronen.

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4 thoughts on “Shima History

  1. disperser says:

    If I may suggest, you might want to plan for a quick character/places/name list, like a glossary for the individuals and entities in complement to the language glossary. For a couple of terms, I had to remind myself by going back and cross-referencing previous posts.

    For instance, because it’s a new language and because I’m not immersed in the writing right now, there is no immediate recognition for the name Iseyba, and depending on the sentence structure, it can be a place, an idea/concept, or an actual individual.

    I remember some of the books I used to read in the 80s and 90s (and even Tolkien) that until one got into the book, the names become jumbled precisely because if the lack of familiarity. For instance, in that last sentence, in addition to Iseyba, I had to backtrack through the posts to remind myself who/what Kronen is.

    When in the process of reading a book, one quickly learns to differentiate characters, places, and ideas, but until that happens, it can be a bit frustrating.

    For me, when reading Tolkien and trying to remember concepts and ideas and beings, a glossary which included a list of characters was very useful and helped with the enjoyment of the books. .

    If someone is really engrossed in the narrative, they will make the extra effort to “file” names and new words in their long term memory and a quick reference point helps with that.

    Caveat: I’m saying this as someone who does not typically read what you write. There are readers who revel in the very exploration of the world through the learning of the language. Those readers not only memorize characters and places, but they — as in the case of Tolkien’s LotR — also learned the elven language and other languages in the book. Same with Star Trek fans learning Klingon. Just saying that I’m not one of those readers.

    • disperser says:

      It’s probably a bit late now if you are still planning to publish next week, but in eBooks one can link words to their definitions. I don’t know how to do it, but I’ve seen books where overlays pop up to explain stuff.

      There is also a feature in Kindle to help young readers with difficult words. When turned on, the text becomes double spaced and a short definition of difficult words is visible (in small print) right above the word in question. I don’t know if this could be adapted for something like names and places, but the idea is interesting.

      That’s a lot of work to do once s project is finished, but going forward, perhaps you link words to definitions right off the bat.

      • paigeaddams says:

        Oh wow, I didn’t even know they could do that! That’s so cool! 😀 Lol, I may have to consider that in the future, since I have tons of shima words in there.

    • paigeaddams says:

      I had forgotten about that, lol – thank you for the advice! 😀 I had been considering a post like that, but then got sidetracked by the others. I think it’s another case of me missing something because I’ve been staring at it all for so long. XD I’ll definitely get some kind of people and places post up too!

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