Also known as the Šummi.
Generally originate from the mountainous and cliffy, temperate and coastal areas in the southeast of Shum, but plenty live in plains areas and the mountain valleys, as well as some of the small islands off the coast.
Human. The average Shummi person is around 5’7", and Shummi people tend to be of moderate build, with skin ranging from fair to tawny, brown or black hair, and a range of eye colors, the most common of which is dark brown.
Skirts and shawls regardless of gender. Fringed skirts, decorative pieces of fabric shaped like petals, sleeved dresses, v-necks and straight skirts. Not uncommon to see ribbons, poofy shorts, full-body traveling clothes.
Brightly colored: blue, green, red, gold, cream.
Intricate braids, loose curls, full beards.
Similar to Babylonian religion but probably with two or three main deities instead of a larger pantheon—sun deity, moon deity, their child (being the smaller sun). Common: ziggurat temples
Traditional Music and Performance
Think of the music of Mesopotamia—Harps and lyres, lutes or ouds, reed pipes, and drums.
The Shummi language probably functions like a language with roots in the sprachbund of Akkadian and Sumerian, using an Arabic/Persian alphabet but cuneiform might be found in religious documents. Slightly simplified Akkadian, really. With influence from nearby Persian and Italian. Uses the definite article suffix -’a. If you are looking up words and you see a word with a plus sign on the end, ignore it. Probably use a qaf or a hamsa for ‘.
Given name + (‘)a +Parent—
Examples: Hassimir Yanzu, Zur’a Belili. The ’a is optional.
Here are some Babylonian names but Akkadian or Sumerian are good too. Even Persian, Tundra, or Italian can work:
- Masculine: Ahimelek, Balasi, Dakuri, Gudea, Hassimir, Muranu, Yanzu.
- Feminine: Anatu, Belili, Beltis, Damkina, Kalumtum, Istar, Kissare, Ni, Omarosa, Tauthe, Zirat
- Surnames: Regardless of gender, parent’s name.
Include pillars, blue tiles, plaster, frescoes and abundant plant life. Hanging gardens have been popular throughout the country’s history. Traditional architecture bears much resemblance to that of Babylon and Classical Greece and Rome: concrete, plaster, stucco, mosaics, and tiles. Most buildings are colorful and well-lit, and both public and private baths often include mosaics. Modern architecture includes some similar to 50’s euro-mod styles.
Daily bathing is common, esp in the current times. More people have their own baths now but lots of people like to go to spas and public bath houses even still. There are the hot springs in the mountains too, which are very popular. Hair oils are popular. Very fancy soap is a Shummi export, and quite popular.