Saza Chitter

Saza Chitter (Chitter) is the basis of Sazasharanare. It began as a way for the Hiserabi to adapt to living in the Nege forests of Jhoutai—where their unique abilities of mimicry allowed them to confuse predators and prey.


Sazasharanare traces its origins trace back to the Hiserabi. The history of Chitter is the history of the Hiserabi. Originally created with the purpose of maintaining the floating towers of the Verin, the Hiserabi were discontinued after metaphysical automation deemed them redundant. They were relocated to the Nege forests on the eastern edge of the Jhoutai main continent. This was in part to dispose on them, part an experiment to see if they could survive the megaflora and megafauna.   Their survival was doubtful, but those who did could provide invaluable info to the Verin, who had been able to penetrate very far into the Nege. The Hiserabi turned out to be excellent survivors, which could be easily attributed to the mobility afforded by their long limbs, but which in fact came from their pronounced instance of the Sazashi trait of diphonic vocal cords - multiple cords which can be articulated independently. Where speed and claws failed the Hiserabi, their vocal range saved the day. They found themselves able to mimicry the creatures of the Nege and lead them around with basic commands. Eventually they lost interest in escaping, and began to settle down instead, forming a society. The diphonic vocalizations became commonplace, and were quickly integrated into their language.   Their society grew spread enough to the edge of the Nege that the Verin were able to pierce in and re-enslave a great number of them, and so this language—Chitter—was introduced to the Sazashi masses. It caught on quickly for its novelty—the other Sazashi had never incorporated their diphonic capabilities into anything more than spice when singing and as basic vocalizations of irritation of joy, and it entertained them to be able to do something that the Verin could not. It quickly became an argot language for the Sazashi to use behind the backs of the Verin.   From there it developed into Sazasharanare and her many dialects and became the language of the Sazashi Revolution.

Successor Languages


Chitter is marked by many strange sounds: pops, clicks, squeals, whines, croons, moans, growls, and so-forth. Many of these are insectile in nature, due to the high presence of Crustarthroflect in the Nege


Author's Notes

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20 May, 2019 16:01

NegeCity-1 is somewhere I want to climb now. To see what the first K'khinsier Tor Abbi saw from the edge of Jhoutai in that massive tree...   No one would have believed in the last years of the Verin Silver Supremacy that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences matching the Verin's and yet as mortal as his own; that as kinds busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a being with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency Verin went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over Meta. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the disguarded experiments as sources of mortal danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life evolving in exile instead of dying for our amusement like torchered pets as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most fringe Verin fancied there might be lesser stunted survivors of the exile upon later inspection, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of chance, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the funhouse mirror that reflects, intellects sideways and unexpected and unsympathetic, regarded this society with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us...   And early in the XXX century came the great disillusionment. (With apologies to H.G.Wells and War of the Worlds).

20 May, 2019 17:09

This is amazing! Definitely inspires me to get on with getting some good Hiserabi content down!

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