The following characters are all Peshinooti inhabitants of Mi’Zhika:

Shehnoori: Little is known of this man except what late Peshinooti legends say about him. Apparently, he was just a fisherman who married a chief’s daughter (Fiozeh). According to the current Peshinooti populations on Mi’Zhika, the Peshinooti and Bi’Minoyti were rather close ever since Mahdheykhab II mixed both provinces’ populations to ensure the Bi’Monoyti wouldn’t rebel. When the Pi’ Njerazh system fell and that Shkehlkhab XVII began to destroy all trust between provinces, it was the Bi’Minoyti who helped the Peshinooti obtain some form of organization by returning to the system they had before the Kahlezhiti invasions. This is what thrust random fishermen like Shehnoori in the centre of local politics. Apparently, he was close enough to the Bi’Minoyti to seek for their help and know all about their own plans for their province (did he have mixed ancestry or had he helped notable Bi’Minoyti in a way?) and thus did not get the idea to move the entire Peshinooti population on his own. It is possible that the reason why he waited and did not leave at the same time as the Bi’Minoyti was that the other chiefs disagreed, expected help from within/without Kanlehzhoy or were still faithful to the illegitimate king.

Known as the very first chief of Mi’Zhika, it is said he led his people out of Kanlezhoy thanks to unexpected winds and his only daughter’s dreams. However, it is possible that the real reasons would have been seasonal currents.
His daughter Melusidh (also spelled “Melushidh”) named the island and its capital on the day they landed on Mi’Zhika but died moments later.

Karripah: He was the current chief when Mihro arrived to Mi’Zhika. He took him in and helped him learn Peshinooti while most people were highly suspicious of him, his origins and the reason why he came on the island. It was also him who asked Mihro to teach his people D’ni. Later, he officially adopted the D’ni alphabet to write in Peshinooti and gave the D’ni language a particular status.

Seeyahnzhi III: Contrarily to his father, Seeyahnzhi agreed with Mihro on the fact that the Peshinooti should not be too influenced by the D’ni culture so they would not become dependant of the latter. He was the one who altered the D’ni alphabet with Mihro so that it may work with Peshinooti phonetics. Later, he went to D’ni with Mihro and a few others so that he may see what his friend was referring to. When they all returned, he helped him plan his lighthouse’s construction and painted Ghortahnti-inspired frescoes in the chief’s house (chiefs did not own the house they lived in as they “ruled”- that house, first built by Shehnoori according the the island’s folklore, is meant to host the island’s chiefs. If a chief dies or is replaced, the entire family moves so that the new chief may inhabit it).

He died about fifty years later, at a relatively young age. He remained Mihro’s best friend until the very end.

Diovehrris Shehnooree IV: The current chief. He has been in charge of Mi’Zhika’s community since 1953 AD and is one of the oldest chiefs of the island’s history. Though friendly, helpful and in relatively good terms with the DRC, he remains a shy character who prefers to remain at home than to stroll around the island to greet explorers. He is fluent in D’ni in spite of his native lilt and is still struggling with English at the moment. His daughter, however, has asked some of the DRC’s linguists to help her children learn English in the hope that it would help them later on.

Diovehrris Shehnooree IV has not told the DRC yet whom he intends his successor to be though several natives claim he has already made up his mind.


Notable female characters:

Melusidh: Shehnoori’s only daughter. She was fourteen when the entire Peshinooti population left Kanlehzhoy and caught a sort of fever during the voyage. It is said that she had visions of Mi’Zhika during her fits and died only moments after she asked her father to name the island that way. The capital bears her name.

Fiozeh: Shehnoori’s wife. She was a rather unimportant tribal princess back in Kanlehzhoy whose father gave Shehnoori enough relations and power to lead their people out of Kanlehzhoy.

Shkehlma: The very first female chief on Mi’Zhika. Her brother, who had been supposed to replace Seeyahnzhi III, died in mysterious circumstances. Her cousin Rovehrris tried to overthrow her twice, to no avail. She disappeared two years after she had been chosen to replace her brother. She was only 24 years old. Marsh-dwellers found her body three years after her disappearance, though none knew what had happened. Her cousin, who had been chosen to replace her, was immediately suspended due to the people’s suspicion that he had murdered her.

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