On the Humma [resurrected from the lost internet]

jedion357's picture
June 11, 2021 - 4:13am
the internet archive has a snapshot of this from 2014 but I believe it was posted earlier circa 2000.


Excerpt from Dr. Tarip Esner's* "The Curse of One - A Study into the Humma Culture-Linguistic Link" (pg. 137) 

Hev -- One (noun), Hated (adj), Cursed (adj) 

This one word sheds light into the mentality of the Humma while giving support to the theory of past Sathar intervention. As can be seen, the Humma associate the number one with the idea of being under a curse. This no doubt is linked to the reproductive cycle of the Humma who may only bear one child. Now it is obvious that this has not always been the state of affairs, for the Humma now number several million. This leads one to the conclusion that the current condition is not the natural nor desired one. The proposition by Pinola (FY 108) is supported by Teikos Hev -- the 108's name for Outpost #1. Although Outpost #1 is the common translation from the Humma language, the name can also be translated Fortification One or Hated Fortification. Now in the light of the previous occupants of Teikos Hev, Hated Fortification may be a better translation. This theory ties together with Pinola. If Pinola is indeed right then the etimology may be somewhat as follows. 

The Humma were a race which the Sathar met early on. As is their way, the Sathar enslaved the Humma. But as any student or friend of a Humma can witness, they are not of the inclination to be controlled. A revolt ensues which is costly to the Sathar. However the Sathar with superior technology prevail and decide to reduce the risk of further revolts by genetically engineering the Humma so that only they may bear only one child each, whereas they previously bore up to eight pups per litter.** By controlling the females in the population, they are able to threaten the race with extinction. Thus the number one became associated with a cursed state. Later in their history, the Humma are able to throw off the yoke of oppression (perhaps when the Sathar became occupied with war upon the UPF). Upon joining the UPF, and offered a chance to strike back at the _bah_ (meat, enemy, Sathar), the Humma were more than willing. Thus, upon learning of the outpost of Sathar, it became to be called Teikos Hev -- the Hated Fortification of the Sathar. Since the liberation of the planet, the 108th, have kept the name to remind themselves of the Humma condition and those who brought it upon them in the first place. 

* Dr. Tarip Esner is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Zebulon. As a Yazirian he is one of the few races which the Humma respect, giving him opportunity to study their culture as none other have. He is considered the foremost expert on Humma culture and society. 

** More evidence of the original reproductive state of the Humma is indicated in their name for a Humma who has given birth to a litter of two pups -- Asumfora -- without misfortune. Rather than being called Seemeiov-miracle. This is in light of the fact that litters of two pups occur only once out of every eighty million (1/80,000,000) Humma. 

Well, what do you think? The idea of Humma twins sure brings up ideas .. . . Thanks! Andrew L. Chang
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
June 11, 2021 - 4:29am
So expanding off of this material:

The MSO would establishe a major genetics lab on Hum, possibly long before treaties were signed with the Rim. 

I would change the statement thatt there are several million humma to several billion as only one birth per individual is not a stable population.

I love the idea that the word Hev  as a noun means one, adjective means hated or cursed 

I think that a prophecy about a mulitple birth would crop up among the humma. possibly that twins would so something legendary against the sathar.- destroy them, unravel the genetic engineering curse of the sathar or maybe even locate one of their home systems thereby marking it for destruction.

Also because of the proximity of the osakar system if there was a prophecy/religious belief that cropped up you just know at least one osakar is going to practice that belief. 

Location: MSO lab on Hum. twin humma scientists are close to unraveling the genetic secret of what the sathar did to the humma. osakar scientist/doctor beleieve they are the prophesied twins and is worried about a plot of the sathar to kill them? sends a communication to a related osakar elsewhere asking for help. Enter PCs (providing that the PCs include an osakar) if not providing that an osakar is their employer, if not providing they have some other connection to the osakar, if not providing they are MSO or STar Law or Space Fleet security or intel. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!