Shaman (sometimes pluralized as shamans) are mortal mediators between the very elements themselves. Often spiritual guides of their communities, these powerful practitioners commune with the ancestors and seek to balance the raging elemental forces, and can call upon them in battle to scorch and blast their enemies, or to strengthen and heal their allies. Shaman can enhance their weapons with elemental effects, smite enemies with lightning strikes and bursts of lava, and summon powerful elementals to their aid.
Shamanism is popular among the tauren, orcs, trolls, draenei, dwarves, pandaren, and even some goblins. Some early human sects and tribes have practiced it, though it had since faded out of popular use with the monopolization of the Light and arcane. They are spiritual guides and practitioners, not of the divine, but of the very elements. Unlike some other mystics, shaman commune with forces that are not strictly benevolent. The elements are chaotic, and left to their own devices, they rage against one another in unending primal fury. It is the call of the shaman to bring balance to this chaos. Acting as moderators among earth, fire, water, and air, shaman summon totems that focus the elements to support the shaman’s allies or punish those who threaten them.
These masters of the elements can also call upon elemental forces directly, unleashing torrents of lava and bolts of lightning against foes. The elements can create, destroy, support, and hinder. The experienced shaman balances the vast spectrum of these primordial forces into an array of diverse abilities, making shaman versatile heroes and valued members of any group. The most powerful shaman earn the illustrious title of "Farseer."
Many shaman are part of the Earthen Ring, led by the great Farseer. While none are forced to be apart of the Ring, many choose to live their lives with others of their powers and cooperate in their quest for peace and natural growth around Azeroth. Some shaman also become plagueshifters in order to combat the plague of undeath that permeates the Plaguelands.
Shaman use the four elements - Earth, Air, Fire, and Water - along with Spirit to bring them to life. Only dark shaman forego spirit and use the elements with decay, seen by some shaman scholars as a missing "sixth element." The dark shaman forces the elements into servitude by using Decay, twisting them into burned-out ash, corrupted waters, and toxic air. They exist within the Fel Horde, the Twilight Cult, the True Horde, and the Iron Horde. Initially they formed an independent organization called Dark Shaman, consisting of surviving members of the Twilight's Hammer, and took over the Ragefire Chasm. After Garrosh Hellscream began building his new base of power beneath Orgrimmar, most of the Ragefire Dark Shaman swore allegiance to his cause, and began training Kor'kron shaman in the art of Dark Shamanism. Instead of simple robes, they don ominous-looking garments more akin to warlocks. During the attack on Northwatch Hold, the dark shaman summoned molten giants, an act forbidden by the Earthen Ring, to crush the Alliance defenders. The dark shaman of the Iron Horde hail from the Warsong Clan and use the Void to enslave the elements.
Shamanism is one of the oldest spiritual and religious followings in mortal history, with the majority of sapient races having practiced it. has been practiced for millennia; since the mortal races first discovered the elements. Trolls and tauren were the predominant practitioners on Azeroth, while the Orcs were the Shaman of Draenor - now Outland. It eventually found usage among the goblins and humans, but it became an integral part of troll culture. The latter of which, however, were known as "Witch Doctors" up until later in time when they joined the New Horde.
While shamanism continued on for many a century back on Azeroth, the Orcish shaman of Draenor were corrupted by the diabolical Kil'jaeden of the Burning Legion in an act to turn them against the neighboring draenei. Kil'jaeden succeeded in making the Orcs decide to massacre the draenei by masquerading as their ancestral spirits. With both manipulation from the Legion and the inner circle of the Shadow Council, the indoctrination was ruthlessly effective. Many orcish shaman had embraced the dark taint of fel magic - whether through forceful severing from the elements or by choice - and became warlocks. Some of the most infamous warlocks of today were once Orcish shaman who were corrupted in this very way, such as Ner'zhul and Gul'dan. Though many tried to hang onto their roots, it was impossible. Even Drek'Thar fell to its influence, though he later repented and returned to the ways of old. When Ner'zhul created portals other worlds, the weakening of barriers between worlds started to tear Draenor apart. Horrified by what the world had become, he attempted to escape but was forcibly returned to the world as part of the Legion's schemes. His body was physically destroyed, and his spirit was bound to a structure known as the Frozen Throne. This eventually led to the downfall of Lordaeron and the rise of the Lich King.
For an amount of time, the elements were lost and confused, all until they managed to commune with the Broken draenei Nobundo. After the elements taught Nobundo of the ways of nature and balance, he would become the first shaman of the Draenei people. It was then he took many draenei students under his wing, training many in the art of shamanism.
The loss of Outland and the lethargy of the orcs upon realizing the horrors they had committed nearly destroyed orcish culture altogether. Ultimately, it found its redemption and rebirth in the form of Thrall, son of Durotan. Within the internment camps, shamanism was regarded as nothing more than delusions and fairy tales. However, Thrall escaped Durnholde Keep and sought out the surviving Frostwolf Clan, who backed his notion to free his enslaved people and escape to Kalimdor. As a result, shamanism entered a new renaissance under the Horde.
Notable Shaman Edit
|Thrall / Go'el||Orc||New Horde / Frostwolf Clan /Earthen Ring||Orcish leader of the Horde Council||Alive|
|Drek'Thar||Orc||New Horde / Frostwolf Clan / Earthen Ring||Chieftain and elder shaman
of the Frostwolf Clan
|Magatha Grimtotem||Tauren||Grimtotem Tribe||Elder crone of the
|Farseer Nobundo||Broken||Grand Alliance / Earthen Ring||First draenei shaman||Alive|
|Muln Earthfury||Tauren||Earthen Ring||Former leader of the
|Rehgar Earthfury||Orc||New Horde / Earthen Ring / New Council of Tirisfal||Earthen Ring champion||Alive|
|Akama||Broken||Ashtongue Tribe / Illidari||Ashtongue chieftain||Alive|
|Rokhan||Jungle troll||New Horde / Darkspear Tribe||Leader of the Darkspear Tribe||Alive|
|Aggralan||Orc||New Horde / Earthen Ring||Wife of Thrall||Alive|
|Med'an||Quarter-orc, quarter-draenei, half-human||New Council of Tirisfal||Former Guardian of Tirisfal||Alive|
|Greatmother Geyah||Orc||Mag'har||Spiritual leader of the Mag'har||Alive|
|Primal Torntusk||Forest troll||Revantusk Tribe||Leader of the Revantusk Tribe||Alive|
|Zekhan||Jungle troll||Darkspear Tribe||Member of the Darkspear Tribe||Alive|
|Rulkan||Orc||Shadowmoon Exiles||Leader of the Shadowmoon Exiles||Alive|
|Gavan Grayfeather||Wildhammer dwarf||Earthen Ring||Earthen Ring champion||Alive|
|Stormcaller Mylra||Wildhammer dwarf||Earthen Ring||Earthen Ring champion||Alive|
|Morgl the Oracle||Murloc||Earthen Ring||Shaman wanderer||Alive|
|Rimblat Earthshatter||Tauren||Earthen Ring||Earthen Ring emissary for the Argent Dawn||Alive|
|Farseer Ori||Ankoan||Grand Alliance / Waveblade Ankoan||Farseer of the Waveblade Ankoan||Alive|
|Gurrag||Furbolg||Unknown||Stillpine furbolg shaman trainer||Alive|
|Leorajh||Saberon||Bloodmane Tribe||Draenor adventurer||Alive|
|Vol'jin||Jungle troll||New Horde / Darkspear Tribe||Former warchief of the Horde
and the Darkspear Tribe
|Ner'zhul||Orc||Burning Legion||Elder shaman of the Shadowmoon Clan||Deceased|
|Zuluhed the Whacked||Orc||Dragonmaw Clan / Illidari||Former chieftain of the Dragonmaw Clan||Deceased|
|Jammal'an the Prophet||Jungle troll||Atal'ai Tribe / Hakkari||High priest of the Atal'ai Tribe||Deceased|
|Jin'do the Hexxer||Jungle troll||Gurubashi Tribe / Hakkari||Follower of Hakkar the Soulflayer||Deceased|
|Mogor||Ogre||Warmaul Clan / Coilfang Tribe||Hero of the Warmaul Clan||Deceased|
|Kardris Dreamseeker||Orc||True Horde||Dark shaman trainer||Deceased|
|Hallazeal the Ascended||Elemental ascendant||Twilight's Hammer||Member of the Twilight's Hammer||Deceased|
|Mennu the Betrayar||Broken||Coilfang Tribe||Guards the Slave Pens||Deceased|
|Kiggler the Crazed||Ogre||Bladespire Clan||Member of the Maulgar Ogre Council||Deceased|
|Antu'sul||Sand troll||Farraki Tribe||Overseer of Sul and warden of Zul'Farrak||Deceased|