Shadow Shaman/Lore

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Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Rhasta, the Shadow Shaman
Born in the Bleeding Hills, Rhasta was just a starving youngling when picked up by a travelling con-man. For two pins of copper, the old con-man would tell your fortune. For three, he’d castrate your pig, for five, he’d circumcise your sons. For a good meal, he’d don his shaman garb, read from his ancient books, and lay a curse upon your enemies. His strange new youngling, part hill troll, part…something else, worked as assistant and lent an air of the exotic to the con-man’s trade.

Always one step ahead of cheated customers, one town ahead of a pursuing patronage, the two trekked across the blighted lands until one day the con-man realized that the little youngling could actually do what he only pretended at. His ward had a gift—a gift that customers valued. And so the youngling Rhasta was thrust before the crowds, and the trade-name Shadow Shaman was born. The two continued from town to town, conjuring for money as Shadow Shaman’s reputation grew. Eventually, the pair’s duplicitous past caught up with them, and they were ambushed by a mob of swindled ex-clients. The con-man was slain, and for the first time, Rhasta used his powers for darkness, massacring the attackers. He buried his beloved master, and now uses his powers to destroy any who would seek to do him harm.
Shadow Shaman
Associated with
Heroes:Naga Siren minimap icon.png Naga Siren
Dark Willow minimap icon.png Dark Willow
Places:Bleeding Hills
Characters:Rhasta's Master
Other Lore:Tang-Ki
Eki Bukaw
Sordid Era
  • Rhasta regards himself as an intermediary between living and dead, as well as a "messenger of those gone by".[1][2] These descriptions hint at some sort of communication with the world of the dead. He communes with the spirits of ancestors, as well as the "shades", who direct him across the world and grants him strength.[3]
  • Rhasta often chants in an unknown language.[4]
  • Rhasta continues to tell fortunes, like he did when traveling with his old master.[5]
  • Rhasta makes several references to drums, including hearing his own personal drumbeat.[6]
  • Rhasta has connections with several esoteric figures or cults, including the Tang-Ki, and the Eki Bukaw.
  • Rhasta also knows an ancient spell for curing insomnia: by turning the afflicted into sheep.[7]
  • When Rhasta was traveling with his Rhasta's Master, he delighted and shocked crowds with jolts of lightning, charmed dangerous snakes, and amused them by turning himself into a chicken at the end of each performance.[8]Hex description.</ref>[9] After the old con-man was slain, he turned his magical tricks to deadly forms of self-defense. He also developed a method of holding enemies in place with magical bonds.[10]
  • Rhasta has a business relationship with Mireska, due to their backgrounds as scam artists.[13]

The Sordid Era[edit]

Like the other shamans of his day, Rhasta traveled from town to town, peddling his services to all manners of peoples. But by near the end of the Sordid Era, the reputation of itinerant shamans had fallen into disrepute. Magicians like Rhasta were blamed for diseases and poor harvests, leading to their persecution and execution. Fearing for his life, Rhasta hid his shamanic powers, disguising himself as a vagabond, while performing the same services the old con-man once had. Should anyone ask about his skills, he claimed he had merely learned them on the road as a wanderer.[14] His master's advice stayed with him, and he wore a wide-brimmed hat, as well as banners on his back that clearly displayed the services he offered, in case of any confusion that may lead to hostilities with distrustful villagers.[15] While on the road, he brewed a potent drink, which he kept in a bottle by his side, toxic to everyone except himself.[16]

The Serpent Priest[edit]

Rhasta's enemies piled up as he killed his pursuers, attracting even more powerful foes to seek him out. To avoid his, he went into hiding below the earth, but did not find sanctuary there either. Instead, he was met by Gliss, a lordly serpent priest who desired his powers, and tried to attack him with a cursed decanter. Rhasta had no choice but to kill Gliss, and later acquired the priest's censer for himself.[17]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Allies meeting Shadow Shaman

  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r I'm a fan of your work Shaman, a good con is a thing of beauty.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r Are your grifting days all behind you, Shadow Shaman?
  • Play Naga Siren minimap icon.png r Shadow Shaman, my old friend.
  • Play Naga Siren minimap icon.png r Shaman, we shall lay our enemies low.

Enemies killing Shadow Shaman

  • Play Abaddon minimap icon.png Did you not see me in the shadows, Shaman?
  • Play Chen minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, your pagan ways die with you.
  • Play Dark Seer minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, I've seen your end.
  • Play Dazzle minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, over the hills with you!
  • Play Death Prophet minimap icon.png u Oh Rhasta, still playing at doctor?
  • Play Death Prophet minimap icon.png Shaman, I envy you the plunge into death's Shadow.
  • Play Earth Spirit minimap icon.png I send you to your ancestors.
  • Play Earth Spirit minimap icon.png You join the great gone-by.
  • Play Play Legion Commander minimap icon.png Never trust a wizard.
  • Play Play Lone Druid minimap icon.png Go with your father, Shaman.
  • Play Medusa minimap icon.png Leave the snake magic to the experts, Shaman.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r You're nothing a but a petty thug.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r I know a huckster when I see one.
  • Play Pugna minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, I cast you out.
  • Play Rubick minimap icon.png I am honored to have faced a shaman's skill.
  • Play Troll Warlord minimap icon.png Bow before your warlord.
  • Play Troll Warlord minimap icon.png The trolls from the hills are barely trolls at all.
  • Play Troll Warlord minimap icon.png Hill trolls are the weakest of our kind.
  • Play Wraith King minimap icon.png Your shades guided you to my kingdom.
  • Play Play Zeus minimap icon.png These so-called gods of yours are unknown to me. You should introduce us.


  • Play Oracle minimap icon.png r Vexed and hexed by fortune's shackles shall ye be.


  1. Shadow Shaman response: Play I am the messenger of those gone by.
  2. Shadow Shaman response: Play I am the medium between the worlds!
  3. Shadow Shaman response: Play As the shades direct.
  4. Shadow Shaman response: Play Suluchi-nominus-forti-cali!
  5. Shadow Shaman response: Play Told your fortune.
  6. Shadow Shaman response: Play I move to my own drumbeat.
  7. Lamb to the Slaughter description.
  8. Ether Shock description.
  9. Mass Serpent Ward description.
  10. Shackles description.
  11. Naga Siren response: Play Shadow Shaman, my old friend.
  12. Troll Warlord response: Play Hill trolls are the weakest of our kind.
  13. Dark Willow response: Play We need to come up with a schedule for who gets to hit what city. Last time we overlapped, it was trouble for both of us.
  14. The Mysterious Vagabond Set description.
  15. Mysterious Vagabond's Pack description.
  16. Mysterious Vagabond's Concoction description.
  17. Censer of Gliss description.