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Understanding Shamanism
That's what happens (in essence) to Witch Doctors and Troll Shaman. They go through a process called 'mounting' where a spirit or Loa takes enters them to channel their powers into the caster. It's never been stated whether or not they have brief control, but I'm of the opinion that if a spirit capable of splitting towns in half went into MY body, it could do what ever the hell it wanted to.
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"...Makes its own tune."

~ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ~
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  • Ormica
How exactly would a twin-soul be roleplayed? How would it feel for a tauren shaman to be a twin-soul (in general, the other spirit's gender doesn't matter)

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Um, is there a guide like this for Voodoo? There was nothing that said exactly how it worked and even the wiki is not very specific.
In darkness we are born, in shadows we are raised

Speaking of Shamans, I always had a very specified thought about one of their spell and a possibility regarding RP that I'd like to get people's idea on : Far-view spell.

Maybe you do know about Sir Terry Pratchett's work in the Discworld books, but if not let me be very brief about it :

The Witches in Pratchett's universe are capable of "Borrowing" an animal or even mineral's "mind" in order to see through its eyes, smell through its nose and what not.

This is a highly dangerous thing as one can get lost in the animal's mind (yes, the mineral borrowing only happenned once and was made by the most powerfull witch in a magical place, hence why the "rock" had a mind.) or become an animal itself (soul damaged and going coocoo) but allows for very good shamanic RP too.

I'd like to know if you'd be up to speak of this with me one time IG or even get yourself a hold of "Equal Rites" of Terry Pratchett to first have a great time and then read about this "Borrowing" business.

Otherwise, great guide. Shamans are though to play and this helps getting a better understanding about their ways.
Yorrick Von Überwald - Night-Watch member, Alliance soldier, Worgen hunter, adventurer and cuddly mass of muscles and fangs at times.

All dem alts :
Altaally - Super spacegoat from planet Baaaa with hooves that makes "clip-clop".
Emily Arlendel - "Have you heard about the Light yet?" Missionnary and doctor.
Nilsaanai Silverwhisper - Priestess in training and fully clothed elf.
Julia Torl - "Bar fight!" Brawler, brat and inactive charact-.. Eh, oops.
Eleanor Sunbloom - A mage who has no problem passing through doors.
Chayton Thornhands - George, George, George of the Jungle...

Here lies :
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Recently I've been reading the works of Henry Cornelius Agrippa and I've been incorporating his writings on the base elements into Vortok's shamanism... while keeping true to WoW shamanism as I understand it from "Lord of the Clans."
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  • Esthrunil
Actually there is missing an Official Guide for Shamanism Roleplay in WoW. What you mostly get is how you can get the best benefit out of the capabilities of the Shaman and how to level up quickly.
But to actually play the role of a Shaman you need more in-depth information about what are his beliefs, his values and his motivations.
Playing on different private WoW-Server I found that the best background informations are hidden in the little daily quests as they are called and so enjoyed them very much as to learn more about the real Character.
Luckily we have this information gathered through data-mining in wowhead.com at our disposition. Only I don't know to which degree it is complete and shows you all the Shaman Quests available.
Reading all those little explanation helps you understanding how a WoW Shaman really is meant to work.
Quest "Rune-Inscribed Note":
I do understand the elements, and I can speak to the spirits of our people. I will teach you to do the same.
Quest "Rune-Inscribed Parchment":
you have been chosen: chosen to lead the spiritual lives of our people.
You will be the conduit in which our ancestors communicate. You will have the power of the elements at your beck and call.
Quest "Empowered Rune"
even here in remote Coldridge, the sprits are rebelling. The land is crying out for help. Yet still, even in times such as these, the spirits will always turn an ear to those who ask for their assistance.
Quest "The Arts of a Shaman":
As ya grow in powah, you begin ta discovah the voices of da ancestahs speakin' to ya, teachin' you dere secrets. Tha first of 'dese is to focus tha power of da elements into yer weapon.
From all these Quotes I can learn 2 source on which the power of the Shaman is based and where he gets his guidances, directions and motivations from.
1) the Spirits of the Ancestors:
The Shaman looks on the Spirits of the Dead Ancestors for Guidance and Direction. He actually speaks to them.
2) the Elements of the Nature.
The Shaman controls the Elements of Nature and uses their Power to perform his overnatural deeds.

"the sprits are rebelling. The land is crying out for help." is an interesting quote as it permits different interpretations.
- "the spirits" are the Spirits of the Ancestors and they are griefed about what happened to the land.
- "the land is crying" as the Shaman can feel that the Elements of Nature are shattered and need help to get into ballance again.
- "the spirits of the land are crying" as there would be astral beings behind the Elements of Nature or as if the Elements of Nature would manifest as spirits or astral beings.
We have seen often the Elementals NPCs in-world that are a manifestation of the Elements of Nature. They are often explained as the Elements of Nature being out of balance and provoking those manifestations.

So we can explain the quote "the land is crying" as the Elements of Nature are shattered and have provoked astral Elemental manifestations.

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