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2-26-2012 @ 6:30PM
I have the suspicion that "Sha" is simply an asian-sounding shortening of "Shadow", without realizing the similarity to the Draenic word.
2-26-2012 @ 10:18PM
This. There have been characters in WoW and other franchies that accidentally share the same name-- either full or just surname-- and it's an unintentional coincidence. The writers like the name and forget that they used it already.Although... a Sha does look remarkably like a Dark Naruu, doesn't it? :P
2-27-2012 @ 1:18AM
"Sha (煞, shā) is Chinese for "evil spirit""From Wowpedia.So you're kinda right. But it could still be an interesting tie-in, too.
2-27-2012 @ 3:49AM
IIRC, in traditional Chinese magic/theology/geomancy/whateveryouwanttocallit "Sha" is kind of the opposite of Ch'i - negative energy rather than positive. The "Sha means Light!" thing, while neat, is almost certainly a coincidence.
2-27-2012 @ 7:16AM
There goes the whole article :D That's why, while I love lore, I don't really like tinfoil hat stuff.
2-27-2012 @ 7:47AM
I was going to make my own comment but since the disccusion is already going."Sha means Light, in draenic, on Draenor -- and it means something completely different to the pandaren of Azeroth, a polar opposite of the meaning given to the word by the draenei. If the word Sha is referring to dark creatures on Azeroth, is it possible, then, that these creatures are essentially anti-naaru?"My TFHT immediately leaned in my ear and whispered: "isz... isz..."In the Maxx graphic novels (by Sam Kieth; who is f'n awesome and anyone unaware should check him out), there are these creatures called isz. In the Maxx universe there is the regular world, what we view as reality, and the "actual" world known as Pangea or more commonly the Outback.In the Outback, isz are white creatures and usually non-violent. They turn black and evil when they enter our world from the Outback. One has to wonder, is it possible that Azeroth has a corrupting influence on the Sha? Or are they separate entities all together?
2-27-2012 @ 10:46AM
Well to the draenei sha means light and to the pandaren it means dark, is it possible that on pandaria the sha are naruu in void state but so void that it is far past from ever coming back so it is just evil and the draenei naruu are in light phase.
2-27-2012 @ 1:19PM
And while we're pursuing etymology, don't forget that A) 'sha,' as a one-syllable word is very likely to be a basic concept and B) the draenic/eredun word predates the arrivals of both Sargeras and the naaru on Argus.Never mind the silliness that Azeroth can ever be a world without conflict. There's a few different words that can be used to describe such a world: stasis, for one, and far more damning, boring.The whole article is "wouldn't if it be neat if..." followed by "given that unlikely circumstance, wouldn't it also be neat if..." repeated over and over. And as if to remind you just how far out on a limb Anne was, she pointlessly dredged up the silly (IMO) E'lune conjecture.Maybe the naaru will have something to say about the sha. But 'the sha are the naaru's evil twin' is not what I'd bet. It's been said that the sha are manifestations of strife; if they're the anti-naaru, it implies that the naaru are manifestations of cooperation, of caring. In other words, holy magic would be the Carebear Stare. And that would be horrible.
2-27-2012 @ 5:27PM
So when we get to very simple stuff like good nature is good and bad nature is evil it becomes carebear? How many great stories have there been when that very simplistic idea is really profound and what ties everything together? Harry Potter is in the end a story all about this very concept that love and hope conquer evil and malice. Yes there is a lot of other things going on but it is what it is. Let the story unfold before you judge it.
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