This installment of All the World's a Stage is the twentieth in a series of roleplaying guides in which we find out all the background information you need to roleplay a particular race or class well, without embarrassing yourself.
Long long ago, human beings all around the world (of Earth, not Warcraft
) investigated different ways of describing how the world around them worked. Many different cultures found that the materials they encountered seemed divided into four or five separate elements
, each with its own properties: earth, fire, water, and air. Space, "void," or "aether" was often noted as the fifth element, or, as in the case of China, the understanding of these elements looked a lot different but in the end produced a similar sort of system.
In Azeroth, however, these ideas about the elements never got swallowed up by modern science and the periodic table of elements
. They turned out to be real forces in the world, each with its own set of elemental spirits, which people could communicate and cooperate with.
Shamans are the masters of this magical task, charged with helping to maintain the balance of nature in a very different way from druids
. While druids are focused more on nature as a system of energy, life, and growth, shamans focus more on the spirits of the land, flames, waters and skies as they all interact with one another. They gain great wisdom by learning of the different characteristics of these elements, and in turn bring this wisdom to the people they serve.
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