'The Shinse seek form in all things
Our Form must reflect our souls
Being light and rapid in movement
Beautiful like the Warrior or the hunter of Waachi’

Intro to the Shikanse

The Shinse, a matriarchal society, value respect and beauty. Their power and effectiveness on the battlefield come from these attributes. Though they are not the strongest of the inhabitants of Skara, they cut their enemies down quickly and in one-to-one combat are greatly feared. Before the cataclysm, the Durno sent their youth to train in Shinse schools.

The Shinse now have a tense relationship with their former allies, the Durno, who betrayed them when the Celea arrived on Skara’s shores. They have never liked the Tamvaasa, whose seafaring members were known to raid and harass the Shinse coast as long as anyone can remember. But it is the Celea for whom Shinse hatred burns, bringing to life the Shinse proverb: Anger that sits burns its bearer, anger that moves burns others.
Once a coastal people, the Shinse make do with a life on Skara’s western Steppes, where the harsh winds blow and food is scarce. The memory of their former life spurs them on, as they build a future, preserve the knowledge from the Seven Schools and dream of returning to their homeland.

Although most Shinse yearn for the fat living once enjoyed in the southern coast, some see in the disaster a hidden blessing, for learning in the Signs has never been stronger. The Waygoers, strict followers of these Signs as taught by Lu Min, have spread throughout the land offering hope in the world few can see, let alone harness for good. Read more about Shinse's Lore on Skara's Wikia


Displaced from their homes on the southern coasts of Skara, the Shinse have rebuilt a life on the foundations of the ruins of their ancient forebears: The Zem. Relatively safe in the wild lands beyond the Rhozha mountains, the Shinse are rediscovering their inner wisdom and strength.

Masters of many ancient arts, the Shinse once taught in the Seven Schools. They guard this knowledge still, honing it into an elegant deadly weapon that none can withstand. Now this knowledge is kept in the Temple of Gao-Di, where it has mixed with the ancient wisdom of the Zem who built it. This dry, high land is made livable only by the presence of a great lake, Nagaco, which holds the succulent Waachi that keep the Shinse strong.

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