[Fulfill the Prophecy]
At the beginning of time, when the world was barely populated, there existed
a group of mortals that often walked beside the immortals themselves, hearing
of their wishes and plans for the world. Time passed by, and the immortals
began to conceal themselves in the heavens more and more often, to escape the
distraction of mortal attention. The group continued to talk to immortals,
but no longer would they meet. Only through the channels of prayer would
they communicate. The clerics,
as they came to be called, had a greater bond
with the heavens than any other guildhall, their very powers themselves being
derived from immortal favor. The cleric guildhall became one which fought
with its faith, by praying for the divine to answer their allowed prayers.
As the Great War
began in Serin, the faith of the clerics was tested more
than any other time, as their blood was spilled in the name of the side they
had chosen. The immortals allowed their prayers to continue, but Stryth
objected to the heavens being used to derive the means for a guild devoted
to worship to be fighting each other. Thus the cleric guild was fractured,
and formed into two new guilds, with their allowed prayers more suited to
their standing - those that helped the orc invaders commit atrocities became
the shamans of darkness.
Twisted and malevolent from communing into the darkness, the guild of the
shamans is a sect of dark priests that aim to destroy the faith of others.
They are the prophets of death and suffering, and often play an instrumental
part in it themselves. Communing their supplications from both the gods of
darkness and the demons of the material abyss, they possess a devastating
array of maledictions, allowing them to capitalize quickly and ruthlessly
on an unprepared foe, to gradually wear out the strongest of
to turn the bravest of enemies into a nervous, gibbering wreck. Their faces
usually take on a skeletal or demonic appearance, from their close ties with
the prime evils, and they must stay evil
to use their prayers.