The Path of Awakening

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Shamanism has been a part of the magical traditions of Kith Kanaan since the Age of Dreams, and has existed as a foundation for society ever since. Throughout history, there have been individuals who have had the ability to communicate with the spirits, and such people have often become the spiritual foundation for their community. To awaken the awareness of an apprentice, most teachers bring their student to an underground lodge, or to a deep cave. The student must either meditate in the lodge, or wander into the cave, their senses overwhelmed by the darkness and silence. Through this deprivation, the apprentice becomes aware of the spirits about them, and once the apprentice has awakened, they are either released from the lodge, or find their own way through the caves and out the other side, a new-born shaman. Each time a shaman is eligible for a new Benefit, they perform this ritual deprivation, communing with the spirits to heighten their awareness of the spirit world and strengthening their bond.

Once awakened, a shaman becomes aware of the spirits that balance Creation. Every animal and tree, every gust of wind or lick of flame, and every location or emotion has a spiritual counterpart. The shaman is charged with keeping harmony between the spirit world and Creation, enforced by the powerful taboos that a shaman carries upon their souls as a sign of humility and understanding. To the community, the shaman is a protector, guarding the people from rogue spirits and harm. To the spirit world, the shaman is their voice, ensuring that the community acts in harmony with the entities who pass unseen among them. The shaman is expected to help maintain balance in both worlds, taking no sides.

Upon awakening as a shaman, the Hero must choose one taboo, a spiritual oath which limits the actions of the shaman and represents their humility when faced with the powers they possess. As the shaman gains power and becomes famous or influential they must take additional taboos. These bans are enforced by the spirit world – and if the shaman violates the tenet of their taboo, it is lost, taking with it the advantage and disadvantage provided by the taboo itself. If the shaman loses their last taboo, they also lose all benefits and spell casting ability associated with this path.

Titles: Shaman, Spirit Speaker