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Shamans of the Body and MindD&D Insider Article
Class Acts
By Tavis Allison

Ancient shamans believed that life is made of body, mind, and spirit. All agreed that spirit should be paramount, but their disagreement over whether body or mind should be next most important became a centuries-long clash. Seeking victory in this conflict, each group developed a different mastery for their spirit companions. Shamans of the body learned to turn spirit into corporeal weight, while their rivals gave their spirit companions minds of their own and sent them into a foe’s brain to control thoughts and actions. Learning the shamanic lore of body or mind might make you the ally of one spirit conspiracy and the enemy of another. Those who embrace the techniques of both paths risk becoming seen as a double agent.

Even the mortals who preserve the teachings of these factions have largely forgotten their conflict, but the immortal spirits remember. Many elder powers were recruited into this war and have never ceased fighting for their cause. Learning the shamanic lore of body or mind might make you the ally of one spirit conspiracy and the enemy of another. Those who embrace the techniques of both paths risk becoming seen as a double agent.

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    About the Author

    Tavis Allison is the co-author of the Dragon magazine article “Warden Essentials” and several other D&D projects that he can’t wait to see released so that he can mention them in his About the Author section. Tavis plays and DMs with the New York Red Box.