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'''Shaod''' is a term describing the process of being converted into an [[Elantrian]]. The word is based on the [[Aon#Shao|Aon Shao]] which means transformation or change.
   
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== Lore ==
In [[Elantris]], it is considered a curse to be struck with the Shaod, as at the time of the book, the transformation is unable to complete itself, and the person is left a shell of their prior self. Those stricken with the Shaod were exiled to Elantris, where they would slowly accumulate a large number of injuries (due to their being stuck in the middle of their transformation, their bodies wouldn't heal).
 
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The Shaod, or the Transformation, generally happens at night.{{wob ref|8409}} The people it chooses are seemingly random (though not completely){{wob ref|13071}} and may be from any age or class in society.{{book ref|Elantris|prologue}} The Shaod only takes people from [[Arelon]] or [[Teod]], and occasionally [[Duladel]].{{book ref|Elantris|19}} It is suspected that this is due to [[AonDor]]'s close [[Connection]] with Arelon and its geography in general.{{wob ref|411}} A person needs to have some genetic ties to Arelon and be in Arelon to be taken by the Shaod.{{wob ref|2173}} Immediate proximity to Elantris or Elantrians does not increase one's chances of being taken by the Shaod.{{book ref|Elantris|2}} A non-human could become an Elantrian.{{wob ref|11629}}
   
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There is an upper limit to the number of Elantrians there can be at a given time.{{wob ref|8617}} There are ways to reverse the Shaod.{{wob ref|9891}}{{wob ref|15260}}
When Raoden added the chasm line to the Aon Rao formed by Elantris and the surrounding series, the [[Dor]] was suddenly able to complete the transformation of those stricken by the Shaod. These became full Elantrians, able to access the Dor through the use of [[Aons]].
 
   
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== Physical Effects ==
One of the many oddities of the Shaod is that it only takes people from Arelon or Teod. It is suspected, but not confirmed, that this is due to [[AonDor]]'s close connection with Arelon in general.
 
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Those affected by the Shaod are transformed into Elantrians: they have brilliant white hair, silver skin, and seem almost to shine.{{book ref|Elantris|prologue}} Their bodies are able to heal quickly and they have superior strength, speed, and mental abilities, as well as access to the AonDor. If the Shaod strikes a pregnant woman, the unborn child becomes an Elantrian.{{wob ref|4665}}
   
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=== Incomplete Shaod ===
It is possible to mimic the physical effects of the Shaod ([[Hrathen]] does so), but the only known way to become an Elantrian is to be one of those taken by the Shaod.
 
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During the time that the Shaod was unable to complete itself, the Shaod caused those affected by it to have grey skin with "sickly black patches" and caused their hair to fall out{{book ref|Elantris|1}}. Their bodies became unable to heal and so continuously accumulated injuries. It is possible to mimic the physical effects of the failed Shaod ([[Hrathen]] does so through the use of a crafted poison), but the only known way to become an Elantrian is to be taken by the Shaod.
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== History ==
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After the [[Reod]], the Shaod could not complete itself because the geographical region around [[Elantris (city)|Elantris]] had changed from the configuration depicted in the [[Aon#Rao|Aon Rao]] formed by Elantris and its surrounding cities, altered by the appearance of a chasm after the Reod. The incomplete transformation rendered their bodies unable to heal. In the years following, it was therefore considered a curse to be chosen by the Shaod. Those stricken with the Shaod were treated as dead (complete with burial wrappings and a funeral offering of food{{book ref|Elantris|1}}) and exiled to Elantris, where they would accumulate eternally hurting injuries until they succumbed to the pain. When [[Raoden]] added a line representing the new chasm to Aon Rao, the [[Dor]] was able to complete the transformation of those stricken by the Shaod, transforming them into full Elantrians. {{book ref|Elantris|61}}
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Latest revision as of 12:21, 20 December 2021

Shaod
Raoden mirror by Elisgardor.jpg
Related to AonDor
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

Shaod is a term describing the process of being converted into an Elantrian. The word is based on the Aon Shao which means transformation or change.

Lore[edit]

The Shaod, or the Transformation, generally happens at night.[1] The people it chooses are seemingly random (though not completely)[2] and may be from any age or class in society.[3] The Shaod only takes people from Arelon or Teod, and occasionally Duladel.[4] It is suspected that this is due to AonDor's close Connection with Arelon and its geography in general.[5] A person needs to have some genetic ties to Arelon and be in Arelon to be taken by the Shaod.[6] Immediate proximity to Elantris or Elantrians does not increase one's chances of being taken by the Shaod.[7] A non-human could become an Elantrian.[8]

There is an upper limit to the number of Elantrians there can be at a given time.[9] There are ways to reverse the Shaod.[10][11]

Physical Effects[edit]

Those affected by the Shaod are transformed into Elantrians: they have brilliant white hair, silver skin, and seem almost to shine.[3] Their bodies are able to heal quickly and they have superior strength, speed, and mental abilities, as well as access to the AonDor. If the Shaod strikes a pregnant woman, the unborn child becomes an Elantrian.[12]

Incomplete Shaod[edit]

During the time that the Shaod was unable to complete itself, the Shaod caused those affected by it to have grey skin with "sickly black patches" and caused their hair to fall out[13]. Their bodies became unable to heal and so continuously accumulated injuries. It is possible to mimic the physical effects of the failed Shaod (Hrathen does so through the use of a crafted poison), but the only known way to become an Elantrian is to be taken by the Shaod.

History[edit]

After the Reod, the Shaod could not complete itself because the geographical region around Elantris had changed from the configuration depicted in the Aon Rao formed by Elantris and its surrounding cities, altered by the appearance of a chasm after the Reod. The incomplete transformation rendered their bodies unable to heal. In the years following, it was therefore considered a curse to be chosen by the Shaod. Those stricken with the Shaod were treated as dead (complete with burial wrappings and a funeral offering of food[13]) and exiled to Elantris, where they would accumulate eternally hurting injuries until they succumbed to the pain. When Raoden added a line representing the new chasm to Aon Rao, the Dor was able to complete the transformation of those stricken by the Shaod, transforming them into full Elantrians. [14]

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