the Searer was an orcish Shaman
orc of the
Losh-Oc tribe. She was the daughter of the war-chief Mukhor, who was the son
of the Shaman woman Eghau; who also was a Searer. Shakgrah's searing abilities
were given to her by her grandmother through her father.
Shakgrah became a great sign of respect and power when she was wed to Gekbar, the future Warlord. Her life was ended quickly; a fight against the last of the Mynians during the Burning Night caused the orcs to flee; she was unable to escape and was slaughtered by the frenzied Mynians. She is seen as a martyr to her tribe; and though they could not find her flesh to consume her power, they built an altar near the site she was last seen.
Picture description: Shakgrah the Searer, a famous orcish Shaman of the Losh-Oc tribe. Image drawn by Faugar.
Shakgrah was born in 1687 b.S., the middle child of the family of Mukhor (the
Warlord) and his wife Tahgu. Shakgran was the only female born to Mukhor, and
inherited the gift of Searing that Mukhor's line carried.
Shakgrah was a feisty little orc-girl; before she understood her skills, she would torment her childhood friends by grabbing them fiercely and burning them with her Touch. No one would commad her to quit, as she was the daughter of the Warlord, and repercussions would surely be given if someone reprimanded her.
One such day when she was about 5, she did the mistake of searing a young Gekbar; the son of a prominent spearman in the tribe. He abruptly turned around and struck her with his fist; she fell to the ground wailing. Gekbar jumped upon her and began beating her fiercely, stating that using her skill was an embarassment to her father.
Shakgrah heard these words and understood Gekbar, but did not let him know. She continued to take the assault until several orcs realized what was happening and dragged the angry Gekbar away.
A few weeks after the incident, Shakgrah visted her grandparents. They were old and looked down upon, even if Khogor (her grandfather) was the former Warlord. Eghau was still a Shaman, however. That kept them from being attacked by the stronger orcs.
Shakgrah asked Eghau to teach her how to use her Searing skills, and Shakgrah nodded. Every day for 10 years, Shakgrah visited her grandmother and learned to Sear through practice and observation. Shakgrah discovered that Searing wasn't a weapon, but a form of violent healing.
Eghau would receive a wounded orc into her tent, and with her burning hands, she would touch the wound. The heat emanating from them would kill bacteria, burn away the ruined skin, coagulate the blood and cause the whole of the wound to close in on itself. The bleeding would halt and the pain would turn into a burning ache. The closing of the wound in this fashion allowed it to heal faster. Shakgrah learned many different Shaman rituals; medicines, death rites and many things that prepared her to take her place in the tribe as Shaman.
When Shakgrah was 15, her parents deemed her a woman and quickly wed her to a promising spearman named Gekbar. Shakgrah cowered slightly at the name, but upon meeting him again, was surprised. He had become a strong, well-known orc, and was a handsome orc at that. Shakgrah was given to Gekbar with a small Dowry.
Gekbar's home was further than her parents' to her Eghau's tent, but she still visited as often as she could to learn. When Shakgrah was 23, her grandparents were attacked and killed when an orc's wounds were far too serious for her to heal. The orc's family became angry and concluded they were too old and ended their lives.
Shakgrah was quickly elevated to the Shaman status, and she did well; Eghau was a great teacher. Her skills elevated her husband to an even higher place within the village.
Shakgrah gave birth to a young boy named Fhugin in 1659 b.S., and Gekbar was thrilled. However, Shakgrah was not; she knew that if she has no female child, then the Searing talent would be lost. Within 5 years, Shakgrah gave birth to three more male children: Shagoh, Bhugoh, and Wegshar.
In this same year, her father was killed on an assault on the Mynians, and her husband Gekbar is elevated to Warchief with little dispute. Shakgrah felt terrible that her father died on the Field; his wounds were easily curable had she been there. His body was returned to the village and his flesh was consumed by his family. At this point, Shakgrah appointed herself a War-Shaman; when a skirmish erupted, she would leave with the warriors and be capable of healing on the field.
With this decision, Shakgrah began training Gekbar's sister Yghar in all that could be taught about healing - minus the Searing skill. She was a quick learner, and in a Year, Shakgrah iwas able to leave the village in Yghar's care.
During the battles, Shakgrah stayed by her husband's side; as she does not know how to fight. Men came to her and she easily seared their wounds closed. As the War-Shaman earned battles under her belt, she became more ambitious; running to fallen men to set bones and heal wounds. Her husband demanded that if she was to do that, then she would need to learn some basic skills and wear armor.
A metal helm and shoulder guards were made for Shakgrah; an etching of fire emblazed on the metal to show her Searing skills. Men from afar could see the mark and approach her. Gekbar also began to teach her some offensive and defensive moves, and she handed her a shield.
Shakgrah did well in her new armor, and soon a sense of immortality overtook her. She ran in and out of battles, healing mostly and battling some. She dragged men to safety and healed them, then lead them back into battle. She became as strong as some of the younger orcs and she was seen as a gift to the villagers. The Losh-Ocs were taking more and more land as time went on. The Mynians began recognizing her in battle, they refered to her as the Fire-Healer.
And without warning one night, the sun set and did not rise in the morning. This continued for many days. The village was stunned; they moved little from their homes for a week. Soon, they become exicted, as the orcs realized that this would be the best time to attack and take land. Their eyes like the darkness, and quickly they suited up and began attacking a Mynian camp.
Shakgrah was afire; she is filled with power ansd skill as her tribe assaulted the Mynians. However, the Mynians were filled with fury as well, and the battle was tough and aweing. The orcs had no idea that these small humans could pack such strength into their blows and time and time again the orcs had to retreat.
One such battle in the Year of Darkness caught Shakgrah unaware. She was in such a flurry to tend to the fallen and smite the Mynians that she lost track of her tribe. When they retreated, she did not notice. The Mynians sprung on the chance to kill the armored Fire-healer, and Shakgrah had no chance. She was maimed by an entire batallion of Mynian warriors.
When the orcs returned home, they realized that Shakgrah was not among them. Several who had been healed by her departed to see where she was, and they never returned. Gekbar was saddened, but he did not allow it to be seen by his tribe. After a week's rest he commanded the orcish army to assault the Mynians yet again, and the battle was a victory. On the march home Gekbar found Shakgrah's flamed helm: He wept openly, a very unusal sight for an orc.
From that point on Gekbar fought in Shakgrah's memory; Once the Mynians were pushed from the lands and the orc tribe took residence in the Old Cities, Gekbar sought to make a monument for his dead wife. He returned to the battlefield, and where he believed she had fallen, he erected a massive bonfire. The flame could be seen for a far distance, and he threw her helm among the flames.
Importance. Shakgrah the Searer was the wife of a heroic Losh-Oc War-Chief. She is remembered by many as a martyr; using her skills to save others, and ultimately it is what killed her. The innate Searing skill is rarely seen among Losh-Oc any more; it is a rare trait that only female orcs have and is difficult to pass.
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