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I’m sorry, Abeke. I’m sorry for everything.

–Shane to Abeke, The Burning Tide


Shane, or The Devourer, was a 13-14 year-old boy and the main antagonist of the first arc. In the Fall of the Beasts arc, he lead The Redcloaks under the name King. In The Burning Tide, he died to save Abeke from a possessed Uraza.

Appearance[]

Shane is a pale, handsome boy with a slight build.[1] In Blood Ties, he is described as lean and “stronger, blonder, and whiter than them”, supposedly Conor. He has blond hair,[2] blue eyes, but when Grahv died his eyes turned yellow and reptilian. He had an intense gaze (as described by Abeke)[3] and he is tall for his age. He is one year older than the Heroes of Erdas at the beginning of the series. He also has broad shoulders, and Grahv's tattoo covers his chest, though in the Book of Shane, Vengeance it is revealed the tattoo has become a waxy scar. He also uses a thin steel saber.

As King, Shane wears a smooth, faceless, white mask, a crimson red cloak also described as dark red, and has reptile scale-like armor on his arms that changes color from green to gold in evening sunlight. In The Return, it was revealed that his eyes became yellow and crocodile-like. He still uses his saber, but is also described to use a spear and physical force (drop-kicking Suka).

In Immortal Guardians he is described as wearing a "stiff crimson cloak" and a low hood. He is also shown as wearing his signature plain white mask, described by Rollan as "a curious mask-a single white plate, like one huge scale of a reptile." He is also wearing a leather glove, likely the same one as he is shown with on the cover of The Burning Tide.

In Broken Ground, he is described with a vivid red/crimson cloak that has a pale underside and a black long-sleeve shirt. His mask is described as a smooth plane of white wood with slits. He is seen sharpening knives.

Overview[]

Shane was born on the island continent of Stetriol, and is the only son and heir of the continent’s king, King Irwyn. He grew up in Stetriol's harsh conditions and society (he described himself in the Book of Shane, Venom, as 'the poorest prince in the world') and watched as his family was plagued by the bonding sickness, which gave him a reluctance of summoning a spirit animal in fear of falling ill. He does, however, gain a bond to a spirit animal with persuasion from Zerif; a saltwater crocodile named Grahv, forcefully bonded using the Bile. He is mostly close to his family members, especially his sister Drina and his mother. He was tutored by the Conquerors' seer, Yumaris, and was apparently trained for combat by his uncle General Gar.

Shane's goal was to help Stetriol and its people. Using this goal, Kovo and Gerathon were able to manipulate him into gathering an army (The Conquerors) and waging war with the Greencloaks. For most of the first series, Shane's true identity as The Devourer/Reptile King was hidden, and his uncle Gar posed as him instead. Shane thought that he was helping his people by commanding the Conquerors, but in reality, it was only allowing Kovo to pursue his goal of taking over Erdas. Because of the destruction he had spread throughout Erdas, Shane gained many enemies and lost many loved ones, including his remaining family members and Abeke, his closest friend. With the eventual defeat of the Conquerors at the end of the first series, Shane still continues to pursue his goal of helping Stetriol. He does regret some of the things he has done in the past and accepts whatever judgement he receives.

In the second series, Shane gathers a group of allies (The Redcloaks), which he leads against Zerif and The Wyrm.

He has notable parallels to King Feliandor, his ancestor and the first Devourer; they both wanted to make Stetriol great, and they both summoned a saltwater crocodile via the Bile. Though Feliandor would have naturally summoned a spirit animal without forcing the bond, anyways. Unlike Feliandor, however, Shane does not bow to Kovo in the end. Shane was made to be a mysterious character on purpose, and Nick Eliopulos (author of The Book of Shane) described him as being "on the fence" between good and bad, helping and causing headaches for the Greencloaks. He is very clever, dutiful, and can be a bit cynical and sarcastic, as shown by his thoughts.

Worthy describes Shane as a good leader, and thinks that Shane had been in love with Abeke, even if he did not admit it to himself.


In the Books[]

Wild Born[]

Shane is introduced as Abeke's trainer and General Gar's nephew. In a training session, he tests Abeke's skill by staging a fake invasion. Abeke, who thought the invasion was real, defeats a hired Conqueror with hardly any effort. Shane tells her to stop attacking and that it was staged. He is impressed by her fighting skills, but apologizes when Abeke tells him to never do something like that again.

Later, Abeke hides from Shane in a tree as he calls for her. When he admits that he gave up on finding her, she climbs down from her tree. Shane tells her that a very special visitor was here, his uncle Gar, (he does not tell her Gar is the Devourer.) When they arrive, Abeke is introduced to Gar and Gar explains the Conquerors' motives to her. Shane helps explain as well, and even begins to tear up as he talks about Stetriol. Abeke agrees to help them find Arax's talisman.

At the battle with Arax in Amaya, Shane appears again and duels Meilin. He overwhelms her easily, and tells her that she should give up. But when the Conquerors begin to lose and Abeke switches sides to The Greencloaks, Shane retreats alongside Zerif.

Blood Ties[]

Shane spots Abeke in battle and waves to her without saying anything. He blocks a blow from a Conqueror soldier during a battle in Zhong, saving Abeke's life. They say each other’s names and then Shane nods and leaves. Conor spots the way Abeke and Shane look at each other, asking Abeke who Shane was.

Fire and Ice[]

Shane is spotted by the Greencloaks at Pia's house in Samis. When Shane and Abeke embrace, it is a clear representative of the indecisive nature that Abeke constantly tries to disguise. Later Rollan hears Tarik and Shane yelling in Pia's house.

Against the Tide[]

Shane is seen at the end of the book with an army of Conquerors. He tells the Conquerors to be gentle when shackling Abeke.

Rise and Fall[]

Shane is first seen coming down to check on Abeke and Meilin, who have been taken prisoner. He apologizes for their conditions, then takes them to the above deck of the ship they're riding. He mocks Drina, then tries to keep Zerif from shoving Meilin and Abeke into the sea. He shouts to them that the shore isn't far. Later, he brings them to a Conqueror meeting with his uncle Gar and Gerathon, revealing he has been told to kill Meilin and Abeke if they refuse to follow his orders.

Once out of their cell, he is horrified to watch his sister be killed by her spirit animal, a spider called Iskos. He mouths to Abeke, counting down to their escape, then knocks out the Conqueror seer, Yumaris. He leads them to an archway and helps them defeat the guards stationed there. He tells them to grab the biggest boxes they can, then leads Abeke to his family ship to escape; leaving Meilin behind, as she is afraid that Gerathon will use her influence over her to undermine the Greencloaks' plans. Once on the ship he confesses his anxiety about going to Greenhaven to Abeke, who assures him that she will make them listen to him.

Once in Greenhaven, he appears surrendering as the Greencloaks surround him, but grows extremely nervous once Rollan corners Shane about his spirit animal. With trembling hands, he finally gives in and shows them his tattoo, which is a giant saltwater crocodile, revealing him to be the true Devourer. He turns to Abeke, his expression unreadable, then summons his spirit animal and rampages through Greenhaven towards Tarik's casket, then steals most of the talismans, but is almost killed in the process. He is only saved by Halawir's arrival, where they snatch up most of the Greencloak's talismans (excluding the Coral Octopus and the Granite Ram) and they escape. He is only mentioned afterwards and doesn't appear again.

The Evertree[]

Shane reveals to Meilin that he is the Devourer, causing her to attack him. Afterwards, Shane leads the Conquerors into battle against the Greencloak forces. After briefly fighting Abeke, he turns his attention to Meilin, realizing that she is able to resist the Bile, and threatens both her and Gerathon. Then Gerathon turns her control on him and force him to flee. Shane is later seen at Muttering Rock, where he learns that Kovo has been using him once he asks for the Staff of Cycles. When he realizes both Gerathon and Kovo have been manipulating him, he accuses Gerathon off killing Drina "for nothing." He tries to attack her, but she turns her control on him again and forces him to attack the 4 Fallen Summoners instead. After Kovo uses the Staff to damage their bonds, Shane is nowhere to be found until Abeke stands up. She sees him lying on the ground and forces him to get up. She has a duel with him, hitting him with Zerif's sword while speaking about how heartbroken she was that he had betrayed her trust. He attempts to explain his reasons, but gives up and tells her to "just do it." She hits him with the sword. When Tellun arrives, Shane joins the team with his hands tied behind his back, however, within hours he flees, and Abeke tells the others to allow him to do so.

The Book of Shane[]

Venom[]

Shane meets Zerif, the Bile is made, and the war is just about to begin. Talks mainly about when he was younger and had not became the Devourer yet.

Shane turns 13 in this book, and he happily says that he is free from his family's curse, because no one has called a spirit animal after the age of 13. He builds a ship out of his childhood playhouse and a tapestry of Mulop from the castle. He wants to sail away with Drina, but when Zerif says he knows the cure to the bonding sickness, he starts working with him. After he decides he wants to stay in Stetriol and become the Devourer, plotting with Zerif to kill his father so he can inherit the throne, he burns the ship. As it burns, he finds a giant saltwater crocodile hunting a kangaroo. He then finds out that his father has died, and realizes that he wants a spirit animal, and knows which one. He finds the saltwater crocodile that he encountered and forces a bond with it, via the Bile.

Vendetta[]

Shane has taken the talismans from the Greencloaks and tries to survive in the Niloan jungle with a boy named Achi. He is being hunted down by Lishay. He forces Lishay to let him go by threatening to harm Achi, but he does not. Shane instead takes him to a Conqueror camp to reunite with his father, but Achi remains bitterly angry at Shane for being on the Conquerors’ side.

Vengeance[]

Shane seeks revenge on his former mentor Yumaris who he blames for killing his sister. He soon learns that there are Conquerors in Amaya and goes into Sadre to see the Wyrm with Yumaris.

Venture[]

Shane is captured by a former Conqueror named Maddox.

Immortal Guardians[]

Shane appears out of early morning fog as King and fights with Zerif. He fails to save Tellun from becoming infected, but manages to save Abeke, Rollan, and Anda. He throws a spear temporarily disables Tellun, then runs toward Suka and dropkicks her, knocking her out. This distracts Zerif long enough for Abeke to shoot Zerif in the side, but this does nothing, as Zerif hardly reacts to it. She then shoots Rumfuss and Gerathon, leaving Arax to attack her. King saves her from Arax's horns by grabbing them and driving them into the ground. Abeke tries to kill him, but realizes that Anda needs immediate medical attention and lets him escape. Rollan thanks King for his help and asks him for his name. King doesn't respond, pointing to Anda showing Rollan to take care of him instead. King turns and chases after Zerif.

Broken Ground[]

Shane is seen a few times as King, and is never referred to as Shane. He is first mentioned by the Redcloaks in Stetriol, but is not actually present in the scene. Then he is mentioned by Abeke as incredibly strong. She notes that he seemed even stronger than Meilin, Zerif, or any of the people of Okaihee. He is next in the chapter Call to the King. He is preparing for the trip to Stetriol after the battle against Zerif in Immortal Guardians.

The Return[]

At the very end, Abeke and Rollan are rescued by the Redcloaks. The only Redcloak with a plain mask volunteers to escort Cabaro and Kirat to their boat. Abeke refuses, saying that she and Rollan would do so, and asks the Redcloak to return Tasha and Ninani to the boat instead. The Redcloak appeared to be wanting to argue, but he doesn't. Once on the boat, Abeke asks for the Redcloak's name. The only name (at first) that she is given is King. Then, King turns around, but comes back, slowly taking off his mask. He revealed himself as Shane. Abeke is mad at him, thinking it was him that caused the Wyrm infection, and she swings her fist, but luckily, Rollan caught her before she could punch Shane in the face. Shane looks down at the ground, stating that the time he was the Devourer was a "long time ago".

The Burning Tide[]

Shane leads Abeke, Rollan, Tasha and Kirat to the Place of Desolation, which is also the Redcloak base. He introduced them to some of the Redcloaks, stating that they were all transforming into their spirit animals, because of Gerathon's Bile. Shane then introduced then to Niri, who summoned Mulop. He tells Niri to converse with Kovo, but then is interrupted by the notice that Zerif has found them. He quickly makes a plan, telling Abeke, Rollan, Tasha, Kirat and others whom have lost their spirit animals to go underground and hide with Niri. He promises it would work, and promises himself he would win Abeke's forgiveness, no matter how long it took.

But Abeke does not obey the plan, and later helps Shane's archers by shooting possessed Greencloaks. A cannonball lands close to the tower the archers were firing on, and Shane jumps on top of Abeke to protect her from a fallen boulder. After, as Abeke is called underground for a message from Niri, Shane was thought to be following her.

Abeke sees Uraza, whom was still possessed by the Wyrm, and the leopard attacks her. Shane, who was wearing his mask and cloak, knocked Uraza to the side of the cavern wall. Uraza bit Shane on the side, Abeke shot Uraza, who was then summoned into passive state by Zerif. He tells Abeke:

"I... saw Uraza running toward the tunnel and I was afraid she might... hurt you." He then coughs out blood, the continued, "I... I'm sorry, Abeke. I'm sorry for everything."

He dies, Abeke mourning him after. All he wanted was her forgiveness. He now has her forgiveness but it costed his life.

Relationships[]

Trivia[]

  • Shane fears spiders (revealed by his feelings towards Iskos).
  • In the game, there is a quest where you find Shane's signature sabre.
  • Shane's favorite color is green.[4]
  • There is a discrepancy in how Shane lost his spirit animal. Gerathon the Serpent's death caused spirit animals bonded through Bile to be unable to exit passive state, which resulted in the Redcloaks merging with their animal partners. Shane merged with Grahv, although the crocodile was not in passive state when Gerathon died. Tellun the Elk also freed Shane from the effects of the Bile, which leaves the origin of Shane's Redcloak qualities a mystery.
  • As shown on the cover of The Burning Tide, Shane is right-handed. This is not confirmed in the writing.
  • Shane thinks the Amber Leopard is the most beautiful talisman because it seems to glow with it’s own light.
  • In a private message on Twitter, Nick Eliopulos revealed he would have liked Shane to end up in a romantic relationship with Abeke.
  • Shane is an Irish name meaning ‘God is gracious’.
  • Admin WORTHY wildcat’s claw tried putting on a belt similar to how Shane is depicted wearing on on the cover of The Burning Tide. He reported it made his waist and torso look bigger.

Google Translated *disclaimer: all of these were put through Google translate, and are not accurate to real life.[]

  • Shane in Chinese ( 善惡) means ‘good and evil’.
  • Shane in Gujarati ( શાને) means ‘why’.
  • Shane in Kannada ( ಶನೇ) means ‘Saturday’.
  • Shane in Latin strangely translates to ‘Lucius’ but only when properly capitalized.
  • Shane in Latvian translates to “Šeins.”
  • Shane in Lithuanian translates to “Šanas.”
  • Shane in Nyanja peculiarly translates to “Pezani Shane,” which when translated back to English means ‘find Shane.”
  • Shane in Odia translates to “ସଚିନ |” which when translated back into English says, “Tendulkar.”
  • Shane in Pashto and Persian translates to “شین” which when translated back to English means “green.”
  • Shane in Shona translates to “Shane kuenderana nemamwe mazita” which when translated back to English means, “Shane to match other names.”
  • Shane in Sindhi translates to “شين” which when translated back to English means “products.”
  • Shane in Southern Sotho translates to “Shane moelelo oa lebitso” which when translated back to English means, “Shane the meaning of the name.”
  • Shane in Thai translates to “เชน” because of the pronunciation. When translated back to English, it means ‘Jainism.”
  • Shane in Uzbek translates to “Sheyn.”
  • Shane in Xhosa translates to “Shane intsingiselo yegama” which when translated back to English means, “specify the meaning of the word.”
  • Shane in Yiddish translates to “שיין” because of the pronunciation. Translated back into English, it means “beautiful.”

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Wild Born, page 61
  2. Blood Ties, page 172
  3. Broken Ground, page 99
  4. The Book of Shane, page 32

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Spirit Animals Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Tarik - Shane - Zerif - General Gar - Olvan - Lenori - Great Beasts - The Greencloaks - The Conquerors
Fall of the Beasts (Books 1-4) Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Zerif - Olvan - Lenori - Takoda - Xanthe - Tasha - Kirat - Great Beasts - The Wyrm - The Redcloaks
Fall of the Beasts (Books 5-8) Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Anka - Worthy - Princess Song - The Oathbound
Special Editions The Book of Shane: Shane - Zerif - General Gar - Drina - Anya - Yumaris - Karmo - Tahlia - Maddox
Tales of the Great Beasts: King Feliandor - Katalin - Yin - Tembo - Tepin
Tales of the Fallen Beasts: Devin Trunswick - Raisha - Cordalles - Anuqi - Great Beasts
The Spirit Animals Game Keeper of Greenhaven - Olvan - Lenori - Mustela - Keith - Worthy - Maddox - Great Beasts - The Greencloaks - The Conquerors
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