So we got to close it, once and for all.
In a couple of conversations with Shen, a possibility is seen that he might be a Xiansai the god of thieves.
And he just always dodges the clear answer.
Covetous Shen: You are looking at me in a very strange manner.
Player: The spirits are confused. This is not something that happens. Some think you a god; others, a man. Which are you?
Covetous Shen: Ah, philosophy! Can a man not be both? Can I not live well, and give generously, and live a perfectly holy life?
Player: I do not know. Can you?
Covetous Shen: Oh, definitely not. It's tremendously boring. I'd rather eat too much and sleep late.
So what is Shen? God or Man?