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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?

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closed as not constructive by LessPop_MoreFizz, OrigamiRobot, Raven Dreamer May 23 '12 at 22:38

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The answer is kept deliberately ambiguous. We can't conclusively answer a question like this. –  LessPop_MoreFizz May 23 '12 at 22:28
The only answer I can come up with is he is a sweeper, so mind rule #1 when dealing with him. –  z ' May 23 '12 at 22:29
I think this question should be reworded and reopened. Something to the effect of "Does the player ever learn definitively if Shen is a God or a Man"? As written I agree it is speculative, but I also think many out there want to know that at least as @LessPop_MoreFizz put it, it is "deliberately ambiguous". Although, he's clearly lived a very long time.... –  EBongo May 28 '12 at 5:28

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