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Made article from Lore:Sword-singers#The Ansei (similar to Lore:Thu'um being separate from Lore:Greybeards) as there will be more lore on Shehai in upcoming releases, will still have to fix it up
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[[File:ON-item-Shehai Sword.jpg|thumb|right|A Shehai Sword]]
A '''Shehai''' or "Spirit Sword" is an ability used by the Ansei to manifest a sword from their very soul.{{Ref|name=RTHTH|{{Cite Book|Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes}}}} By sheer force of will, an Ansei warrior could create this ethereal sword of pure thought and it would take shape in their hand.{{ref|name=EJ|[[Online:Elenaire's Journal|Elenaire's Journal]]}} This form of the Way became known as "Shehai Shen She Ru" or Way of the Spirit Sword,{{Ref|name=DTS|{{Cite Book|Divad the Singer}}}} and all sword-singers trained to learn this form through intense training and meditation in the Way of the Sword, but not every swordsman was successful in becoming an Ansei.{{ref|name=RTHTH}}{{Ref|name=FTMS|{{Cite Book|From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki}}}} Those who could were said to be more than mortal. They possessed intense devotion to the gods of war, immense piety, and a focus and skill far beyond what others could ever achieve.{{ref|name=COTFC6|{{Cite Book|Chronicles of the Five Companions 6}}}}{{ref|name=EGTHammerfell|{{Cite Book|EGT|Hammerfell}}}} Conversely, there have been certain gifted individuals who could form a Shehai from a very young age or with little or no training.{{Ref|name=FTMS}} Other times, a Shehai may be formed in times of great stress.{{Ref|name=DTS}}{{Ref|name=FTMS}}
To become an Ansei, a sword-singer had to demonstrate an ability to form the Shehai.{{Ref|name=FTMS}} These Shehai were typically described as pale, misty, insubstantial, and as if it was made of light. Sometimes its shape wouldn't even be particularly sword-like, and would be of no use as an actual weapon.{{Ref|name=RTHTH}}{{Ref|name=NFRH|{{Cite Book|Notes For Redguard History}}}}{{Ref|name=FTMS}}
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Ansei of the second-rank and above were known to have the ability to not only form the Shehai, but wield it as a weapon in battle.{{Ref|name=FTMS}} Their Shehai shined brighter and was much deadlier. Described as an "unstoppable weapon of great might" that could cut down foes like "a scythe through wheat", disarming such an Ansei could only be done by severing their head or taking their mind. These swordsmen often began their own training schools, teaching their individual way of the sword.{{ref|name=EGTHammerfell}}{{Ref|name=RTHTH}}{{Ref|name=FTMS}} There was some evidence, however, that suggested the Shehai of an Ansei could be shattered, leaving behind only its essence.{{ref|name=ContShehai|[[Online:Contraband B|Box of Shehai Essence]] contraband item in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
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Ansei wishing to earn the elite title of first-rank were required to give up their most treasured weapons and war materiel before undertaking a grueling initiation ritual. If they succeeded, they would no longer need conventional weapons.{{ref|name=EJ}} Ansei of the first-rank are said to have been notoriously powerful, with the Shehai of a first-rank Ansei reportedly having been what caused Yokuda to sink.{{ref|name=ONWarrior|[[Online:The Warrior (Celestial)|The Warrior]]'s dialogue during [[ON:Assaulting the Citadel|Assaulting the Citadel]] in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
Ansei of the highest virtue wandered the countryside engaging in battle, righting wrongs, and seeking to end the strife.{{Ref|name=RTHTH}} To them, manifesting the Shehai was said to have come as naturally as breathing.{{ref|name=TDOA|{{Cite Book|The Duchess of Anguish}}}} When [[Lore:The Warrior|The Warrior]] constellation temporarily took a [[Lore:Celestial|mortal form]] in the mid-[[Lore:Second Era|Second Era]], he wielded an extremely powerful Shehai that was capable of producing shockwaves and magical storms.{{ref|name=ONAssault|[[Online:Assaulting the Citadel|Assaulting the Citadel]] quest in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}{{ref|name=ONMoves|[[Online:The Warrior (Celestial)|The Warrior]]'s named attacks}}<noinclude>
After conquering Hammerfell, the Yokudans found themselves in a time of relative peace. Many warriors put down their swords in order to build their new nation. Within three lifetimes, many abandoned the Book of Circles and forgot the teachings of the Way of the Sword.{{ref|name=TTTTOH|{{Cite Book|The True-Told Tale of Hallin}}}}{{ref|name=ONNan|[[Online:Nandanath Thrice-Noble|Nandanath Thrice-Noble]]'s dialogue in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} Ansei warriors were even rarer, and although many training halls were established throughout Hammerfell, very few produced masters of the Shehai.{{Ref|name=FTMS}}
When Hammerfell came under attack from a race of giant [[Lore:Goblin|Goblin]]s from a rent in space time,{{ref|name=NFRH}} the Queen of [[Lore:Ojwambu|Ojwambu]] pleaded with [[Lore:Derik Hallin|Derik Hallin]], the "Last of the Ansei". According to legend, Hallin called forth the spirits of long-dead Ansei to aid him in his defense of the city. Numerous Ansei warriors appeared and fought alongside Hallin until they were victorious.{{ref|name=TTTTOH}} Other accounts state that Hallin scoured the land to find the five mighty swords that ended a similar goblin threat during the time of [[Lore:Divad Hunding|Divad Hunding]]. Although their use was forbidden, Hallin and his companions wielded the blades and hurled the swords together into the void, defeated the goblin army by sealing them in the void between their world and [[Lore:Mundus|Mundus]]. As a result, their Shehai was forever destroyed. Whatever the case, Hallin saved the people and restored the teachings of Frandar Hunding to Hammerfell.{{ref|name=NFRH}}{{ref|name=STDH|{{Cite Book|Shrine to Derik Hallin}}}}{{ref|name=ONDH|[[Online:Derik Hallin|Derik Hallin]]'s dialogue in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
{{Quote Box|''"We chose the blades and destroyed the beasts. But as a result, the Shehai—our spirit swords—were forever destroyed. Centuries of wondrous tradition was snuffed out. I must bear that weight always."''|''[[Lore:Derik Hallin|Derik Hallin]]''}}
Although the Redguards still honored the teaching of the Way of the Sword and were fearsome warriors in their own right, the number of sword-singers gradually dwindled as time passed. By the mid-Second Era, there were no known Ansei warriors, with native Redguard swordsmen believing the existence of Shehai to be absurd{{ref|name=HirelingAbnab|[[Online:Hireling (Enchanting)/Correspondence|Correspondence]] with [[Online:Abnab|Abnab al-Babnab]]}} and some foreign scholars dismissed the Shehai as "superstitious nonsense".{{ref|name=EGTHammerfell}} Training schools, such as Rahni'Za, were still respected and prestigious institutions among Redguards, but for unexplained reasons the Ansei simply died out.{{ref|name=LFWS|{{Cite Book|Letter found within the School of Rahni'Za}}}} The Abbey of Blades held true to the teachings of renowned singers including Divad Hunding, [[Lore:Ra Abah|Ra Abah]], Ansei Kalam, and Satameh, and some students even sought to restore the ancient art, but were ultimately unsuccessful.{{ref|name=COTFC6}}{{ref|name=TDOA}}{{ref|name=ContManual|[[Online:Contraband S#Sword-Singer_Manual|Sword-Singer Manual]] contraband item in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} Even veteran swordsmen of the time, such as Master {{Future Link|Ahram Sesnit}} and [[Lore:Sai Sahan|Sai Sahan]], were seen as a far cry from the Ansei of old.{{ref|name=TTPOLB|{{Cite Book|This Text Property of Leki's Blade}}}}
By the [[Lore:Third Era|Third]] and [[Lore:Fourth Era|Fourth Era]]s, Ansei were practically a myth. Although there were some who followed the old ways within the ancient Halls of Virtues of War, very few Redguards had ever seen a Shehai, let alone called forth one.{{ref|name=NFRH}} Some aspects of the martial tradition survived through the eras however, as Redguards remained among the most formidable and naturally talented warriors in Tamriel.{{ref|name=MW|[[Morrowind:Redguard|Morrowind racial description]]}}{{ref|name=TGW|{{Cite Book|The Great War (book)}}}}
ON-misc-Shehai Storm.jpg|The Celestial Warrior uses his Shehai to cast a powerful spell
File:ON-quest-Past in Ruins.jpg|Navid the Singer's cursed sword, sometimes believed to be a rare Shehai Sword that persisted after death
ON-npc-Warlord Tzogvin Shehai.jpg|A Riekling warlord with a {{Lore Link|Shehai}} sword (ESO)
ON-icon-stolen-Essence Box.png|Box of Shehai Essence, covered in Yokudan runes
* {{Book Link|Children of the Sky}}
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