One of ten. Shali is frightening to those who only know her title, or who meet her in the street. One of the Sorien mages, Shali is distant, faded, and tends to come off as cold and uncaring. Her very specialized magic is to hold life and death in balance, to maintain the delicate tracery of birth and rebirth. She can return a soul to its vessel or extract it again with equal ease, but she is not cruel or capricious. Rather, she keeps the elves from overpopulating their forest homes, granting permission for couples to create new life only if the land can sustain it.