Shien appear more closely related to Humans than any other race in the known world. These savages of the deep desert resemble the later in many ways, although they are slightly larger and lack any hair whatsoever. However, their greatest deviation is in their mastery of elemental affinities. Only a few of these savage tribal raiders are born without these talents. These unfortunates are often cast out of the tribe at an early age to fend for themselves. Those lucky enough to survive and return are welcomed back with praise and rewards for their great skill.
Although the Shien remained independent, this was mostly due to a lack of interest in their homelands by the Dominion. Their deep desert home is devoid of almost any resource (at least, as far as the other races know), and even less hospitable to life than the rest of The Great Desert.