Shiro'ken are spirits of departed mortals that have been summoned back to the mortal world and bound in a physical shell to the service of their master. Shiro'ken is the Canthan name for bound spirits that serve Shiro Tagachi's will.
The resulting creature, however, does not posses skills and powers depending on the bound spirit itself but the same skills per profession (i.e. the bound spirit of any past elementalist will have the skill set of a Shiro'ken Elementalist). All bound spirits have the skill Song of the Mists.
With the exception of warriors and assassins - which look like vaguely humanoid suits of armor with several blades in place of limbs - normal, non-boss Shiro'ken bear a strong resemblance to specific creatures. Despite their appearance, Shiro'ken are fleshy creatures.
Shiro'ken and the creatures they resemble.
- Shiro'ken Warrior
- Shiro'ken Ranger (resembles a Tengu)
- Shiro'ken Monk (resembles a Kirin)
- Shiro'ken Necromancer (resembles a Blood Drinker or Mantis)
- Shiro'ken Elementalist (resembles a Saltspray Dragon)
- Shiro'ken Mesmer (resembles a Phoenix)
- Shiro'ken Assassin
- Shiro'ken Ritualist (resembles a Naga)
- For a list of all Shiro'ken, including Bosses, see Category:Shiro'ken.
- Shiro'ken in the Factions campaign drop Forbidden Keys regardless of region. Shiro'ken in the Nightfall campaign do not appear to drop any keys.
- Some of the early concept art for Shiro'ken depicts them as metal humanoid marionettes hanging from chains.
- The name "Shiro'ken" means, when translated from modern Japanese, "The Swords of Shiro."