So after coming back from being gone a good while I wanted to re-up on my shaman knowledge before finishing off some tasks. Spent a good deal of time in Dendara communing with the animal spirits. I really like that whole aspect of the Shamans, I think it is a great way to learn more about the guild and its ideals, I wish more things were interactive learning like that instead of "read this book" "read this paper", it makes the game a lot more fun IMO.
Now, while I do enjoy the animal spirits, I really think it needs some re-working. If I am getting the gist of it properly (and forgive me if I am not) it is supposed to teach new shamans about the guild. Each animal seems to describe something that deals with nature and/or the protection of it. For instance, the spider talks about proper hunting. The cougar talks about the control of ones emotions, the raven talks about looking to the future to prevent harm. Then you have the wyvern, bear, and serpent which talk about...well...nothing of any real significance.
The bear talks about tranquility, which even though that kind of fits in with the cougars teaching, it could work on its own if the bear actually talked about why, and taught something about tranquility. As it stands he just says he encompasses tranquility amidst the chaos of the Rhythm and the rest is his ritual of branding the Shaman, no real meat and potatoes there to teach a new shaman anything.
The Wyvern talks about fury, which in all honesty kind of contradicts the other spirit animals. Where they are talking about keeping yourself in check whether emotionally or even when stalking your prey, the Wyvern is like "Rawr, I am furious, rage kill rawr!" so it kind of goes against the general theme of the spirit animals, at least to me. The serpent is just the same thing, a quick blurb on what it stands for with no elaboration and most of it just being the marking ritual.
I;'d really like to hear from other shamans on what you think about the whole spirit animal thing, and I think it would be really awesome to revisit a few of them and kind of add more about them and what they are to give a full experience to the oath taking.