“The most vital element of Astra is your heart. You must let your heart flow through your technique! (Ugh, how am I spouting such drivel…?)”
—Shannam "teaching" Mareeta the Astra skill
He accidentally "teaches" Mareeta the Astra skill, despite his "advice" being generic and made up on the spot, and he was surprised when she learned the skill. He is friends with Homer and can be recruited by him, although Homer notes he sounds nothing like Shannan.
Sword - C
Shannam is a very strange unit as he's a Swordmaster with 0 PCC, relatively low weapon rank and very bad combat bases. His 50% strength and speed growth may seem impressive, but they are not nearly enough to offset his horrible bases, late join time, and poor bulk.
His main contribution is being the only unit in Thracia with the Bargain skill, allowing him to buy things at half price. Unfortunately, there aren't that many shops selling useful items left in the game, and the player has likely amassed enough gold at this point to make his contributions unnecessary.
Shannam - The Phony Prince (ホラふき剣)
Instead of working for the New Kingdom of Thracia, Shannam returned to his hometown in Isaach. He then quit being a mercenary and lived a normal life.
“Leif... Forgive me...”
—Shannam's death quote in Thracia 776.
“Hmph... That was too easy.”
—Shannam's escape quote
Although it may be coincidental, the name Shannam sounds somewhat like the word 'sham', a word often used to denote a fraudulent action or used to described someone who is a bad impersonator, fitting his actions and character.
- A Shannan imposter also appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War during Chapter 9. If Hermina or Jeanne enters the village, he attempts to flirt with her, but she sees through his impersonation, causing him to give her his Shield Ring, which he was trying to pass off as the Balmung. It is unknown whether or not Shannam was intended to be this person.
- Quite uncharacteristically for his class, Shannam has the worst Skill growth rate in the entire game, falling even below that of Marty.
- Shannam's impersonation of Shannan is very likely a reference to Samuel from Mystery of the Emblem, who impersonated Navarre, another master swordsman with long hair.