The shivarra, or shivan, are a 6-armed female mystical demonic species living in Outland, averaging at roughly twenty to thirty feet tall. Currently, not much is known about these dangerous demons except the small excerpt of information stored on the Exodar Holographic Emitter in the Exodar.
Devout and exceedingly charismatic, these priestesses live only to evangelize the power of Sargeras' dread vision. They are the driving heart of the Burning Crusade and thought to be three times as fanatical as the other demons.
- The shivarra are inspired, in both form and name, by a number of Hindu deities, the Devas. Devas tend to have multiple arms, and unlike the shivarra, are almost always good-aligned. The name "shivarra" is likely taken from Shiva the Destroyer, one of the three most powerful Hindu gods. The personality and specific appearance of the shivarra was probably inspired by Durga and Kali, forms of Shiva's consort, Devi.
- It appears that the name changed prior to release from "shivan" to "shivarra," presumably to avoid the direct Hinduistic reference, though shivan still appears in-game. Currently, "shivan" appears more than "shivarra".
- As with harpies and sayaad, no information exists (in World of Warcraft) on males of the species.
- Giselda the Crone (known on the alternate Draenor as Giselda the Beautiful), a female orc warlock, transforms into a shivarra, though in the alternate universe this happens against her will.
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Shivan appears to be another term used for these demons living in Outland called the shivarra race. Known examples of "shivan" is Shivan Strifebringer in Suramar and used to be Shivan Assassins and Vigilant Shivan until the name was changed at an unknown point.
"Shivan" could be the adjective form of "shivarra." Another notion is that the shivan are a species of the shivarra. It is more likely that they just have alternate names.