After defeating the Warlock Lord, Shea had married a woman named Heady and fathered a son, Wil Ohmsford. Growing up, Wil did not know much about his father because Shea had died young. The consensus was that Shea had died a sad old drunk, crazy and lost.
As Heady lay dying, she gave to Wil the Elfstones that had once belonged to his deceased father, and told him that they contained magic. In her final breaths, she insisted that Shea was a good man, not the crazy person people thought him to be, and that Wil should "seek out the Druid."
When Wil meets the Druid Allanon, Allanon reveals to Wil that he is a descendant of the royal House of Shannara through his father, and he tasks Wil with protecting the Elven Princess Amberle Elessedil. Allanon reveals that Shea was not a sad drunk, but a legendary hero who saved the Four Lands from evil.
Changes Made for the TV AdaptationEdit
- In The Shannara Chronicles, Wil is half-Elf, which would make Shea a full-blooded Elf; in The Elfstones of Shannara, Shea is Wil's grandfather and only half-Elf. The thin nature of Wil's Elven blood is a major plot point in Elfstones, as it affects his ability to use the Elfstones.
- In the TV series, Shea is dead and remembered by most people, including his brother Flick, as a crazed drunk who died early and in obscurity away from his family. In Elfstones, Wil's grandfather Shea is still alive fifty years after defeating the Warlock Lord and enjoying a quiet old age in Shady Vale.
- In the TV series, Shea passed the Elfstones to his wife, who then passes them to Wil. In Elfstones Wil received them directly from his grandfather Shea.
Shea is half-Elf, the adopted son of the Ohmsfords. His father was an Elf and his mother was human, a distant cousin of the Ohmsfords who left him with them in the village of Shady Vale before she died. He was born in a small Westland community, but has few memories of it.
When the Druid Allanon comes to Shady Vale for Shea, he reveals that Shea is the last surviving descendant of Jerle Shannara, the Elven King who defeated the Warlock Lord centuries ago. As such, Shea is the only one alive who can wield the Sword of Shannara, the magical talisman that can destroy the Warlock Lord forever.
Even though Shea is much smaller than his brother and the rest of the party traveling to the Druids' Keep at Paranor, he has the most courage of them all, as he is the only one left who can wield the great Sword. He is joined on his quest by his friend the Highlander Menion Leah, the Dwarf Tracker Hendel, the Borderman Balinor Buckhannah, and the Elven princes Durin and Dayel Elessedil. Later, when he is separated from his party, he is helped by the thief Panamon Creel and the Troll Keltset.
Shea is described in The Sword of Shannara as having tousled blond hair and penetrating blue eyes.