In dialogue, she claims that the other two wives look at her with envy, because she is the chief's favorite, and that only she knows how to please Burguk. Although she has no children, she is confident that she will give birth to the one that will become the future chief, believing that Nagrub and Umurn, the other two sons of the chief, are too weak to rule.
Shel: "My chief, Gharol threatens to have me work in the mines. You won't allow my pretty hands to dirty, will you?"
Burguk: "No, my wife. You have been given other gifts to please your chief than mine work. I will talk to Gharol and all will be well."
Shel: "Oh, thank you my chief!"
- "I am Burguk's favored wife. He knows my beauty should be praised."
- "Arob and Gharol eye me with envy. They don't know how to please their chief."
- "Umurn and Nagrub will be held up as weak next to the son I will one day bear for my chief."
- Shel is one of a select number of characters who wear tavern clothes.