Shama Heartless was a Northman chieftain and the father of Beck. He was one of the ten men that Logen Ninefingers duelled in the circle as Bethod's champion. Logen brought an axe to the duel while Shama brought a long sword. Logen won the spin of the shield, and chose the sword. Logen defeated Shama, brutally splitting him from shoulder to guts with his own sword. Only thirty men were there to watch the duel, including Crummock looking on with admiration and Dogman staring in horror. Bethod just laughed and cheered him on, although he later claimed he'd wanted to negotiate with Shama but Logen insisted on the duel.