Alternate Character Interpretation: Deliberately invoked. Whether Shardik is God or just a giant bear is up to the reader, but either way he only seems to hurt the bad guys.
Bears Are Bad News: Shardik, despite being God and all, is not a tame bear. Whenever he inevitably ends up destroying massive amounts of property and mauling people it's interpreted as God's judgment by the Ortelgans.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Bel-ka-Trazet is horribly disfigured by a number of scars. He had received them from a bear mauling before the start of the book.
God In Bear Form: In the main religion depicted in Shardik, the giant bear is known as the Hand of God, aka his physical power and avatar, and is only one aspect of what the Ortelgans believe to be God.
Karmic Death: Several at the hands of Shardik, but most prominently Genshed.
Legacy Character: The chief priestess of Shardik's cult, the Tuginda, is something of this, as no one outside the cult knows who she used to be, how the successor is chosen, or even if the woman visiting this year is the same Tuginda as last year.