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The Shadow...Swollen

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With the evil in the hearts of men…

The Shadow grows

Appearance
An inky mass, or a roiling cloud of soupy darkness that on occassion emits a tenebrous tentacle to grope about things, strike people or the like. Its voice is a soft whisper, an itching at the back of the spine, and the sound of pale stone crumbling in the dark.

History/Background
The Swollen Shadow is a cthonian entity, it has always existed, though the greatest bulk of its existance has been locaked beyond the borders of the world in the shapeless regions of the nether realms. Yet there came a ray of fire and the shadow was summoned from its cold bier and drawn into the mortal world. There it found itself faced with an opportunity. If it would expend some of its power and shield a mortal place from the rays of the harsh sun, they would be grateful. Rather than slip back into the silent monotony of the nether, the Shadow agreed.

It extended its veil across the city of Chiaroscuro and battened itself upon ley lines and places of magic within its new demense. But the Shadow had made a false promise, and planned to strike and destroy the city, but failed to do so. Now it is trapped between a summoning pact, and a queen’s sorcerous vengeance. It desires to be rid of the City of Shadows, and to that end it has begun plans to bring would be heroes and adventurers to the city to destroy the native Sihls, and to break the stone that holds it.

Special Equipment
The Shadow is an incorporeal creature, though it is served by a vast array of servants. The lieutenants in its forces are the Haints, mortals of skill who have been taken by the shadow. Beneath them are mundane shadows, forms and figures made of tenebrous stuff that are the rank and file. A pack of shadow-beasts should be a decent match for a basic party. Unlike the magic item heavy PCs, the Shadow’s greatest resource is its almost endless existance, cunning, and ability to flee a situation.

Roleplaying Notes
The Swollen Shadow is ancient, and every bit as wicked as every vampire lord, mummy, or midnight monster Hollywood ever cranked out. It is also patient and cunning, willing to let others do the work for it. While the Haints and Shadow-beasts hack and kill one another, the Swollen Shadow sits securely in its broken hall, watching and maneuvering its pawns in its game of power and freedom.



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Comments ( 3 )
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CaptainPenguin
July 18, 2006, 13:03
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That's it?
This blurb is all we get to describe the great and terrible Swollen Shadow?
Dozus
July 18, 2006, 18:33
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Gotta second CP on that. I'll wait to vote until he gets some more detail.
Voted MoonHunter
July 19, 2006, 15:00
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Interesting concept, done reasonably well. In agreement with the others, this is not as "cool" as one would expect given all the build up.

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       By: MoonHunter

It seemed like a great place to camp. The clearing was good sized and sheltered from the wind. The brook just a few feet away. There is a natural hallow to keep the horses.

Then the night came.

It was like it became a different place. The temperature dropped. The wind, which does not seem to disturb cloth, almost cuts through you like an arctic wind. No one can sleep, as the soft ground has turned hard. The horses are uneasy. The Bats are flying over and stopping in the trees.

And then there is the eyes. There are glowing eyes just inside the tree line watching your group. The mages and clerics can detect nothing, but there is still something there.

(yet there is nothing at all... The Darkness will do nothing unless the players do something to it. And even then it will all seem to be a conincidence.)

Of course, in the morning, it all becomes sweet and light.

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