::Gender - Female
::Age - 26
::Race - Human/shapeshifter
::Social Class - Commoner
::Occupation - Swordspell, sellsword
::Alignment - Chaotic Good
::Nationality - Other (not from Elenlond)
- Kendra Sumner nee Rhian [mother, deceased]
- Linden Sumner [father, deceased]
- Briar Sumner [brother, assumed dead but unknown]
Shadow stands at barely 5'2" and has rich chocolate-brown hair that extends just past her shoulders. Her physique is toned, and she sports hips that would be appropriate for child-rearing and breasts that are proportionate to her hourglass figure. Despite this, Shadow is lithe in stature and nimble in her movements. Her eyes are green, and there is a certain intensity to her stare.
She favours short-sleeved tunics with a more feminine cut around the collarbone, and her pants are more akin to capris, ending just below her knee. She wears a belt at her waist, followed by two more that are hitched to it; they wrap around her hips to connect at the back. Around her right thigh there are two more belts. She chooses brown leather boots as her footwear. The toes are covered in steel and more steel extends over the bridge of her foot and around the heel.
Shadow is a woman of many emotions; she can be cynicism, her arrogance, her impishness, and especially the warmth she shows towards those she trusts. Those who know her well would say that she wears her heart on her sleeve and is not afraid to divulge how shes feeling, while those who dont know her would tell you that she comes off as aloof. She is quite adept at assessing situations and acting upon her intuition, sometimes against her better judgement.
She does not express her innermost thoughts unless it is to someone she has a very strong and bond. She generally keeps to herself and doesnt say much; she can, however, be passionate, and it is not unknown for her to be swept away by her own emotions, positive or negative. Anger, especially, tends to have this effect. She doesnt cry often. There are no secrets when it comes to how she feels about particular individuals.
The first five years of Shadows life are of little importance to her narrativeshe lived with her parents and her brother in a small home in a secluded glade away from civilization. When she did visit the surrounding towns and villages, it was always with her father.
It became apparent months after her birth that she was a shapeshifter like her dad. Although most children born as shapeshifters were shifting in the womb and were often born human but shapeshifting immediately out of the womb, this was not the case for Shadowlikely due to her mothers human blood.
Kaleth, obsessed with his vendetta against Shadows mother, Kendra, discovered her location. He ordered the family home to be burned to the ground, killing her mother, father, and Briar. Kendra managed to push Shadow out the door before the roof collapsed. Shadow fled to the bushes along the outskirts of the glade and watched her home burn to the ground. She used the glow of ashes from the smouldering house to find the path through the forest that she used to take with her father. She spent the night on the street in the nearby town wide awake. The following morning, a local blacksmith, Idrius, found her huddled in the shadow of the building, catatonic. He picked her up and brought her into his shop.
It took several days before she would talk to him. He asked her her name and she said she couldnt remember; he asked where her family was and she said they were dead. He took to calling her “Shadow because he had found her in the shadows of his smithy.
Shadow spent seven years with the blacksmith. During this time, an affinity for elemental-based magic awoke in her. She experimented frequently with it, especially fire-based magic. In light of this discovery, Idrius taught her how to wield a sword and how to dual-wield daggers for her safety and protection. He taught her about Kaleth and his tyrannical rule, of how he sought to annihilate those who were gifted with magic, as her mother was. He used her fire magic in his forge but would not permit her to use it in public.
Eventually, around the age of 12, word reached the village that the crusaders would be doing a sweep of the village for elemental magic users; all residents were expected to report to the village square the following morning. Shadow panicked and took a set of daggers and a short sword from her mentor and fled from Idriuss home without a word to him, putting as much distance between her and the village as she could on foot. The crusaders found her on their way to the village and, after a display of her magic in an attempt to protect herself, she was captured and brought back to Kaleths castle.
Kaleth tortured her, as he did with all of his imprisoned. Like the loss of her family, she repressed many of the memories associated with this period of her life. One of the few acts she remembers quite clearly, however, was Kaleths water torture. She was dragged to a cold stone room with a large basin of water and little else. Kaleth would grab her by the hair and plunge her head into the freezing water; she struggled until he pulled her head back. He gave her enough time to gulp a few breaths of air down before he plunged her head in again. There were several times where she blacked out and he was forced to stop.
Never wanting to feel so helpless again, Shadow resolved to become completely proficient in water-based magic instead of fire. It was the same affinity her mother had, though she had no idea. In her mid-teens, Shadow managed to escape Kaleths fortress with the help of one of his guards. She managed to steal one of the horses, a black and white Friesian mare that she later named Kerani.
Shadow gave herself to the water completely and fully, an act of deference to her element that would seal her affinity and later grant her the control she possesses now. Standing knee-high in the ocean along a shoreline, she held her arms outstretched and allowed the waves to crash into her body, dragging her under, but trusting that it would not kill her. She allowed the waves to beat on her body until she passed out; when she awoke, she was on the shore.
She realized the futility in trying to stay in the place of her birth. Instead, Shadow took to wandering, eventually winding up in Mianor. She took the Trial of Water in the hopes of becoming the Goddess of Water, but another was chosen. Shadow became a priestess to the Goddess until the Goddess disappeared without a word. Shadow was chosen by the Hippocampus to take her predecessors place.
Early in her term as goddess, in her mid-teens, Shadow met Alex Prowers and married him. He eventually became the God of Light. It wasnt too long after their marriage that the plague swept through Mianor and claimed it. Together with the other Mianorite deities, Shadow and Alex rounded up those still alive and tried to salvage what they could before embarking on the Great Migration to Elenlond.
Shadow claimed the southwest area of Soare, along the coast, for the Water Kingdom. Her relationship with Alex began to deteriorate due in part to the distance between their kingdoms and the stresses of rebuilding their world while at the same time integrating with the indigenous population. Ultimately, however, the demise of their relationship was due almost entirely to Shadows inability to commit.
She ruled until 35 BR, now in her early 20s (a la the time distortion). She decided to, after watching the Mianoritesherself includeddestroy all that was native to Elenlond. She threw the ring that housed the spirit of the Hippocampus into the Sedokai Ocean. At the time she had no idea, but the rest of the Mianorite gods were beginning to fall and, looking back now, Shadow is almost certain that had the deities not fallen, Elenlond would have imploded much like Mianor had.
In 4 AR, a messenger located Shadow and told her that Alex had left her for his world, marking the official end of their marriage. In distress, she turned to comfort from Drium, a demon for whom she had fallen. They shared a passionate encounter at Ikiois Oasis in the Takar Desert.
In that same year, Andromalius rose to power. She met him before he embarked on the Dark Conquest, and he sang to her, a moment she remembers vividly. It pained her to do so, knowing that there was a gentle soul inside him, but she opposed his conquest alongside Razarod Evermore, then-king of Angkar.
In 5 AR, Shadow and Drium split apart. He gave in to his demonic heritage and disappeared; the last time she saw him, it was in the Erthnetora Forest while he devoured an innocent. Dejected and desolateand refusing to acknowledge that their relationship had been rocky and fraught with tension despite its more tender momentsshe returned to her wanderings. The intense sadness did not last long, as she had spent more than a century learning how to process her grief. Eventually she found herself in Morrim, where she stayed for a time. There she met Altair, with whom she shared an immediate connection.
- Shadow, by Red
Awesome piece of giftart by Red, better known as Andromalius.
- Shadow vs. Andromalius
The envisioned final battle between Shadow and Andromalius, also drawn by Red.
- Shadow and Altair kissing
A lovely little sketch by Dnan. <3
- The Iron Fist Admin Award
- Most Realistic Summer '09
- Overall Best Female Character Summer '09
- Overall Best Female Character, Winter '10
- Overall Best Female Character Summer '10
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