Aliases: Trunova; Demon Lord; Angel of Darkness
Age: physically appears to be 16 - 21, but is in actuality around 15,000 years old (he has no idea in part 1 of the book)
Skills: Swords master; knife master; archery master; poisoner; rapid healing; Demon's Bane
Home: Springs in Forest of Darkness (early parts of book 1); Atlantis Capitol building (later parts of Book 1)
Origin Story (Sort of):
The furthest back that Shadow could remember in the opening of the story was when he made a mysterious appearance when he appeared to be four years of age, twelve years before the opening of Chapter 1 of A Shadow in the Night. He was living in the Forest of Darkness on his own at that time and was already an innately skilled warrior.
One day, when he was on a return trip to his springs, Shadow was captured by a child soldier recruiter who happened to be walking down the road at the time. The organization that had captured him was long since banned by Rotrence, the king, since the revolution that brought him to power. Shadow was then shipped off to a swordsman school that had no idea what the purpose of the children that it was receiving was, but they accepted the children in any case.
Shadow was soon rising through the ranks of the sword school faster than any of the instructors could keep up with him. In an attempt to slow Shadow's advancement, they began to teach him two more styles of fighting that were far more intense than any child should have been able to advance in with ease. Shadow had managed to increase his rate of learning and it soon became evident that the maneuver had backfired on the instructors who were soon outmatched by Shadow's skill within a few months.
Rugone was the favorite student of the sword school and he was outraged that Shadow was getting so much special treatment from the leaders of the school and as a result the two grew to hate each other. Often they were found sparing in the middle of the night, which was against the school's rules, but they did not seem to care that it was. Their rivalry would continue for three years until a fateful match would occur one dry summer night.
As the two continued to train, they were searching the woods surrounding the school for a place where they could have their final match together and decide once and for all who was the strongest in combat. The time for the match finally came one year later when Shadow appeared to be eight years old.
A lightning storm was rolling across the skies while the lands around the school were in the middle of a drought. It was that night that Shadow and Rugone decided to have their final match. The two made their way out into a clearing in the heart of the woods. When the two reached the clearing, their match began as the lightning began to strike the earth around them.
The two clashed with their steel swords slashing at each other to no avail, the two were evenly matched at that point and were able to read each other so fluidly and react appropriately. When Shadow found an opening in Rugone's defenses, he charged, just as a bolt of lightning struck the earth between them. there was a spray of dirt and soot that blocked each of them from their opponent's view. Shadow ran to the south, back towards the forest that he had once called home while Rugone ran to the north, towards the school, in fear that Shadow had died in the lightning strike and it was his fault that he had died.
As Shadow made his way down the road to the springs in the Forest of Darkness, he passed Kokoro and also ran into an old friend, the same recruiter that had taken him to the sword school in the first place. Shadow still had his sword on him from the battle with Rugone, and he challenged the man to a duel. Shadow won his first duel at the age of eight and gained his first longsword which he would later break when he saved Princess Amelia eight years later.
Shadow had found an ancient map in his cave upon his return to the springs that had the location of a hidden basin called the Dragon's Den in the Dragon's Fang mountain Chain to the south. In the time that he had been traveling, Shadow had been making maps himself, and he decided to check out the mysterious basin that he had never heard of before. It would turn out that his choice would shape his life from then on out, as well as the lives of everyone that he had come across.
Within three weeks of finding the map, Shadow was halfway up the mountain side that had a cave that was supposed to have an entrance into the basin. He had seen some strange figures flying overhead during the day that if he hadn't known any better, he would have called them dragons. He would soon learn to trust his instincts on that issue.
Shadow entered the cave into the mountain that was almost completely hidden by a mountain of snow. He made his way through the cave and came across a series of nests that had eggs in them that were as large as he was. The sight of the eggs was more a pleasing thought than a frightening though as he made his way eventually through to the basin. Upon entering the basin, Shadow was greeted with a not-so-warm welcome from a clan of winged creatures.
Three massive dragons landed around Shadow and growled menacingly at him as he gazed in awe upon his enraged welcoming committee. He placed all his weapons on the ground to the amazement of the dragons, who began to speak in the language of Huron. The dragons revealed that they were linguists and could speak almost any language fluently by instinct alone. Shadow was ordered to gather his weapons once more and follow the three dragons to the cave where the elders were located.
Shadow was greeted surprisingly warmly by the elder dragons who seemed to have fond memories of human children from the days before the war between humans and dragons. Shadow was offered a chance to be initiated into the clan of dragons, as was a custom in the ancient times that had long been forgotten by many dragons of a much younger age. Shadow accepted the invitation and was told what he needed to find for his trials. There was a rare herb that was used to awaken dormant organs in humans and an ancient steel that was supposedly fossilized dragon bones also had to be found.
Shadow left the cave where the dragons were and made his way down to the shore of the pure spring at the center of the basin. Along the shore there were millions of tiny red pebbles that were in fact Dragon Steel, purified by the earth. Shadow pulled out a large sack and filled it with over thirty pounds of the steel before wrapping the bag up and pulling off his cloak. He waded into the water as though driven by instinct, and began swimming out into the lake.
When he reached the center of the lake, he dove down to the bottom of it. Shadow was able to hold his breath for long periods of time and that came in handy since the herbs only grew at the bottom of the lake. Shadow managed to cut enough of the herbs to make the potion before he surfaced. The dragons were amazed at how long Shadow was under, and they instantly flew him, his cloak, the herbs, and his bag of steel to the elders.
When the potion was made for Shadow, he was warned that if he is sure he wants to be initiated, he was to drink the potion, but it may be fatal for him to consume. Shadow drinks the potion in any rate since he seemed to know that if he held any hatred in his heart, the potion would be fatal, and as of that moment, there was none in his heart. The potion took effect, and the organs awoke within his body.
The organs that awoke were healing nodes that could travel around his body and repair injuries, or be used to heal another person if he learned to use them properly. He also gained the clan's ability to speak in tongues that he had come across in his life time to the amazement of the dragons who had no idea that a human would gain that ability as well. A crystal pendant was given to him by one of the elder dragons that was shaped like a crystal tear drop.
A week later, Shadow was back in the springs and proud of his accomplishment of being able to call himself a dragon by honor. For the next four years, Shadow traveled the nation of Huron, making his map of the nation and learning new skills from the opponents that he had defeated. He had gained skills of archery, poison making, and weapons crafting. Shadow made repeatedly visited the dragon clan he had become a part of and he even got a set of dragon horns that he later turned into his signature bow.
When he appeared to be age 12, Shadow was hunting in the Forest of Darkness when he came across Amelia and an unconscious man. They were being attacked by a massive bear that was clearly hungry. On instinct alone, Shadow got between Amelia and the bear, killing the creature in a short fight and winning Amelia's heart, which he had no interest in at all. He calmly walked to his springs, followed by Amelia, and for four years, Amelia would follow Shadow to the springs until her sixteenth birthday. The four years between those two events were largely uneventful and mostly had little to do with Shadow.