Undead creatures that resemble Elvaan, the shadows
increase their numbers by kidnapping young children from the Kingdom of San d'Oria
. The shadows force the children to imbibe dark potions and train them in the arts of war, until the children themselves turn to shadows. When the transformation is complete, shadows lose all sense of their former selves.
Novalmauge, an Elvaan man who now lurks the Bostaunieux Oubliette, was kidnapped and forced into training to become a shadow. However, Novalmauge managed to escape, and now dedicates himself to hunting down his former companions and releasing them from damnation with his scythe. That is his penance for being the sole survivor. When defeated, shadows know rest, and Novalmauge asks that adventurers say a prayer for them as they release shadows: "May your next life be bathed in blessed light."