Grasping shadows is an illusion spell learned by newly trained wizard, particularly those that hope to specialize as illusionists. With grasping shadows a wizard is able to summon forth magical darkness that reaches out ensnares nearby foes. These shadows effect an area of roughly five feet in diameter, within fifty feet of the wizard. Creatures caught in the shadowy burst suffer great pain and are slowed down for a brief while. The spell lasts only a short time but can be recast at the wizard's command after a short rest, necessary to regain the concentration required for the spell's casting.