Shadows were a type of incorporeal undead that resembled nothing more than their namesake. These wraith-like creatures existed to slay living beings, which they hated and desired to feed upon. When a shadow touched a living creature, it sapped the being's strength. Any living creature slain by a shadow rose as a shadow soon afterwards.
Shadows often traveled in groups; hiding from the sun in the depths of the world or within buried ruins and crypts. Shadows could be found anywhere, and appeared as patches of mobile gloom with a more or less humanoid shape. Shadows were always chaotic evil.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.