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Shadow canopy was an evocation spell of darkness used by the Shadovar to protect excavation sites.[1]


The spell created a flat dome of shadowstuff 25 feet (eight meters) above the ground and with a radius of at least 325 feet (99 meters), depending on the power of the caster.[1] From a distance, a shadow canopy appears like a purple-black dome, but upon closer observation, it becomes clear that the walls of the dome are not solid. They have a glossy appearance, almost like a semisolid oil.[3]

It was impossible to see through the dome with natural vision, and even a creature using the magic of blacklight could not see through it.[1] Within the dome, everything was covered in shadow[1] as if in perpetual night without stars.[4] This allowed creatures such as shades or vampires to exist quite happily, even if it was broad daylight outside of the dome.[1]

It took at least six seconds to cast this spell, and the effect lasted at least eleven hours.[1]

The dome could be centered above the ground anywhere within a couple hundred feet (60 meters) of the caster but could not be cast higher than the ground to create a sphere, nor could the center of its effect be placed upon a moving object.[1]

A shadow canopy spell could dispel any light spell of lesser or equal power. Light spells of equal power could not dispel a shadow canopy effect; only a more powerful light spell could.[1]


The spell required verbal and somatic components and the dried eyeball of any diurnal creature and a handful of coal dust, both of which were consumed in the casting.[1]

Notable UsersEdit

Every Shadovar expedition included an arcanist powerful enough to cast this spell.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 188. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  2. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  3. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  4. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 78. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.

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