Description[edit | edit source]
Storyline[edit | edit source]
Dominaria[edit | edit source]
Certain regions of Dominaria are inhabited by Frozen Shades, which are often enslaved by powerfull sorcerrers. Some were used as protectors of Caliphear the Nightmare’s lands in the Great Salt Marshes of Western Golthonor. These Shades were defeated by goblins and Shanodin Dryads after the swamps became barren due to the wizard Coldraith’s magic. Another Frozen Shade was summoned by Aldon using the Dark Amulet, along with a vampire and bog wraith. The shade needed to feed on flesh or would dissipate, so joined with Dreygar in convincing Aldon to attack Dreygar's Castle. When Dreygar was killed, the bog wraith remained as an advisor to Aldon. Frozen Shades were also used by the planeswalker Marduk Blackwater in his battle in the Hurloon Mountains against Adam Carthalion.
Dread shades, known as remnants, served Belzenlok's Cabal. They could change size; not only capable of becoming extremely large, also able to shrink down small enough to crawl inside a corpse and animate it. They were gray figures, naked to the waist, their bodies like a muscular, desiccated corpse. Their chest have been ripped open collar to waist, revealing an empty cavity that glowes with spectral light, below a pointed face with a wide fanged jaw.
Innistrad[edit | edit source]
Ixalan[edit | edit source]
Some Condemners of the Legion of Dusk are Shade-Binders. They capture and magically bind Shades, using blessed braziers that exude inky black smoke. These Revenants are used to guard ships and are sometimes bound in weapons.
Ravnica[edit | edit source]
Ulgrotha[edit | edit source]
Zendikar[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Cinder Shade has red in its casting cost.
- Shade of Trokair from Planar Chaos is the only white Shade and does have a white form of this ability.
- Shade's Breath is an instant that turns creatures into Shades.
- Shade's Form is an enchantment that gives creatures Shade-abilities. The art shows a person in the process of changing into a shade.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (July 07, 2017.) "May I please get some trivia on my favorite creature type, Shade", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Martha Wells. (March 22, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria: Episode 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Flash Fiction: Conqueror’s Galleon / Conqueror’s Foothold
- Magic Arcana. (April 16, 2002.) “Sketches: Shade's Form”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.