Shades were once sorcerrors who thought they could control the wild spirits that roam Alagaesia. However; these spirits became angry at these sorcerors who dared tried to confine thier freedom. When the sorceror lost control of them, the angry spirits possessed the body, wanting revenge, and the horror known as a Shade arises. Now a living symbol of destruction, Shades have powerful magic abalities. They are also extremely hard to kill. The only way to kill a Shade is to pierce its heart, but between the massive magic skills and the undying anger of the spirits inside the Shade, that is a very hard task indeed.