A Legacy in Shadow
Shadar-kai in the Forgotten Realms
By Robert J. Schwalb
The shadar-kai are new to the Forgotten Realms. They are a people shaped by the unpredictable mingling of the Spellplague and the dark magic mastered by the shades. Created by this union—humans newly returned from exile in Shadow transformed— the shadar-kai’s bodies and minds have altered until they have become a race apart. Many do remain in the Empire of Netheril, but since they awoke in the world, they have spread beyond its bounds to found new homes amid the wreckage of fallen civilizations.
The Shadovar name this thing that has been done to me a gift—a blessing from the Dark Lady—but I have known no reward that carries such a price. Am I unworthy? Have I not risen to the power Shar has invested in me? Since I came into this grief, I have known nothing but numbness, as if I was trapped in a prison of meaninglessness and isolation. Each new day brings with it a struggle to stir into life—a battle in which I must fight to not surrender my very essence to the cancerous shadow blossoming inside my breast.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb is an award-winning game designer who has contributed design to or developed over one hundred roleplaying game titles for Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, A Song of Ice and Fire RPG, Star Wars RPG, and the d20 system. Some of his more recent work for Wizards of the Coast can be found in Player’s Handbook 3, Martial Power 2, and Draconomicon 2: Metallic Dragons. In addition, he’s a regular contributor to both Dragon and Dungeon magazines. Robert lives, works, and will probably die in Tennessee. For a window into Robert’s head, be sure to check out www.robertjschwalb.com.