|An ancient magic that's unstable and difficult to control...|
There is another kind of magic in the Spiral, in addition to the seven primary schools and the three Astral schools – it is an underlying, reality-defining and bending magic known as Shadow Magic. Shadow Magic can only be trained by spending Training Points, and cannot be learned as a Primary School of focus.
Shadow Magic is an ancient form of magic, so powerful and so dangerous that Bartleby and Grandmother Raven told Merle Ambrose not to delve into it, and especially not teach it to his students. Shadow magic was forbidden for it touches the true essence of the Spiral. Although traces of it have escaped into the dark regions of the Spiral, it was largely unknown. Until Morganthe unlocked its secrets in the abyssal depths of Khrysalis...
Morganthe “opened the Pandora’s box” of Shadow Magic when she became the Queen of the Shadow Web. After her victory in Azteca she rebuilt the Celestial Choir and has expanded her knowledge of Shadow Magic. In her attempt to become the center of all magic in the Spiral, she has inadvertently allowed everyone of sufficient knowledge to learn Shadow Magic.
It is unstable and difficult to control. Players will need to learn how to best manage Shadow Magic and harness its very powerful benefits, without losing themselves in the process to Backlash.