The Shades have been residents of Shadevel for who knows how long, but certainly since the city was rediscovered. They appear like solid shadows in a roughly humanoid shape and can blend in with natural shadows at will. They are known to be able to move from within shadows to different points in the city.
The Shades follow whoever is currently bound to the Shadelord Stone. They will follow the directives he gives them, and can communicate in yes or no questions by nodding or shaking their heads. They also are adept at making shadows appear in different shapes on walls.
The Shades are not known to eat or drink, and their numbers do not seem to change but it is difficult to be sure. Their touch chills the body and drains energy, and bodies are often found that display these effects.