Being a beginner's guide to the world of Shadow and its inhabitants.
Shadow is a story, told in weekly episodes, concerning a young man named Ellis Graves who stumbles from our world into the city-world of Shadow. It updates every Sunday, usually between 3pm and 10pm GMT.
The World of Shadow
The eponymous city is what it technically referred to as an 'ecumenopolis'; that is, a city which covers an entire planet, although in Shadow, it is not gleaming skyscrapers and flying hover cars that greet us - so familiar to fans of the world-city concept - but houses built in the Tudor manner, or grand castles, or pyramids, or palaces that wouldn't look out of place in ancient Persia, or temples to shame the Aztecs, or...
Shadow is a many and varied place and it may be that the similarity to so many parts of earth might mean something, or perhaps it's just a co-incidence.
Shadow is inhabited by two main races of people: those who we would identify as humans and the Lithoderm race, or Stoneskins as they are more colloquially known. These groups have been at war with each other for as long as history has been recorded, each trying to rid the city of the other, once and for all.
The stoneskins are a lizard-like, humanoid race with mineral scales which look and feel very much like rough slate. Their eyes are also very notable, in that they appear as burning orbs of varying colours, hovering just above their eye sockets. There are many species of Lithoderm, including the huge, clumsy Grinders with their rusty axehead teeth (Lithodermus Ferrodens). Other Species include the crafty Spiketails (Lithodermus Pyrops), flying Slatewings and Shamans.
Hypostatick Philosophy is the study and manipulation of hypostatick energy, what we might refer to as the soul of a person, or as spirit. In Shadow it is a hard science, but there are forms of it that resemble magic as well and there may be many other ways of manipulating these powerful energies than we have seen so far.