|Then again, who knows . . .
No... I won't say it.
knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
. . . The Shadow Knows!"
Bod 6, Chi 2, Mnd 8 (Will 10), Ref 7
Deceit 17, Detective 17, Driving 10, Guns 13, Intrusion 18, Intimidation 15, Info/Underworld 13, Info/Science 10, Martial Arts 10, Pilot Aircraft ( Driving) 15, Sorcery 9
Both Guns Blazing x 3, Hair Trigger Neck Hairs
+5 Intimidation against unnamed characters
Wealth Level: Rich
Weapons: Twin .45 Long Slide Automatics
He was aided in his mission by a network of agents he created himself. These included Harry Vincent, Moe Shrevnitz, Burbank, and Margo Lane. These agents served as the tools of the Shadow, gathering information and performing tasks that allowed the Shadow to operate behind the scenes behind a cloud of mystery. The Shadow was known for dealing with his enemies by using their weaknesses against them, luring them into situations where they would destroy themselves. Despite this, the Shadow did not shy from confrontations, and when necessary, he dispensed justice with a pair of .45 automatics.
|The true identity of the Shadow is a mystery
which varies with the storyteller. Some
believe that the Shadow was millionaire playboy Lamont Cranston. However,
others hold that Cranston was but another one of the Shadow's false faces,
borrowed when the real millionaire was out of the country. Supposedly,
the Shadow was actually Kent Allard, a WWI flying ace who spent several
years behind enemy lines, and then after the war in the jungles of South
America, honing his powers of deduction and infiltration. There are also
darker rumours about the Shadow, stories that say he is hideously scarred,
that he has no face. Supposedly, no one has ever seen the true face of
the Shadow and lived to tell about it.
With so many versions of the character, it becomes tough to accurately
convert the Shadow into Feng Shui terms. In the original pulp stories,
the Shadow had mysterious, but not magical powers. He had an uncanny ability
to blend into the darkness, but could not actually turn invisible. Later
versions imbued the Shadow with supernatural powers, and confused his identity
between Lamont Cranston and Kent Allard (which was Gibson's version). Because
this is Feng Shui, I've gone with the more supernatural approach, giving
him the schtick Influence which neatly covers all of his mystical abilities.
His high piloting skill takes into account his true identity as Kent Allard.
Obviously, this version of the Shadow is not a starting archetype. Despite
the notion that Feng Shui characters are equivalent to movie heroes, the
Shadow is a cut above your average hero. He's been around long enough to
achieve an almost mythical status, and so deserves to be treated as such.
Of course, you'll have to decide which version of the character you prefer.
The Shadow began when pulp publishers Street and Smith decided to sponsor
a weekly radio program to boost sales of their Detective Story magazine.
The program featured an announcer known as "The Shadow" who read stories
from the magazine in a haunting, raspy voice. Soon, customers began asking
for "that Shadow magazine," and so Street and Smith approached author William
Gibson about writing the first issue of The Shadow. The magazine was a
hit, and soon Gibson, under the pseudonym Maxwell Grant was churning out
two complete pulp novels a month, eventually writing over 200 stories in
total. It was Gibson who was largely responsible for defining the character
of the Shadow, who became the most popular pulp character in history. Meanwhile,
the radio program continued as well, with the Shadow moving from narrator
to actual character. Since then, the Shadow has appeared in serials, comic
books, novels and movies, with each retelling adding to the myth.
|Adapted by David Eber|
Some Excellent Shadow Sites:
|Its looking like the excellent Shadow's Sanctum is down for awhile...|
|TWO Complete SHADOW novels , new every month
just like back in the '30's and '40's, (complete with original art
and some advertising) yours to download thanks to the folks at
The Shadows PDF File Site
(a great site.. check it out!)