Some time in the distant past I did a write-up of The Shadow as a Feng Shui character, which was then posted up on Jason Langlois' Feng Shui page. Since then, I've found out a little more about The Shadow, and had time to rethink my adaptation of the character.
My first version was way too powerful, while my second version was too slavishly devoted to fitting within the starting archetype framework. Hopefully, this version, which falls somewhere between the two ends, will be the best translation of the character.
Then again, who knows . . . 

No... I  won't say it. 

A rare, One Gun Blazing moment..."Who 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

Gun Schticks:
Both Guns Blazing x 3,  Hair Trigger Neck Hairs

Sorcery Schticks:

Unique Schtick:
+5 Intimidation against unnamed characters

Wealth Level: Rich

Weapons: Twin .45 Long Slide Automatics (11/2/7 +1)

 again, tell me THIS isn't Feng Shui 

"The weed of crime bears bitter fruit." 

Such was the ominous message of the Shadow, a  masked avenger who battled notorious criminals, enemy agents, and evil masterminds throughout the 30's, 40's, and 50's. A mysterious and sinister figure, the Shadow struck fear into the hearts of evildoers everywhere with his chilling laugh and his seemingly supernatural powers. The Shadow had the ability to slip in and out of the darkness, making himself virtually invisible. He was also known for his ability to "cloud men's minds," by having them look into his girasol ring. By this method, he could force the weak-willed to reveal information and follow his commands, and he could change their memories or perceptions as well. The Shadow was also a brilliant detective and a master of disguise. 
..did you *really* think you'd get away with it, Tony? 
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. Didn't Cranston seem to own a *lot* of women's clothing in the movie?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. 
Spot the Cranston.. or is it Allard?


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. 

ssssssssss LIGHT.. BAD!   <grumble> light...

The difference between an Intrusion roll and an Intimidation roll... 

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
Maxwell Grant's  The Shadow and more! 
(a great site.. check it out!)

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