Creatures of the Black Blood

Shades are a unique species of shape shifting demon created by Vahit Marangoz.

Basic Information


Shades are demonic creatures that appear as shadowy silhouettes made from a viscous black substance known as Black Blood. Their natural forms are made consistently of this fluid, which allows them to shape shift and change density at will.   They come in two forms. Grunts are very basic shades who all share very identical looking features in their demon forms. They are often lanky with large hands and digitrigrade legs with sharp claws and teeth, and a long tail. Grunts often have different kinds of horns as a means to identify them. Their big, bright red eyes is all that cuts from their dark forms.   The second form is an Elite Shade, a stronger shade that acquires a unique form after absorbing enough Soul energy.

Biological Traits

Shades are the result of fusing Blood Demons with the dark magic produced by the Voidstone gem. Each demon has a voidstone heart that produces black blood from absorbing darkness. This blood allows the shade to have a physical form, a large mass of black blood that encases the heart.   Shades can control and shape shift their blood at will, and in a variety of ways. The blood can be moved, molded, change consistency/hardness, or in some cases recolored. Shades have a wide diversity of abilities and creative uses of their blood, giving every demon a unique fighting style. Some can turn their blood into weapons, others can shape shift into other people, some can temporarily split into two beings, etc.  

Human Form

  Every shade has a human form. It is nearly identical to the appearance they had shortly before becoming a shade. The main differences is they will have bright red eyes that glow in the dark, and a a mouth full of sharp teeth. When blood is drawn it will also be black instead of red.  
Since this form is bound to the soul's memory of the body, this will often be the 'natural' form most shades take. They can't permanently change much about this form. While they can change different clothes or hair styles, changing their physical body in anyway only works as a temporary change. This form also has most human organs as well, though these are fake and only exist for optional bodily functions such as eating.   Despite having no nervous system, shades can still feel pain, for example, if you were to stab one, or if they were forced to shape shift unwillingly.
Injuries don't kill them. If a shade loses a limb in their human form, it can quickly grow back, but usually in it's demonic state. (For example, cutting off a demons arm would cause it to grow back with a black monster arm. This would eventually heal and turn back to normal). If they sustain enough damage, the may end up 'evaporating' away, leaving behind their demon heart. If left alone in the dark, the heart will eventually reform their body from scratch. The only way to stop this is to keep it in the light, or break it.   Minor injuries will only cause the shade to bleed similar to a human, but with black blood.  


  Shades powerful eyes can see in the dark, but are sensitive to bright lights, which can be painful for them. They have a strong sense for magic energy and can sense other shades near by.  


  While shades are very strong, some crucial weakness can be easily exploited in order to defeat them.


  Like most dark magic, light magic is a very powerful tool to use against them. Usually one good charge of light magic is enough to evaporate them. But they also are weak to other forms of light as well. Something like sunlight will burn up their blood faster than the heart can produce more. While not immediately burning in the sun, like say a vampire, being in the sun for them is like slowly bleeding out through an open wound.   At max, a shade can spend maybe 5 hours in direct sunlight. The demon will start out uncomfortable and tired, and slowly start to feel weaker and more anemic as the hours go on. At about 4 hours is when most shades need a break and will have issues walking or standing. At this point their body will start to break down and visibly fall apart. Their body will eventually completely break down, leaving only their heart, which will need to be brought somewhere dark to recharge. While light doesn't kill them, is an effective means of incapacitating them.


Since shades are essentially made of water, mixing them with water doesn't often work out to well. They are pretty water soluble and more often than not, if a shade is fully submerged in water, they will diffuse into the water. (Think how blood moves if you start bleeding while in the water).   One explanation for this is that when underwater, the shade loses sense of what is and is not a part of their body. While most demons can handle water deep enough that their feet can still touch the ground, like an anchoring point. But shades can't swim.

Extensive Injury

  While a shade can be shot in the head, or stabbed in the gut and still walk it off, it's still possible to chop away at them until there's nothing left. Demons that sustain severe demage to their bodies, such as being blown up, having their head cut off, sliced in half, chopped up into little bits, crushed, etc. will end up evaporating.   Aiming for the heart is another way to 'poof' them, as shades are very protective of their heart (being it's their only means of dying) the shock of being hit in that region along may be enough to knock them out, this only works if you catch them be surprise though.

Their Heart

  Their heart is their major weak point. If anything happens to it, such as it being broken, they will die, forever. This can be accomplished by evaporating their bodies, and then smashing the heart while it's vulnerable and unprotected. While effective, this is considered cruel, as since demons are already undead, dying again just means their soul is destroyed and they stop existing.   Minor damage to the stones, such as cracks or chips, while not fatal, can cause the heart to be less effective at doing it's job. This can range from the demon having a weaker, squishier body, to the demon just devolving into a blobby mess that can no longer hold a solid form on it's own.


A heart reforming.
Shades are created when a voidstone is fused with a blood demon. This causes the stone to leak black ooze whenever in the presence of the recently deceased or close to death. Vahit will usually enchant these stones himself and seek out souls to have them bind to.   The heart is embedded into the body of a mortal, where black blood will flood their body and consume them from the inside out, warping their bodies into a new shape and digesting their old flesh. The process is known to be exceptionally painful, even those experiencing brain death will be awakened momentarily from it, though regardless the shade will likely pass out shortly after.   When the shade wakes up, they will be in their new demonic from, and will need to heal before they can access their human appearance again.

Growth Rate & Stages

Shades are undead, meaning they do not age past the point which they died at. They are effectively immortal.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Shades do not need to eat. They can eat. If they are in their human form, this form will come with fake organs that will process the food like normal, but the act of eating itself is only useful to blend in with society.   In their demon form, anything the eat will just kinda float around on their gooey body until it's removed.

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When their leader, Vahit was alive, he would often study dark magic for fun. One thing he studied was necromancy and specifically another way to use it in low mana conditions such as New Earth. He would come across a species of demon, the memory eating Blood Demons who were able to possess bodies and survive on the surface.   After a lot of research and attempts, Vahit had managed to fuse a blood demon to a Voidstone. At first it didn't do anything, but Vahit realized that when a creature dies around it the stone would start to produce a viscous black liquid. He was still studying the properties of this he himself was killed. When his soul left his body, the heart activated again, and the black liquid began to move on it's own towards him. Despite souls being incorporeal, the liquid was able to stick to his form and start consuming his 'body'.   The liquid and the heart itself would then become bound to his soul, and give him a new physical body. This made Vahit the first known Shade.  

Social Structure

  Elites are shades that are considered to be higher ranking than other demons. Since most shades in their demon form look nearly identical, elites are recognized by their unique animal like features. Elites tend to spend most of their time in the Vahit's Tower in the Shadow Realm, and are entrusted with special missions. Usually in order to become an elite, the demon has to have killed and absorbed a certain number of souls.   Lower ranking shades tend to be used as cannon fodder, or to do missions too simple for elites to waste their time on. Vahit is also less forgiving to lower ranking demons who screw up.  


Most other races, including other demons consider them abominations. Shades aren't something created by natural means, and are fairly new compared to everything else. Most people don't know enough about them to properly defend themselves from them, meaning most people are terrified of them.   Other demons simply find them disgusting.

Other Trivia

  • The reason all the voidstones are shaped like hearts is because Vahit's is. The stone that took his soul over was actually a gift that was given to him. Vahit actually takes the time out of his day to cut every stone into this shape himself, as he feels the shape makes a good symbol for his movement.

  • A shade can be identified by the fact that, similar to a blood demon, if a piece of their body, like a hair is removed, it will sizzle away in the sun.

  • Since their blood is made from a fusion of blood demons, their blood technically has a mind of it's own. If separated from the body, it will often attempt to get back to it's body all on its own. (If it doesn't shrivel up before then, that is.)
  • Shades are surprisingly light weight. They are much lighter than humans, and are in fact no heavier than a house pet. They are pretty easy to pick up and throw around.
  • When shades are in their demon form, they're voices will change to sound more gurgly, watery, and echoed. (Think like the Inklings from Splatoon)

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17 Oct, 2018 04:04

I didn't seem to find it here, so I was wonder is whether or not they are inherently evil? Or do they have a concept of morality?

Ariel Webster
19 Oct, 2018 19:21

They are not inherently evil. That's not a thing in my world. They follow a leader with corrupt views of the world, but they are not evil by default. In fact, one of my heroes is a rebel Shade.

19 Oct, 2018 19:59

Oh cool, thanks for the response!