Creatures of the Black Blood
Human FormEvery 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.
SensoryShades 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.
WeaknessesWhile shades are very strong, some crucial weakness can be easily exploited in order to defeat them.
LightLike 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.
WaterSince 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 InjuryWhile 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 HeartTheir 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.
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A regular Grunt.Territory
Elites Shades are stronger, higher ranked Shades with special powers and abilities.
The Shadow Realm
A corrupted landscape made of black ooze. Home of the shades.
A demonic hive mind organism made of blood and survives by eating memories.
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?
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.
Oh cool, thanks for the response!