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A '''shadow''' is a type of magical creature. Servants of the [[Lord of Light]] employ them to undertake dangerous missions on their behalf.
 
A '''shadow''' is a type of magical creature. Servants of the [[Lord of Light]] employ them to undertake dangerous missions on their behalf.
   
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Stannis asks Melisandre to make him another "son" to slay [[Joffrey]] as well as [[Robb Stark]]. However, she refuses him as he's too weak to survive another intercourse with her.<ref>"[[Walk of Punishment]]"</ref>
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Stannis asks Melisandre to make him another "son" to slay [[Joffrey]] as well as [[Robb Stark]]. However, she refuses him, explaining that creating a shadow-creature drains some of a man's life energy, and she fears that if Stannis attempts to create another with her it will kill him.<ref>"[[Walk of Punishment]]"</ref> Instead, she has [[Gendry]] brought to Dragonstone, since he also has king's blood, being the son of [[Robert Baratheon]]. 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
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==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Melisandre actually conjures forth two shadows on separate occasions to kill Stannis' foes - Renly and Cortnay Penrose. She needs to use Stannis' own life-essence to fuel the entities, but this hugely drains him, and she did not produce any more shadows. Davos noticed that Stannis looked ten years older than before the [[Battle of the Blackwater]]. Use of the creatures is thus limited in case their creation taxes the creator to the point of death. Melisandre offered Davos to use his life-essence to produce a shadow (hence she did not specifically need Stannis for that purpose), but he refused to take any part in her dark witchcraft. It is unknown whether Melisandre made similar offer to any other men.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Melisandre actually conjures forth two shadows on separate occasions to kill Stannis' foes - Renly and Ser Cortnay Penrose. She needs to use Stannis' own life-essence to fuel the entities, but this hugely drains him, thus she doesn't produce any more shadows. Davos notices that Stannis looks ten years older than before the [[Battle of the Blackwater]]. Use of the creatures is thus limited in case their creation taxes the creator to the point of death. Melisandre offers Davos to use his life-essence to produce a shadow, but he refuses. It is unknown whether Melisandre made similar offers to any other men.
 
Shadows make an appearance in the 2012 [[Game of Thrones (2012 role-playing game)|Game of Thrones role-playing game]]. While they are visually identical to the "shadow babies", these shadows are created by Valarr Hill using blood magic and his own blood, as opposed to Melisandre birthing them. Valarr's shadows can be harmed by Valyrian steel weapons, due to the magical nature of the metal.
 
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Shadow_assassin Shadows at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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* {{AWOIAF|Shadow assassin}} (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
   
 
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Shadow
Melisandre gives 'birth' to a shadow creature
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"Shadows cannot live in the dark, Ser Davos. They are servants of Light."
Melisandre[src]

A shadow is a type of magical creature. Servants of the Lord of Light employ them to undertake dangerous missions on their behalf.

HistoryEdit

Season 2Edit

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The shadow creature assassinates Renly.
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Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon have sex, with Melisandre promising to give Stannis 'a son'.[1] After the failed parley between Stannis and Renly, Melisandre is revealed to be pregnant. She gives 'birth' to a shadow in a cave close to Renly's encampment whilst Ser Davos Seaworth watches in horror.[2] The creature infiltrates Renly's camp and kills him in front of Catelyn Stark and Brienne. Renly's bodyguards blame Brienne for the deed.[3]

Davos is so disturbed by the appearance of the shadow creature that he convinces Stannis not to bring Melisandre along when their fleet and army attack King's Landing, in case the victory is credited to her powers rather than Stannis.[4]

Season 3Edit

Stannis asks Melisandre to make him another "son" to slay Joffrey as well as Robb Stark. However, she refuses him, explaining that creating a shadow-creature drains some of a man's life energy, and she fears that if Stannis attempts to create another with her it will kill him.[5] Instead, she has Gendry brought to Dragonstone, since he also has king's blood, being the son of Robert Baratheon

Behind the scenesEdit

Fans colloquially call the creatures "shadow babies" due to the nature of their creation.

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Melisandre actually conjures forth two shadows on separate occasions to kill Stannis' foes - Renly and Ser Cortnay Penrose. She needs to use Stannis' own life-essence to fuel the entities, but this hugely drains him, thus she doesn't produce any more shadows. Davos notices that Stannis looks ten years older than before the Battle of the Blackwater. Use of the creatures is thus limited in case their creation taxes the creator to the point of death. Melisandre offers Davos to use his life-essence to produce a shadow, but he refuses. It is unknown whether Melisandre made similar offers to any other men.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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