Shadow's family wasn't killed by undead .... they WERE undead.
She IS undead. It is the gem that keeps her humanity in tact. The gem was found by her mother, who was an undead. Once she realized that the gem gave back the wisdom to those undead, she slowly gathered undead to create a sanctuary for those that have past, but still remained.
Amazing to even her mother, she fell in love and conceived a child, Shadow. Everything was fine, until Asmodeus learned of the gems powers and sent his soul bound anti-paladins to destroy the undead sanctuary, and retrieve the gem. They killed everyone in the peaceful village.
But the gem has a secret. No mortal can hold it without it draining their soul. The gem is the pommel of the legendary sword Black Razor. It seeks to be re-assembled.
The leader of the marauders was Aldric. When he came across Shadow, he realized she was the only one who could wield the gem, because she was not mortal. She was already undead. So he spared her life and took her on as his child.
Aldric, doesn't seem to remember things as they actually occurred. He seems to remember that the undead had raided a peaceful village and he saved the young shadow from the undead ... at least that is how he tells the story.
Is Aldric, the kind mentor, or the anti-paladin tool of Asmodeus? He may not even know?
But now that you know the truth ... what will you do?
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