Shadow Blade

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Shadow Blade
Player: @Thkaal
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Biographical Data
Real Name: Ebony Shade
Known Aliases:
Gender: Female
Species: Meta-human
Ethnicity: African American
Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA
Base of Operations: Millenium City, MI
Relatives: Charles Shade (father), Hilary Shade (mother)
Age: 14
Height: 5'10
Weight: 167 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Complexion: Dark Brown
Physical Build: Muscular and toned.
Physical Features: N/A
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Identity: Private
Years Active: 0
Citizenship: Legal citizen of the USA
Occupation: High School Student
Education: Currently in 9th Grade.
Marital Status: Single
Known Powers and Abilities
Shadow manipulation, Shadow Wings, Shadow Blades.
Equipment and Paraphernalia
Nothing, simply her body.
Physical Attributes
Non-Physical Attributes
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Born in San Francisco to a geneticist mother and a physicist father, Ebony Shade grew up in a happy home. She had no troubles with school, friends, or at home. In short, she had the perfect life. Then came the news that they were moving. Both her parents had been offered jobs at UNTIL in Millennium City. She was in shock. She was in pain. The worst thing that can happen to a popular girl is to take her from her kingdom of admiring peers. She took off into the night, planning to run away from home. The shadows wrapped around her, she wanted to get lost in them. She wanted to be gone, but she wanted to be found. She wanted the world to do what she wanted and not what it wanted.

Huddled under a tree, she held her knees to her chest and rocked. It was almost an hour before she started to think about the move as an opportunity, not a trial. The thought of new people watching her, seeking her advice and opinion swelled her with pride and power. It was then that her clothing fell through her body and she was a massive writhing form of shadowy netherness.

An hour later, she had pulled herself together and gotten dressed once more. The terror of being nothingness matched the thrill of having a superpower. She vowed she'd work on controlling it, but didn't want her parents to know. Their jobs would have her under a microscope in a heartbeat. She returned home and apologized to her grateful and relieved parents.

A New Beginning

Having moved to Millennium City, she was enrolled in West Side High School as a freshman. She tried out for the cheerleading team, having been one in junior high and loving the social steps it provided, she was eager to show the inner city how a California girl does it. She had made it by impressing the junior varsity cheerleader, Jessica Merris. She was happily becoming part of the cheer team. However, one day, she stumbled upon a Purple Gang shakedown of local businesses. The fear of the situation instinctively activated her powers. The police arrived just as the last gang member went down. After the storeowner explained what had happened, Ebony was taken to UNTIL headquarters.

While there, and in shadow form, she was poked and prodded much as she expected, but not as badly as she feared. Her parents were part of the team which studied her, but they did not seem to recognize her. During the tests, Ebony discovered that much of the time, their needles passed through. Through it all, she was found to be living shadow, a place where photons were absorbed. After several hours of testing, she was awarded an UNTIL comm which she tried to use responsibly. This one event led her to meeting a team known as the New Vigil.

Forever Vigilant

Having received a call from the police over the UNTIL comm, Ebony, now calling herself Shadow Blade, arrived at a warehouse in the dock district to find a group of young heroes with a couple of older heroes assembled. The briefing was short. There were people under the warehouse, villains suspected. They found a cloning facility, a woman used as base stock and then a giant worm thing that was out of some tentacle hentai nightmare.

Afterwards, another hero arrived and seemed familiar to the cheerleader turned hero. The girl was Adamantine Girl whom Ebony thinks is Jessica Merris. Ebony is not sure, but she suspects that Adamantine Girl was part of the reason she was later asked to join the New Vigil.


Shadow Manipulation - Slowly, Shadow Blade's body is converting to a form of living shadow. As such, she can manipulate any shadow she can touch, changing its shape or using it to heal herself. The downside is, she must concentrate on maintaining her shape in shadow form or she will disperse.

Shadow Wings - Manipulating the shadow of her form, or shadows around her, she can form wings over her shoulders and utilize them for flight.

Shadow Blades - Whether a single blade or dual blades, Shadow Blade can utilize shadow as though they were solid to slice into almost any substance. The blades are sharper than even monofilament, being the width of a photon.

Shadow Bolt - It took some time, but Shadow Blade did learn to "throw" her blades. Unfortunately, they do not retain their shape once leaving her body and become balls of nether-dimensional energy.


Athletics - Ebony is a natural athlete. Throughout her life, her body has been more fit and toned than her peers. She is physically fit and healthy, quick on her toes and incredibly strong, though not to super proportions.

Acrobatics - Ebony is a skilled gymnast and acrobat, and she is on the cheerleading squad for her school.

Sciences - Ebony's parents are both scientists, her mother a geneticist, her father a particle physicist. Though she has not been formally trained, simply being in an environment where such heady topics are routinely discussed has given her an almost innate understanding of the more basic concepts, and an intuitive grasp of some of the more complex aspects of the subject matter.


Diaphanous Structure - When in shadow form, Shadow Blade's body must be consciously maintained. Without conscious effort, the shadow that makes up her body begins to drift away.

Boy Crazy - Though she can focus in a fight, she is distracted by teenaged boys and grown men who meet her standards of well developed physique with a hint of the macho. This can cause a pause in battle, and possibly a refusal to hit the male in question.

Bright Lights - Though they don't cause her harm, they do slow, stun and confuse her. She often feels "icky" after being bombarded by bright lights for which she was not prepared.

Fear of Powers - Recently, she has discovered the underlying source of her powers, the mental switches and blocks to them. These terrify her. She is afraid that there is no other way and that she will be reduced to satisfying the means by which she controls her shadow form.

Friends and Associates

  • New Vigil - The team itself.
  • Impact - A college student by the name of Cal. Ebony's boyfriend.
  • Intervene - A healing hero who is Ebony's best friend and confidant.
  • Charity Corren - A founding member of New Vigil who has a special place in Ebony's heart for helping her with the mental aspects of her powers.
  • Anarchy - A college girl who attends MCU with Impact. Ebony looks up to her as an experienced hero, but considers her an equal socially, if a bit odd with all those piercings and tattoos.
  • Heartbeat - A Malvan who has become quite close to Ebony. The two spend quite some time together outside of missions.

Voice of the People

The views and opinions of those quoted are not necessarily those of the interviewer.

"I first met Ebony when I was really worried about James after his battle with Mother. She was there and held my hand comfortingly. She seems very sweet and I hope to get to know her more." - Heartbeat