The Shadow Flight is one of the 11 Elemental Flights in Flight Rising.
The Shadow dragons of the Tangled Wood are tricksters. They prefer to be capricious and fickle, like the flickering shadows they manipulate. Of all the dragons, Shadow dragons are the most enthralled by games, and delight most in winning—even if it means doing so underhandedly. Game boards, tokens, and pieces are their favored treasures.
The Shadow Flight is centralized in the Tangled Wood. The land is separated into four regions: Driftwood Drag, Wispwillow Grove, Foxfire Bramble, and Forum of the Obscured Crescent. The Wood is bordered by the Earth, Light, Nature, Plague, and Water Flight territories.
|Hollow, rotted logs line the banks of the river delta, the silty flow impeded further by haphazard dams of wood, bark, and leaf-litter stuck together. The fertile lands and abundance of food to be found in the region attract all manner of local wildlife, and dragons are no exception. Roosts are routinely built using the natural dams, expanding heavily into above-ground draconic habitats.|
|If any part of this darkened land can be called beautiful, it is the grove. All manner of giant glowing fungi dot the terrain, providing the only light that does not fight its way through the murk that hangs above. Among these mushrooms, trickster dragons chase firebugs and faeries, content to capture some for the eerie lanterns that illuminate their hovels and caves.|
|The gnarled, twisting shapes of the Foxfire Bramble are sinister against the moonlight, and provide excellent defense to the clans that have painstakingly dug themselves hearths within. Beneath the crushing, thorny knots are some of the darkest places in the realm, and it is nearly impossible for even nocturnal creatures to see more than a few feet in front of them.|
|A dirtied, muddied hovel, deliberately piled with debris from all the surrounding areas. It existed before the land was enveloped in shadow, constructed by an ancient civilization who, perhaps aware of its nature as a potent weapon against deception, built an open air temple around the pool. The Shadowbinder now claims the Forum as her fortress, fouling the pool with spoils and junk, rendering it useless as a clairvoyant tool.|
Notable Flora and FaunaEdit
Food items with descriptions that clearly link them to the flight.Cattail Dark Creeper
The rustling of this ivy, which grows only at night, can be quite unnerving in the dark.
This species of Jadevine appears shriveled during the day, and opens during the evening to absorb moisture.
The days are much too bright for the Duskrat, thus they only come out at night.
Millions of moor thistle cover the lowland valleys of the Tangled Wood. Coupled with the indigenous brambles, they provide excellent protection for dragon caves.
This clover grows only in absolute darkness. It shrivels quickly when exposed to sunlight.
A night-blooming plant, Umbra Parthenium is irresistible to herbivorous dragons.
Apparel items that can be directly related to the flight by their description and/or appearance.Shady Emblem
A glowing shadow rune; the sign of a true magical adept.
A dark jeweled armband, commonly worn by denizens of the Tangled Wood.
A flimsy carnival crown of pale purples, accompanied by a mysterious (and ridiculous) neckpiece.
A ceremonial sash gifted to those who have brought honor to the Tangled Wood.
Those who pass through the Tangled Wood uninvited may return adorned in brambles. A sign of displeasure or a sign of favor?
A glorious crown awarded to dragons who have shown good leadership while visiting the Tangled Wood.
Through the oppressive murk, you notice a faint, dancing light. Do you follow?
In the right claws, a mesmerizing deck of cards. The wielder always seems to know just which one you chose!
A mantle as thorny as the dragon that wears it.
Encircling the head, this halo of shadowy brambles is the magical sign of a powerful individual.
Beneath the canopies of gloomy copses, tricksters hawk, busk, and jape. Be wary of those who dress to impress!
Frayed decorations side-by-side with jewelry that makes no sound.
A chilling collection of ghastly lights that hover around travelers that make wrong turns in the Tangled Wood...
This voluminous cape allows the wearer to see in the dark.
The stranger inside this cowl keeps their head down, their features obscured by shadow.
A durable leather tome filled with ancient knowledge of the Shadow Flight.
This voluminous cape makes it difficult to see the wearer.
To don a nightshroud is to commit to a life of sneaking and trickery.
Other items that can be directly related to the flight by their description and/or appearance.Shadow Runestone
An ancient stone bearing the ancestral rune of the Shadowbinder. Such a find should be kept as a prized possession.
This box is surrounded by a clinging, mysterious mist. As you approach, the lock begins to glow and the mist dissipates.
A murky, swampy egg that is pulsating with a strange purple glow. The egg feels as though it might just be full of fluid, but now and again, a dark form can be seen moving within.
A crudely-fashioned stuffed doll that resembles the Shadowbinder. It is made of dark velvet and has a musty odor to it.
A razor-sharp onyx idol fashioned to resemble the Shadowbinder. The chiseled surface appears to completely absorb and obscure light.
Released during the 2017 Trickmurk Circus.
Released during the 2018 Trickmurk Circus.
Features the Shadow Flight's native breed, the Nocturne Dragon, on a Driftwood Drag backdrop.
Features the Wispwillow Grove.
Many dragons believe that whispering a secret into a leaf and releasing it at night will curry favor with the Shadowbinder.
Named for their supposed resemblance to the darkened sludge that is said to drip from the shadow god's eyes, these structures are surprisingly robust; if chipped off, they can be used as chisels or nails.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Shadow-specific Battle StonesEditMist Slash
A seething slash of dark energy. Deals physical Shadow damage to one target. May only be used by Shadow dragons.
A frightening bolt of dark energy. Deals Shadow damage to one target. May only be used by Shadow dragons.
Envelops the enemy in a dark mist. Has a chance to apply Blind (decreases the target's accuracy). May only be used by Shadow dragons.
When assigned, this fragment empowers one Shadow dragon with +2 Intellect.
When assigned, this fragment empowers one Shadow dragon with +2 Strength.
Native Dragon BreedsEdit
Eggs & NestEdit
"A murky, swampy egg that is pulsating with a strange purple glow. The egg feels as though it might just be full of fluid, but now and again, a dark form can be seen moving within." - Unhatched Shadow Egg
Shadow eggs are silver-black and covered in glowing foxfire sacs. They're nested inside a hollowed tree trunk, surrounded by cattails and bioluminescent fungi.
The Shadow Flight background features a clearing in the Wispwillow Grove, filled with hollow logs and giant, luminous mushrooms, and encircled by hills and dark evergreens. The top banner shows a small bit of ruin sitting amongst a foggy breeze.
The Trickmurk Circus is the elemental holiday of the Shadow Flight. It takes place during the last week of February.