A Shade is a resurrected soul pulled from its rest by a necromancer. The shade possesses its former body and skills and recalls their original name, but it's in essence no more than a mere shadow of their mortal self. A shade is also resistant to attacks by magic. They are also under the necromancer’s power and may be molded to their will, with this control lasting until the shade is once again killed and the soul released.
Morgana, High Priestess of the Triple Goddess, seeks the advice of the Dochraid to raise a shade with a magical coin given to her by her sister Morgause. The Dochraid tells her to travel to the last of the five Gateways that separate the living world from the world of the dead. Morgana goes to the Pool of Nemhain and casts the coin into the lake’s depths, forcing Sir Lancelot’s spirit into the living world.
Morgana uses the shade of Lancelot to come between Arthur and Gwen, who are preparing to marry. Lancelot succeeds with the help of an enchanted bracelet, and Gwen is banished from Camelot. Under Morgana’s orders, the shade of Lancelot then kills himself and Merlin is able to free his soul with the spell "Grið fæstne mid þisse tintregian sawle", allowing him to rest peacefully (Lancelot du Lac).
In the myths, a shade is the spirit or ghost of a dead person from the underworld. It can be called to the world of the living by dark magic. They are wicked creatures that wreck havoc in the human world. Although Lancelot did cause Gwen's exile, he can't be described as evil due to the fact that he didn't have his own will.
|Series 4 Enemies|
|The Darkest Hour: Morgana • Morgause • The Dorocha • The Cailleach • Agravaine • Wilddeoren • Wyvern|
The Wicked Day: King Odin • Morgana • Agravaine • The Gleeman • Geldred
Aithusa: Julius Borden • King Odin
His Father's Son: Morgana • Agravaine • Queen Annis • King Caerleon • Derian
A Servant of Two Masters: Morgana • Agravaine • Fomorroh • Merlin (indirect)
The Secret Sharer: Morgana • Agravaine • Alator • Orn
Lamia: Lamia • Agravaine
Lancelot du Lac: Morgana • Lancelot (Shade) • Agravaine • Dochraid
A Herald of the New Age: Shrine Boy • Elyan (indirect)
The Hunter's Heart: Morgana • Agravaine • Helios
The Sword in the Stone: Morgana • Agravaine • Helios • Aithusa • Nathair