Icon: Princess of Shadows
The Princess of Shadows is a trickster whose exploits reshape the world nearly as often as they redistribute its wealth. She has squandered the riches of the dwarves, murdered the hopes of a dragon, and plundered the dreams of a god. Her exploits have changed the world, but none can tell you her ultimate goals or motives. Your attitude toward the Princess of Shadows depends on how you feel about anarchy, and perhaps how you feel about anarchy happening to you.
‘”Don’t bother thanking me, I already thanked myself to your gold and your lover’s heart.”
Shadowlands, or anywhere else she cares to be.
Not everyone believes there is a Princess of Shadows. This works out extremely well for the Princess. She doesn’t care about getting credit for her exploits. Consequently, there are places where she’s blamed for every major theft, and other places where she’s viewed as an invention of the Thieves’ Guilds to cover their tracks.
Adventurers & the Icon
Adventurers sometimes work for the Princess of Shadows without ever knowing it. In some sense, anyone who accepts one of her gifts is doing the Princess’s work. Other adventurers like the Princess’s style and aim to further her schemes, but that’s a shifty path and what works for an icon can often as not walk an adventurer into a wall of swords.
The Diabolist has profited from certain of the Princess’s “transactions,” but the Priestess, at least, believes that the Princess stole more from the Diabolist than the Diabolist suspects. Who can say?
The Steam King has offered a king’s-ransom in platinum for the Princess of Shadows’ head, but no one knows why. The Sorcerer Supreme has tried to retrieve certain stolen artifacts from the Princess, but hasn’t claimed success in the endeavor.
Shadowy figures appear on the margins of official histories. Some of these mysterious figures are previous incarnations of the Princess of Shadows in other guises with other names.
The True Danger
If the Princess of Shadows ever ends up leading the forces of evil, it’s going to be bad news.