Many modern Lunars take a new name after Exaltation
to reflect their new identity. Swims in Shadows does not. He
comes from a tribe that lives on one of the small volcanic
islands in the Southwest, most of which are too small to appear
on any map. Swims in Shadows was the tribe’s shaman,
an expert at dealing with the small gods and elementals of
the sea. Sometimes, this meant diving deep into the spirits’
oceanic home, where the sun’s light fades to a deep blue glow:
Swims in Shadows excelled through his lung capacity as well
as his persuasive talents. Once, he even met an awesome
and frightening Moonchild who spoke for Leviathan,
the Great Whale God his people had long revered.
Of course, the shaman humbly gave what assistance
was possible for a mortal spirit-dealer.
Swims in Shadows Exalted as he tried to
assemble a coalition of spirits against a marauding
child of Siakal: He vowed to keep diving
until he died or a reluctant spirit agreed,
and he discovered that he no longer
needed to breathe air. The Silver Pact
found Swims in Shadows within days.
The shaman learned that his people’s god,
Leviathan, was actually an ancient Lunar and
had noted the shaman for cultivation as a
minion. Naturally, Swims in Shadows pledged
his loyalty to Leviathan.
This pledge incidentally made Swims in
Shadows a member of the Seneschals of the
Sun Kings, a Lunar faction devoted to Solar
rule. Even if there were no Lawgivers to do
the ruling, the Seneschals tried to preserve
the traditions—including keeping the spirit
courts deferent to the Celestial Exalted.
Swims in Shadows thus continues his
profession as a spirit negotiator. He cannot
yet force spirits to obey, but he’s very good at
talking them into going along with Seneschal
programs. As an adept in the Art of Elemental
Summoning (see The Books of Sorcery, Vol.
III—Oadenol’s Codex, p. 136), he can beckon
a wide variety of elementals or create wards
against them. Against gods, he remains limited
to persuasion—but his Lunar Charms make him
exceptionally convincing. Swims in Shadows
continues to mediate between Southwestern
mortals and the supernatural world, but he also
spreads the word that Lunars outrank the spirits.
The Exalted shaman gains power and prestige
rapidly among the island tribes.
In his human form, Swims in Shadows looks like a lean
man in his 30s, with dark bronze skin and black hair. He
wears a breechcloth and the elaborately ornamented collar
and feathered headdress that identify him as an island tribe
shaman. His animal form is a bull shark.
Swims in Shadows prefers not to fight, since he is not
very good at it, even as a shark-man. Among Southwestern
mortals and spirits, he expects his status as a shaman to protect
him from most harm. If he cannot intimidate enemies
through his fearsome appearance, he surrenders… and sets out to defeat them through social combat. If a mission requires
greater physical force, the shaman asks other Lunars for help.
Conversely, when other Lunars need an expert negotiator,
they can call on Swims in Shadows.
Motivation: Restore Exalted dominion over the spirit
Caste: No Moon
Anima Banner: The shadow of a bull shark surrounded by
a sapphire glow.
Spirit Shape: Bull shark
Tell: Shark teeth