Where do shadows and shadow magic belong to in the world of the Forgotten Realms? I mean, the first thing that comes to mind is the undead 1/4 CR creature called "Shadow".
I know that Shar has merged the Negative Plane and the Shadow Plane, which in my opinion merges shadows and necromancy into one. This is also made me to think about the fact that some gods do not like the Raven Queen, since a stream of souls passes through her kingdom, which she uses.
In conclusion, Shar called her weaving "Shadow", and it was used mostly by necromancers (not only them, of course, but nevertheless).
I also noticed an interesting detail regarding the undead 20CR - Nightwalker. In the description of this creature it is written that it lives on the plane of negative energy. But according to the logic of all the above, there is no negative plane in 5e, or for some reason it is not described. But from the description of the same monster, we learn that the negative energy plane is a Shadowfell subplane... Which is even more misleading to me.
We know that different classes such as Sorcerer and Monk have archetypes associated with shadows. A related question will be whether or not those two subclasses are connected with the Shadowfell.
Is there an unambiguous answer on what shadows are in Forgotten Realms lore?
- Are shadows on the Material Plane related to the Shadowfell?
- And are shadows related to necromancy?