I am a shadow… The true self… I love you all so much… Won’t you give me your love too?
Given the protagonists are a blank state, I had A LOT of ideas I wanted to shove into this Shadow. I really wanted to keep Orpheus’ harp in some form, plus I thought it’d be a fun play on FeMC “playing” people and ties into the red strings of fate, more directly invoked by her red-brown hair. It’s actually supposed to extend into the background of the battle stage, suspending limp shadow-dolls in Gekkoukan uniforms (think the girls holding up Shadow Chie) from the ceiling, literally tying them to her in her hunger.
The main body of the Shadow is a golden wire mannequin with a doll’s head, symbolising her emptiness and the need to fill it by dressing up (or being dressed up) as whoever you want. I tried to emulate the canon shadow arcana masks, but eventually settled on drawing from Nyx Avatar’s face. During her idle stance, she alternates between holding the mask in front of her face and away. Whether this is an influence of Pharos …
Another concept I really wanted to show was “Death’s bride”. Losing her parents so young affected her deeply. As much as she wants people to stay with her, she also thinks that them leaving is inevitable, and so she will always be alone. This uncertainty of control over her fate manifests in this armless mannequin, caressed by the arms of Death which play her strings, leaving her autonomy ambiguous.
And finally I wanted to muscle in something based on Eurydice, hence snakes on the harp.
Nooo! Don’t leave me alone!
(Inspired by personashadows!)