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The Shades were a group of hooded figures that lived in the Eldwitch Woods under the command of the "Great Witch" Darklaw. By using robes that rendered them invisible to the inhabitants of Labyrinthia, they used various mechanical devices to create the illusion that magic was real in Labyrinthia.
They are normal inhabitants of Labyrinthia who have been "killed" by their stage magic, were lost in the woods, and were "executed" for witchcraft. When this occurs, the Shades quietly abduct the supposed victim or witch to be taken to their own village. There, they hypnotize the person into a largely personality-less minion of the Great Witch and serve for a term as the engineers of the special effects that generate magic. After their term is up, their old personalties are allowed to return and they return to Labyrinthia as new characters, everyone having been hypnotized to not recognize the former Shade. To that end, Shades carry bells, the sound of which interacts with a toxin in Labyrinthia's water that causes the sound of struck silver to knock its inhabitants unconscious briefly, allowing the Shades time to prepare for a "spell" or move individuals around.
After Hershel Layton was "turned to gold" (actually replaced with a gold statue of himself) and Maya Fey was accidentally thrown into the fire pit while rescuing Espella Cantabella after the former confessed to being Great Witch Bezella in order to save Jean Greyerl, the Shades attempted to induct both into their ranks. However, since neither were as brainwashed as most Labyrinthians, Layton was able to rescue a fleeing Fey, at which point Darklaw arrived and ordered the Shades neither was to be inducted.
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