Appearance[edit | edit source]
The Shad are often described as bird aliens due to their appearance. They have beaks and feathery faces, and many of them have some form of hair or long feathers on the top of their head. The females have small horns, which seem to grow larger with age, while the males instead have spikes coming from their eyebrows. Their skin and feathers are various shades of green, brown and purple. They have clawed hands and feet, and naturally stand slightly crouched.
History[edit | edit source]
Although the Shad are descended from the Ancients, they have lost the use of their technology. Initial interactions between humans and Shad were hostile, due to the humans being intent on harvesting Shadoon's resources against the Shad's wishes. However, after the start of Operation Trackwalker, relationships between the two races improved. Trading between the two races is now common, with humans providing the Shad with technology in return for their experience with Shadoon and their limited knowledge of the Ancients' technologies. The largest Shad village seen so far, Ba'kii Kum, even has a sizeable human population.
Language[edit | edit source]
The Shad have their own language, although it is not seen much in-game except in place names (Ba'kii Kum, Faj'ro, Vr'da Vil, Zir'vitar, So'najiz, Krys'kajo). Most Shad are able to speak English, although they do so with very poor grammar.
Villages[edit | edit source]
Shad tend to live in small, isolated villages close to nature. So far, two such villages have been seen. Ba'kii Kum is a large regional hub in the desert with a strong human presence which has brought advanced technology. Vr'da Vil, by contrast, is small and insular due to the village's distrust of humans over a past incident. Villages are governed by an elder female, known as the Eldress.