There are many terms that are overstep their bounds when talking about both shadow and magic. This happens because many arts and forms of power come from sources that are related in abstract ways.
A Shadow Mage, despite as it may seem, does not draw its power from the shadows - or directly from the Shadowplane. In contrast to conventional mages, they use a mirrored variant of the Weave that is strictly controlled by Shar, the Mistress of the Night. They must usually petition and bargain to even achieve access to the Shadow Weave.
A Shadow Mage uses the Shadow Weave to power their spells. This means:
- They cannot cast Evocation spells (except Darkness, and including Hellball and Greater Ruin).
- They cannot become Wild Mages (or take any other wizard/sorcerer subclass), and are not affected by Wild Magic zones.
- They cannot cast arcane spells if their deity is not Shar.
- May take levels in Shadowdancer without meeting the usual skill and feat requirements. Instead of gaining Sneak Attack from their shadow, Shadow Mages get +1 caster level per Shadowdancer level.
- Shadow Mages get +2 DC on all Illusion, Enchantment and Necromancy spells.
- At Wizard level 20, they are granted the Hide in Plain Sight feat.