With his incredible height, broad frame, and mess of windswept hair, Long Shadow certainly does cast quite a shadow on those around him. At nearly 8 fulms tall he often stands a head above even the largest of his roegadyn brethren, making him a favorite target for competitions of brute strength. Though not terribly handsome, he embodies a certain rugged charm that draws people in. Red skinned and dark haired with smiling ash colored eyes and a broad pearly grin, he's a perfect sample of the hellsgardian people found in the mountainous tribes along Abalathia's Spine.
Though only in his mid 40s, his love for the outdoors shows in sun-leathered skin that crinkles merrily 'round his eyes and nose, giving him the look of someone slightly older. Streaks of gray in his hair and beard only add to this effect, leaving most with the assumption that he's at least 50. Tattoos work together with his eyebrows to frame his eyes – dark, animated brows above with similarly shaped white markings below – making his eyes one of the most immediately noticed features on his face. From them sparkles a sort of quiet laughter, as if musing on private joke. Broad cheekbones are cut above a tattooed nose tip, which points to a very wide mouth that's quick to flash an equally wide smile. Some might notice that his right canine has be replaced with a false tooth. Gold, by the look of it.
Heavily muscled, dressed in worn, but durable, explorers clothes, and armed with a bow nearly as tall as he is, it's clear that Shadow is an outdoorsman of some sort. Judging by the earthy stains embedded along the back of his jacket, he might prefer a bed of grass beneath the stars to a stuffy inn room, too.
Scars of varying length, width, and depth crisscross his body from head to toe, and unlike the average Adventurer, most of his have the look of claw and tooth marks rather than via weaponry.
Loud, gregarious, and boisterous, Shadow almost always appears to be in a good mood – and for the most part, he is! Not one to hide his true feelings, what you see is what you get with Shadow, and in him most find a loyal friend who will give the truth to them straight, even if it hurts.
These are things that are commonly known about Shadow.
Combat Style (Bard)
One look at the 7.5 fulm long bow on his back and huge, almost harpoon-like, arrows is enough to tell anyone that Shadow is an archer, at least! Add to that his penchant for storytelling, fondness for singing, and exceptional magical ability, none would deny that he's a bard.
Following the hellsgard trend of earning a living via adventuring, Shadows has been quite successful financially. Unlike his hellsgard brethren however, he avoids common sell sword work in favor of more niche markets.
It seems that Shadow is nearly always out exploring, whether on behalf of clients or of his own accord. He knows the lay of Eorzean land so well by now, in fact, that a significant portion of his work involves taking clients ons sightseeing expeditions, escorting clients safely from point A to point B (escort quest style), and scouting the land and assessing its threats for various Free Companies and corporations.
In addition to exploration jobs, his extensive knowledge of the land also lends him an advantage in treasure hunts. Sometimes he works contracts solo, retrieving the requested items by himself, sometimes he hires a couple of trustworthy people to assist him, and other times he acts as escort for the client to retrieve the treasure themselves. Either way, this more than anything has resulted in his abundant wealth.
Though nothing at all about his common attire, mannerisms, or manner of speaking suggests it, Shadow is actually quite wealthy. Quite. However, he's extremely disorganized with his money and estate, and finds it difficult to keep a retainer under his employ for long as a result. The man is simply too frustrating when it comes to matters that require details!
Among the prime poolside plots in the Goblet's Brimming Heart division, there lies a blight among the numerous perfectly maintained homes of Ul'dah's wealthy: Plot 20, 14 Ward, the personal residence of Long Shadow. This overgrown property is clearly not well maintained and sits empty for weeks, sometimes even moons, at a time.
Not Publicly Known
And then there are some things that you'll learn about Shadow only after you've been around him for a little while: