Wraiths are entities of black shadow and darkness, that saps the life force of its victims with the grave's own chill. Wraiths have a special connection to shadow and darkness, and the light of the sun banishes them. They also have the ability to create spawn.
Description[edit | edit source]
Wraiths hold no resemblance to what they were in life. Rather, they appear as creatures of pure shadow and darkness, hooded reapers of a vaguely humanoid shape.
Publication History[edit | edit source]
Wraiths first appeared in the OD&D white box set, where they are described as tougher wights. This connection to wights was maintained in 1e, though the picture of the wraith was one of a creature of shadow, and they were described as having strong ties to darkness. Staring in the D&D Basic Set, they became creatures of shadow, which was further reinforced in later editions.