"She is a fox spirit, and thus one of heaven's tricksters. The fox can take the forms of men and women and will often do so to test us."
"She is the filthy fox spirit....she is a trickster and thinks of herself as a judge of wrong and right."
The Forest Shadow is a spirit of moderate rank in the Celestial Bureaucracy, charged with care of the Great Southern Forest. To decide the fate of the forest, the protagonist must decide between The Mother and Forest Shadow.