Planet information
Sun orbited




Date terraformed





4.527x1021 tonnes


1.0215 G

Orbital position

3rd from primary

Orbital distance



13,300 (before its decimation during the war)

Shadow was the home planet of Malcolm Reynolds. According to "The Universe In Numbers," terraforming of S/2037(Murphy)02 “Shadow” was completed in 2404. A Rim planet, it was once said that "the prairies of Shadow stretched out so far under such a clear sky that a man could see from here to God's plan." Later, all that was left was charred and blackened rock.


Shadow was known for its grain farms and cattle ranches. The planet was almost entirely rural, with small towns dotting the countryside. While it had a few impressive towns, there were no actual cities. Its people were hard workers and independent-minded. Shadow was one of the first worlds to stand against the aggression of the Union of Allied Planets. Most of its young people volunteered to fight for Independence.

The aggressive bombing of Shadow during the war was meant to teach the Browncoats a lesson about the might of the Alliance. Instead, the bombing only hardened the resolve of those who fought and increased the Browncoats' hatred of their enemy. Those few from Shadow who survived this difficult time lost loved ones, their lives forever changed.

By 2511 - after only 106 years of habitability - Shadow became a ghost planet. No one lived there; no one could.

According to "The Verse in Numbers", Shadow orbited Murphy as 3rd from primary, and had three moons:


Branson’s MarkEdit

  • S/2172(Shadow)01
  • Orbit: 126,852 km
  • Period (days): 9.01
  • Diameter: 1,397 km
  • Mass: 7.044x1019 tonnes
  • Surface Gravity: 0.9806
  • Terraformed (year): 2404
  • Population: 1,317


  • S/2172(Shadow)02
  • Orbit: 230,640 km
  • Period (days): 16.38
  • Diameter: 2,684 km
  • Mass: 2.766x1020 tonnes
  • Surface Gravity: 1.0430
  • Terraformed (year): 2404
  • Population: 38,450


  • S/2172(Shadow)03
  • Orbit: 430,528 km
  • Period (days): 30.58
  • Diameter: 2,486 km
  • Mass: 2.258x1020 tonnes
  • Surface Gravity: 0.9925
  • Terraformed (year): 2404
  • Population: 167,000

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