The Tree of Shadows was created by the Shi'ar Empire eons ago via dark sorcery.

The Tree of Shadows is stored in Null Space and is the repository for all of the (Darkhawk) amulets used to empower the Fraternity of Raptors. There are thousands of amulets hanging from the tree. When a raptor switches places with a host the host is trapped within a crystal connected to the tree while the ancient spirit of the raptor inhabits a cybernetic body resembling the hero Darkhawk. Many of the deactivated crystals contain the rotting corpses of previous Raptor hosts. The tree is protected by demonic creatures.

The raptor known as Gyre implied that the Fraternity of Raptors had masters. Talon told Vulcan that several Shi'ar Lords were loyal to the Fraternity of Raptors even though the order had been defunct for 60 centuries. The demonic creatures guarding the tree were said to be loyal to the source. The amulet that transformed the Skrull commander H'jke Jeeku into Talon re-entered normal space after a weapon the Inhumans used on a fleet of Skrulls dislodged it from a pocket of dark matter.
Tree of Shadows from War of Kings Ascension Vol 1 2


There would appear to be some connection between the Lifestone Tree and the Tree of Shadows. The Sphinx who is empowered by a fragment of the Lifestone Tree summoned other similarly empowered beings to fight his future self and Gyre a member of the Fraternity of Raptors.

Darkhawk's armor responded to the hieroglyphics in the Sphinx's pyramid[1] further hinting at a connection between the Raptors and the Lifestone Tree. The Sphinx was also able to control Darkhawk due to his amulet.


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  1. Nova Vol 4 33