Shadow-banes are the name for gold coins distributed to the poor in Avenor after the creation of the Alliance of Light in Third Age 5648. The front of the coin is embossed with the symbol of the Alliance (a golden sunwheel) and the back has a sigil of ward against darkness. Dispensed with the blessing of Prince Lysaer, the coins are presumed by the populace to have the power to protect them. They are often collected and resold by merchants as amulets worth more than the raw coin value. This practice is not forbidden by Lysaer's council, as he believes that it gives the people hope.