As an action, you can manipulate the shadow of a creature that you can touch or see within 20 meters. You can cause the shadow to act out simple actions independent of its owner, move it up to 5 meters away from its owner, or alter its shape to be one size larger or smaller than its own.
You can manipulate only one shadow at a time. If the source of the shadow moves, the shadow mirrors its movements, but remains under your control while within 20 meters of you.
When you cast this spell, or as an action on a later turn, you can cause the shadow to turn violent if the creature is within 10 meters of you. You instill the shadow with a maddening hunger for its owner’s life. Make a melee spell attack against the target.
On a hit, it takes 1d8 necrotic damage.
On a critical hit, it takes twice as much damage.
On a miss by 4 or less, it takes half as much damage.
After causing the shadow to turn violent the spell ends.
At higher levels
This spell’s damage increases by 1d8 when you reach 9th level (2d8) and 17th level (3d8).