Lash is the name Harry Dresden ultimately gives the shadow placed in his mind by the Fallen Angel Lasciel. It first appears in Death Masks.

In the seriesEdit

Proven GuiltyEdit

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Lasciel is implanted in Dresden's mind when he when he picked up her coin at the end of Death Masks to prevent it from being touched by the infant Harry Carpenter.(reference needed)

She can manifest herself to Dresden as an illusion that requires some concentration to see through. She often portrays herself as a tall and athletic blonde in a white Greek-style tunic reaching down to her knees.[1] She often tempts him with various abilities, which Dresden generally resists, but eventually enters in a bargain, stating he needs her help (typically in the form of her photographic memory) if they both were to survive.(reference needed)

As time progresses, Dresden eventually begins to accept more of the shadow's help, allowing him to remember the entire text of The Word of Kemmler by simply glancing at each page or helping him to understand obscure languages ranging from Ghoul to Ancient Etruscan[Footnote 1] in the hall of White Court. She also simply augmented some of Dresden's spells with Hellfire.(reference needed)

White NightEdit

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In White Night, Harry Dresden gives the Shadow the pet name "Lash" explaining it as a bit of petty insolence towards a nigh immortal being, and pushes her towards considering herself as a separate entity from the original Fallen she came from. Throughout the rest of that book, Lash's appearance becomes progressively more disheveled. By the end of the book, she does indeed rebel against her originator, apparently sacrificing herself in a bid to save Harry from a crushing psychic attack by Vittorio Malvora.

Word of JimEdit

According to Jim Butcher Lash reappears in Ghost Story under a different name.[2]


  1. Etruscan language - wikipedia