Rise of the Durnskald
The Shadow Veil
The Prime Material Plane of Ahn-Azzex and the Plane of Shadow are coterminous in nearly all known locations, with the notable exceptions being The Elemental Empire, Crinoa, The Alabaster Isle, and Pergisursia. Generally speaking these areas are immune to the cloying grasp of the Plane of Shadow but occasionally the barrier that separates the planes weakens and they overlap. This is referred to as the area being under the effects of the Shadow Veil. When this happens, time and distances distort dramatically and the land itself takes on a ferocious nature, the effect is identical to what people would experience if they were in the actual Plane of Shadow. House Alabaster has dedicated most of their resources and influence to researching the cause behind this phenomenon and mitigating the majority of its effects with the use of soldiers from The Chapter of the Argent Archon.
The effects of the Shadow Veil are not generally permanent but may last for up to several weeks before the land reverts to normal. In some instances the effects have been rendered permanent, requiring agents from House Alabaster to investigate the scene and to purge the area, restoring normality. The only place that is completely free from the effects of The Shadow Veil is The Alabaster Isle.