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The Shroud is a dimension composed of pure psionic power that came into being in the beginning of time. Every psionically gifted being will have visited it at some point in their dreams, without necessarily knowing it. The Shroud appears as a surrealistic realm where the laws of nature do not apply and thus it contains many mysterious beings and strange things, including ethereal beings, a mysterious coven, illusions and other strange manifestations.
Breaching the Shroud
The Shroud is only accessible to spacefaring civilizations who have picked the Transcendence ascension perk.
Shortly after acquiring the ascension perk, the "Breaching the Shroud" special project becomes available and the following message appears:
"Like a muffled whisper in a dark room, the Shroud calls to us from within our minds. It is a primordial realm of pure psychic energy that came into being at the dawn of time. All creatures that have been gifted with psionic abilities tap into the Shroud in some way to draw power, even if only subconsciously.
Since our transcendence, we have begun to see the Shroud with greater clarity. There are patterns where once even our strongest telepaths could see only a formless mass of swirling energy. There are... other things, as well. Spirits of a sort, that gaze back on us from the other side. Sometimes with curiosity, sometimes with kindness... and sometimes with malice.
We are still in the process of learning the extent of our new powers, but it may be possible for us to commune with these spirits. It will require the combined efforts of our most powerful telepaths."
Upon completing the special project, the Shroud is added to the contact menu and another message appears:
"The Shroud. It is unbelievably strange and unsettling, but also... immediately familiar. Anyone with psionic powers will have seen this place in their dreams, though they likely did not know it at the time.
We linger now at the precipice of this realm, not far from the empty void of the Inbetween that serves as the boundary between here and normal space - or what we would call the real world.
To venture deeper into the Shroud will require great effort on the part of our telepaths, as well as a large amount of energy. We must not dally... even now, we are being watched."
Venturing into the Shroud
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When venturing into the Shroud one of several visions is presented. Afterwards, the "Mustering Psionic Strength" cooldown modifier is added for 1800 days.
A Shroud Avatar can be summoned as a reward that can be obtained inside the Shroud. Alternatively, a Corrupted Shroud Avatar can appear if the outcome of a vision wasn't a success.