World of Darkness - Alpha Network
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- The Magical barrier, boundary or border that separates the Known world from the Shadow World. Some call this transitory region as the “Gloom”, Twilight or “Dusk” though that may well be entirely incorrect as Twilight refers to a transition of consciousness and state of Being rather than location.
- The Gauntlet, also referred to as the Wall in the Middle Kingdom, is the barrier surrounding material reality, separating it from the Umbra. The Gauntlet waxes and wanes over the centuries, and often from location to location, but the last 200 years have seen a stiffening of the spiritual barrier, most likely related to the increasing influence of the Technocratic paradigm.
Different Umbrae have different Gauntlets, that usually overlap (or may be the same thing). The Gauntlet of the Dark Umbra is called the Shroud, while the Gauntlets of the Middle and High Umbra are often simply called “Gauntlets”. The Umbrae of Earth are separated from the Far Umbra through a Gauntlet-like phenomenon called the Horizon.
- The Gauntlet (also referred to as the Scar, the Wall, the Cage, the Barricade or God’s Hands) separates the Shadow Realm from the Realms Material and is in a constant flux depending on location and supernatural activity.
The Gauntlet was created during The Sundering, in the Neolithic Age. Uratha Legends hold that the death of Father Wolf was what solidified the Border Reaches of Pangaea into the spiritual dimension that it is today. In fact, the decay of the Border Reaches had begun much earlier, with Urfahrah’s death as the final straw that drove the world apart.
Mages refer to it as one of the Realms Invisible. Manipulation of The Gauntlet falls under the Spirit Arcanum. Breaches in The Gauntlet are called Verges and allow for a short interaction with the strange beings that exist inside this inhospitable dimension.
- That realm which acts as a barrier or wall between our world and the other worlds…
This region, a realm in it’s own right though it is considered to be a manufactured construction of unknown origin, is known by many names including The Wall by the Wan-Kui, the Shroud by Wraiths and the Horizon by the Technocracy. Some Mages argue that it is this Gauntlet which brought down the Veil on humanity and is responsible for the Gloom or Twilight our Reality exists within.