The Great Lie-
The Great Lie is reality as presented. An accepted paradigm wrapped in countless illusions, deceptions, and conspiracies. It is the world handed to humankind; accepted as Gospel Truth by the population at large.
Theorized to be a mystical energy fueled by the primal fears and collective conscious of humankind which renders them blind to the supernatural. The Shroud actively seeks to uphold The Great Lie by interfering with the ability of humankind to recall details of experiences with supernatural realities.
The Shroud also interferes with the magic of Magi. This requires the Mage to be cautious and intentional when using magic; seeking ways to coax reality to bend to their will rather than ripping reality apart and turning everything upside down.
The Shadow is the land of spirits and ghosts. The Shadow reflects the spiritual and emotional landscape of the living world. It is perpetually cast in shadow and light that only seems to make the dark more visible. It coexists with the living world just beyond the Shroud.