Elven legends state that when the humans began driving the elves from the forests of Cerilia that some of the elven realms "disappeared into Shadow" and a few elves still hope that these elves will return to assist them in reclaiming Cerilia. Realms in the Middle Umbra usually have their own Gauntlet and many are apparently infinite in their own private scope. While many realms in the Middle Umbra resemble the abstract realms of the High Umbra, the important distinction is that the realms of the Middle. It was this aim that caused most elves to break their alliance with Azrai at Deismaar, not, as some. Anuire an scholars of the time suggested, recognition of the nobility of the human spirit. Next, visualize a golden energy of light moving upward from the bottoms of your feet to the top of your head. See it moving over your legs, your hips, your chest, your neck, right up to the top of your head. Many inhabitants trapped in the tainted lands are beginning to migrate to Cerilia through Shadow-gates; these include gnome s, pixies, and other fey creatures that are uneasy in the tainted lands. These creatures will most likely lose many of their magical gifts over time but. Unlike Cerilia the Shadow World was mutable in nature, rivers could change course in moments, mountains rise or fall overnight, days could pass in mere moments or travellers could spend months exploring the shadow world and re-enter Cerilia mere moments after they had left. Currently the Shadow-world is inhabited by many strange and mystical beings. Aside from the nightmare -beasts that form from the dreams of natives to Aebrynnis and dissipate from time to time the realm is home to many Halflings (those who did not migrate to Cerilia. So it is with zones. An individual could walk travel through the Astral Reaches without ever knowing she has just stepped through a zone, or she might enter into the zone and find an entirely new realm of existence within.