The Devil's Shroud

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The Devil's Shroud, also better known by its community given name The Red Sea, is a shrouded boundary of the Sea of Thieves. Anyone who enter becomes disorientated and will end up lost within the fog, while it slowly corrodes all not-living organic matter and man-made materials that it touches. The environment starts to become dark and ominous with black clouds that blackout the sun, as the sky and the sea themselves become as red as blood. Soon, haunting and eerie sounds can be heard as the ship begins to break apart and sink.

In-game, the shroud continuously damages the ship and respawns the player to a new ship if they manage to sail too far. The shroud occasionally shifts back and forth across the land, but the only known power that can dispel the shroud is the Shroudbreaker totem, an artifact used by the Ancients to expand the hospitable sea.

Lore[edit | edit source]

In the Sea of Thieves Lore/Art Book and the Sea of Thieves Comic the Devil’s Shroud is described as an ominous grey fog bank surrounding entirety the Sea of Thieves. Anyone who enter this becomes disorientated and will end up lost within the fog, while the fog slowly corrodes all not-living organic matter and man-made materials that it touches. The Devil's Shroud acts as a foggy border between the outside world and the Sea Of Thieves.

It is possible to for smaller vessels to navigate through the shroud by hidden unseen routes, if a ship is too large then it is unable to travel through these routes without corroding and sinking due to the shroud's effects. This size factor is one of the key reasons why the Grand Maritime Union are yet to invade and roam the Sea Of Thieves. The first pirates to cross the shroud mapped out routes of the shroud which were safe, these maps and routes would later be leaked into and sold in taverns outside of the Sea Of Thieves leading to the large number of pirates and trading countries inhabiting the seas in-game.

It is known that the shroud itself ebbs and flows like a living being, swallowing up areas into it's corrosive and deadly fog and spitting out new areas. It is stated in Athena's Fortune that Tribute Peak was once the centre of the Wilds, from the current in-game map we can see that the shroud has swallowed up Tribute Peak and the majority of other land which once was apart of the Wilds.