A result of heavy use of chaosmatter-based weaponry, Paradox Storms are places where reality has been worn thin by saturation with chaos energies. These roving thin spots move around constantly but tend to stay in the same area where they first manifested. Paradox storms are terrible events – they distort natural weather patterns extensively and call into being improbable events of every sort. Rocks rain from the sky, gravity reverses itself, people disappear and don’t reappear for years afterward. There’s no telling what will happen during a paradox storm.
These storms seem to congregate on the edge of the Shattered Dominion, making communication and travel to and from the area very difficult during most of the year. The storms distort radio waves and other forms of long range communication – even ones based on Talent, to a greater or lesser degree. They’ve essentially isolated the entire region for the better part of the last eight decades, allowing the region to develop in relative independence from the outside world.