Shadows Beneath Shadows
Hoffmann Institute researchers claim that the ebb and flow of psychic, arcane, and even cryptozoological phenomena throughout history is connected to the presence of a mysterious and undetectable substance known as “dark matter.” As the level of dark matter in a particular region of the galaxy – dubbed “the Dark Tide” by Hoffmann scientists – rises, the occurrence of paranormal events increases dramatically, and vice versa.
Some researchers claim that the Dark Tide’s rise and fall also influences the pace of cultural and technological advances. Apparently, just as this Dark Tide unlocks previously hidden psychic talents, makes ancient magic rituals function once again, and triggers strange biological mutations, it also enhances human creativity and ingenuity.
Unfortunately, these Dark Tides don’t tend to end well. Without fail, they result in strife, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events before ebbing away into history. Hoffmann researchers suggest that the destruction of Atlantis, the fall of the last Egyptian dynasty, and the Crusades themselves can all be traced to high-water marks of the Dark Tide.
Of course, dark matter itself can’t be measured, but its effects on the world can be tracked and theorized. After decades of painstaking investigations around the globe, the Hoffmann Institute has come to the conclusion that the latest rise of the Dark Tide, which began more than two centuries ago, threatens to reach the highest levels in recorded history. The explosion of unexplained events, sightings of unidentified creatures, and sheer weirdness over the past few decades point to an inescapable conclusion: The world is heading for a catastrophe of titanic proportions.
The ultimate goal of the Hoffmann Institute, then is a simple one: Ensure that humanity survives the cosmic shift that is soon due.
Strangers encountered thus far: