The ones the world forgot, again and again.The Veil is a force or order that hides magic from the mundane world. Like gravity, it pulls memories, thoughts, and evidence down into a murky fog of forgetfulness. The Veiled Ones are a rare few who never emerge again but are doomed to be forgotten by the world.
At least no one will remember to miss me when I'm gone.When the Veil wraps around a person, they rot away from memories. Police reports go missing or are misfiled, strange events rationalized, witness accounts warped before the first word even leaves their mouth. But those who become Veiled get stuck in that loop. People can't seem to remember their face or name, accounts start going dead or suffer Bitrot, surveillance cameras never seem to get a good angle, and so on. The Veiled Ones are forgotten, step by step.
It doesn't get better from there.Early on, Veiled Ones are just forgettable. Memories of them can last weeks, even months, before fading away. As time passes, they slip further away from the world, with some Veiled Ones becoming so disconnected that just turning your back to them lets them slip from your mind. It is a process that takes years, and at the end of it, no trace of their existence remains in the Prime.
Magi and magical beings have no trouble remembering Veiled Ones, creating a tendency for them to make odd friendships.Almost every Walker runs into the Veil at some point - there are too many humans around now, too many cameras, too much surveillance - but few become Veiled Ones. It isn't clear exactly how or why it happens, but most Magi believed some particularly egregious act of blatant magic invoked such a harsh response from the Veil as to permanently erase the one who committed it. It isn't a theory without its opponents or logical inconsistencies, but common enough for many magi to view Veiled Ones with suspicion. If they fucked up that bad once, they might do it again.
Don't worry, I've forgotten how to feel alone.Many Veiled Ones retreat from the world that has discarded them, and spend all of their time in the Shadow. Even then, the real world is not so easily forgotten, and every Veiled One must come to terms that no one in their past life remains. No matter how close they might've been to their parents, siblings, lovers, or mortal friends, such relationships are forever severed - every time they meet, they see only a stranger for the first time. Even so, a wizard has to eat, and the Veiled Ones have not been forgotten by hunger.
What Is The Veil?
In a world of omnipresent cameras, cellphones, and ever-more intrusive surveillance, the Veil still keeps things secret.
What Is Bitrot?
When things go missing in your code, you can always blame bitrot.
What Is The Shadow?
Like an oily stain across reality, the Shadow co-exists with the real world and hides monsters of magic.