One of the unexpected side effects of the Maddening was that the contact with the Far Realm seems to have gifted some people, of all races, with unusual mental abilities, somewhat akin to the powers of arcane magic, but drawing from an internal reservoir of power rather than the arcane energies of the world. I believe that the creation of the Kalashtar is closely linked with this phenomenon, as these mentalists are particularly common among their people. The Kalashtar, who I have tentatively classified as an entirely new race, were human at the time of the cataclysm. However, something in the touch of the Outside awakened, or perhaps implanted, something in their minds and bodies. Those affected were exclusively human, of no particular background, or residency, and most have continued as best they can with the skills they had before, though through conversations with their acquaintances I have found that most became more contemplative and calm than they had been. I will continue to keep a wary eye on this new people to see what other surprises the Far Realm has in store.