In this game mode, players embark on adventures guided by Tall Tales told to them by the Mysterious Stranger. Each of these Tall Tales requires players to solve a series of puzzles and travel to various locations in search of special artifacts. Once the tale has been completed, players earn special cosmetics and other in-game rewards. Below we've put together a complete guide to the very first Sea of Thieves Tall Tale - Shroudbreaker.
With this guide, you should be able to successfully make your way through every part of the Tall Tale and claim the legendary Shroudbreaker. You can check out our other guides to the Anniversary update , including how to fish and cook, here. To find this island, set you marker coordinates to N13 and head there. Once you've found the island, go to the northwest side and dive in the water, You should find the remains of the Magpie's Wing.
Find the Captain's quarters and inside you should locate the Ship's Log. Take it with you. This will unlock the Lost Voyage commendation. After you have the Ship's Log in hand, you're going to be given a series of puzzles that include directions and descriptions of different islands you'll need to visit in order to finally reach the Ancient Chest. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to guide you to the exact location of the chest as the clues are different for each player.
You'll just have to work your way through the island puzzles till you find it. Once you've figured out which island the chest is located at, pay attention to the log's directions to determine which side of the island to jump off of in order to find it. The chest shouldn't be too far from shore. Once you've found the chest, you'll need to take in on the ship to open it. Inside you'll find a Totem.
Not every player will find the same totem. There are six different Totems that players might encounter and depending on which they get will determine the island they must travel to in order to find the Ancient Vault. Once you've arrived at the island, your final task is to find the Ancient Vault.
You'll have to put your totem in the vault's lock in order to open it. The vault's lock doesn't look like a typical lock. It's generally a rectangular shaped space on top of a flat rock that looks kind of like a button. To find the lock, it's a good idea to find areas with rocks.
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Holding your Totem, walk around the rocks and look for a prompt to "Place Totem. If you're really struggling with finding your ancient vault, below is a cheat list of where to find them on each island. Once you've unlocked the vault, you'll receive the Vault of the Ancients commendation. Although the number of sovereign states has increased almost as dramatically as the world's population over the past half-century, the number of wars between states fell fairly continuously during the period.
The number of civil wars rose, then fell. The number of deaths in battle fell by roughly three-quarters. These patterns do not seem to be influenced either by the relentless upward pressure of population, or by the slackening of that pressure as growth decelerates.
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The difference seems to have been caused by fewer post-colonial wars, the ending of cold-war alliances and proxy wars and, possibly, the increase in international peacekeepers. Human activity has caused profound changes to the climate, biodiversity, oceanic acidity and greenhouse-gas levels in the atmosphere.
But it does not automatically follow that the more people there are, the worse the damage. In Americans and Australians emitted almost 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide each. In contrast, more than 60 countries—including the vast majority of African ones—emitted less than 1 tonne per person. Most of the world's population growth in the next 20 years will occur in countries that make the smallest contribution to greenhouse gases. Global pollution will be more affected by the pattern of economic growth—and especially whether emerging nations become as energy-intensive as America, Australia and China.
Population growth does make a bigger difference to food. All things being equal, it is harder to feed 7 billion people than 6 billion. According to the World Bank, between and agricultural productivity will have to increase by two-thirds to keep pace with rising population and changing diets. Moreover, according to the bank, if the population stayed at levels, farm productivity would have to rise by only a quarter, so more future demand comes from a growing population than from consumption per person.
Increasing farm productivity by a quarter would obviously be easier than boosting it by two-thirds. But even a rise of two-thirds is not as much as it sounds. From farm productivity rose far more than this, by over three-and-a-half times. The big problem for agriculture is not the number of people, but signs that farm productivity may be levelling out. The growth in agricultural yields seems to be slowing down. There is little new farmland available.
Water shortages are chronic and fertilisers are over-used. All these—plus the yield-reductions that may come from climate change, and wastefulness in getting food to markets—mean that the big problems are to do with supply, not demand. None of this means that population does not matter. But the main impact comes from relative changes—the growth of one part of the population compared with another, for example, or shifts in the average age of the population—rather than the absolute number of people.
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Of these relative changes, falling fertility is most important. The fertility rate is the number of children a woman can expect to have.
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At the moment, almost half the world's population—3. That number, the so-called replacement rate, is usually taken to be the level at which the population eventually stops growing. The world's decline in fertility has been staggering see chart 2. In the total fertility rate was 4. It is now 2. Bangladesh's rate is 2. Iran's fertility fell from 7 in to just 1. Countries with below-replacement fertility include supposedly teeming Brazil, Tunisia and Thailand.
Much of Europe and East Asia have fertility rates far below replacement levels. The fertility fall is releasing wave upon wave of demographic change. It is the main influence behind the decline of population growth and, perhaps even more important, is shifting the balance of age groups within a population.
A fall in fertility sends a sort of generational bulge surging through a society. The generation in question is the one before the fertility fall really begins to bite, which in Europe and America was the baby-boom generation that is just retiring, and in China and East Asia the generation now reaching adulthood.
To begin with, the favoured generation is in its childhood; countries have lots of children and fewer surviving grandparents who were born at a time when life expectancy was lower. That was the situation in Europe in the s and in East Asia in the s. This happens when there are relatively few children because of the fall in fertility , relatively few older people because of higher mortality previously , and lots of economically active adults, including, often, many women, who enter the labour force in large numbers for the first time.
It is a period of smaller families, rising income, rising life expectancy and big social change, including divorce, postponed marriage and single-person households. But there is a third stage.
At some point, the gilded generation turns silver and retires. Now the dividend becomes a liability. There are disproportionately more old people depending upon a smaller generation behind them. Population growth stops or goes into reverse, parts of a country are abandoned by the young and the social concerns of the aged grow in significance. This situation already exists in Japan. It is arriving fast in Europe and America, and soon after that will reach East Asia.
A demographic dividend tends to boost economic growth because a large number of working-age adults increases the labour force, keeps wages relatively low, boosts savings and increases demand for goods and services. Part of China's phenomenal growth has come from its unprecedentedly low dependency ratio—just 38 this is the number of dependents, children and people over 65, per working adults; it implies the working-age group is almost twice as large as the rest of the population put together.
One study by Australia's central bank calculated that a third of East Asia's GDP growth in came from its favourable demography. About a third of America's GDP growth in also came from its increasing population. The world as a whole reaped a demographic dividend in the 40 years to In there were 75 dependents for every adults of working age. In the number of dependents dropped to just Huge improvements were registered not only in China but also in South-East Asia and north Africa, where dependency ratios fell by 40 points.
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A demographic dividend does not automatically generate growth. It depends on whether the country can put its growing labour force to productive use. In the s Latin America and East Asia had similar demographic patterns. One of the biggest questions for Arab countries, which are beginning to reap their own demographic dividends, is whether they will follow East Asia or Latin America.
But even if demography guarantees nothing, it can make growth harder or easier. National demographic inheritances therefore matter. And they differ a lot. Hania Zlotnik, the head of the UN's Population Division, divides the world into three categories, according to levels of fertility see map.
About a fifth of the world lives in countries with high fertility—3 or more. Most are Africans. Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, is one of the fastest-growing parts of the world. In it had half the population of Europe. It overtook Europe in , and by there will be just under 2 billion people there compared with m Europeans.
About half of the 2. The rest of the world is more or less equally divided between countries with below-replacement fertility less than 2.