They are not fixed, and in my opinion need to be completely eliminated, unless along with fixing them severe penalities are imposed for using them. here is why I think that way:
ok firstly your vision would be hindered, no matter how you look at it, at the very least you would have perefial (sp) vision, and therefore your perception should be reduced substantially.
unless your naked under the shroud your snaps, zippers, buttons, pistols, swords, gear, whatever is going to get caught up in your shroud, hindering movement big time. �ever try using something with your hands with a sheet over your head? yeah, it's possible, but not to any degree of proficiency, it would make it much easier for you to drop things, and misfire weapons, and HOW IN THE HELL COULD YOU PICKPOCKET SOMEONE? really now stop and think about this. �your wearing a shroud you go to stick your hand in somebodies pocket, now unless your target is the least perceptive person on the planet, and drunk out of his mind on top of that, even the best thief would not be able to steal your shit without you noticing. oh yes and my above example was with a thin sheet, if I'm not mistaken a shroud is described as being thick material (so now go try to handle shit with a thick comforter over your hands, even more difficult, and pickpocketing, definately impossible) �
another thing, shrouds hang below your feet, so if you are attempting combat, you would be lucky, or extremely skilled not to trip and fall over your face, hell I could take on someone twice my size and skill if they had a blanket over them just by wrapping them up in it. �
I could go on and on, but I think my point is taken. �my charcter hasn't used a shroud for months, and will not probibaly ever use one again, I would wear a ski mask type of thing, hell invest in a set of clothes you never wear, except when wearing a ski mask, or hell get some generic clothes from the clothing depo. slap on a ski mask and bingo you still have full use of all of your skills.
I would love to see shrouds banned, though honestly I don't see it happening, so please place some restrictions on shroud users, no pickpocketing, no combat, or severe negatives to combat. �maybe when hiding a decent chance to trip and fall totally revealing yourself. �and some negatives on your stats.
just my opinion, though I think a pretty realistic one, I'm sure people will disagree so those of you who see where I'm coming from back me up here.