Warped Gates

"Do you remember a void area..."

Discussion between Rialian and Silvaerin'a mid-February 1997:

===Do you remember any sort of "void area" after getting out of the gates? I remember being stuck in the warping gates for a while, and have a dream-memory of a "limbo"-like area. -- Rialian

"What I remember is going into the gates, feeling this incredible wrongness, and then waking up out of a coma (at least I think I was in a coma) some time later being able to sense, but not actually use magic. It's like we have a secondary nervous system underlying our primary one which allows us to access and use magic. I was fortunate (if you can call it that) in that I wasn't killed like so many others were. This secondary nervous system in me was effectively burnt out. There is a song by Queensryche (I know from your web page that they are one of your favorite bands - mine too.) called No Sanctuary that details this." -- Silvaerin'a

===I do know I was connected to your homeland, and that I was a sort of diplomat/scout, who had some talent with the gates, as I recall. Whatever happened, I believe I have a block in reference to it, and I am sorry if I am very vague and annoying about it... I hope this helps...Do you have any memories that would make sense with this? -- Rialian

"Here's a thought. What if residual gate energy is causing the problems. This could be particularly true with those of us who actually worked on the gates. It could also be that the "Entity", the really nasty one, affected the gates so that this would happen now - so that we wouldn't be able to remember. This seems important." -- Silvaerin'a

===Makes sense... One of the memories I do have is getting though the gate, and needing to spike it shut as something came in with me, and it was not a really good idea to let it through. I was in the warp of a gate as it fell apart, and there was something else there, it was not a shadow-beast or shard, as seems to be a more appropriate name for them. I was under the impression that it was following, and I was the last one in before it hit the area of the gate...It shattered the form, and I had the last bit of it to shatter shut as it came through...I believe I stamped it out and was good at letting the gate be closed out...I still get the feeling the gate was "spiked" shut as I went out of the way...I remember doing it. I think I have some feeling the memory jam I have is connected to a previous event, and that it was actually the events that happened in the gate that built the wall, taking the previous event as a foundation, as it were... -- Rialian

"Are you sure it came in with you, or was it already there? I don't know, something tells me that it was already in the gate matrix - I think this is the same entity that the Robes were trying to control and it influenced them as to astral placement, so to speak. I KNOW I remember a feeling of incredible wrongness with the gate. I wonder how much of it can be attributed to the gate matrix itself and how much can be attributed to the entity. That explains why most of us feel the gate as being closed, though I think it is still active. Personally, I think we should completely dismantle the original, simply on the grounds of safety: If the entity has screwed with some of us we don't accidently want to link any new gate to the current matrix to free It. " -- Silvaerin'a

===I seem to recall it was coming in after...like something reaching into the gate to get through, though perhaps the memory is speaking of the area within the gate, as the area between the gates, rather than on either side...A bit confused, as you see, but I do have a feeling of following rather than the case of it being there waiting. Perhaps it was in the matrix itself, and came through the casement of the gate, rather than being integral to the form itself?...so the gate itself being fine, but the outer arc being influenced?...Feels closer, but not exact... -- Rialian

It's possible. I could have been sensing the matrix itself. I think I went through the main nexus port, which would have amplified everything. Something tells me that it was already in the gate matrix - I think this is the same entity that the Robes were trying to control and it influenced them as to astral placement, so to speak. I KNOW I remember a feeling of incredible wrongness with the gate. I wonder how much of it can be attributed to the gate matrix itself and how much can be attributed to the entity. If it was in the matrix, it could have attempted to come in after you personally. It would have sensed that you were a threat, not only from gleanings from the Robes, but to itself. I think a lot of us had this problem. -- Silverin'a

===The gate feels unaffected, but the opening outside was off...not sure how to say it...like the outer ring was entwined, though the inner ring was unable to be affected direct...this may be why we are free, rather than ill-effected...It came in when the gate was shutting down, trying to get in to the place we went. Might be that different gates were affected differently.(I am sorry if this is all confusing...I am writing stream of consciousness, so my editing is a bit off)... -- Rialian

I think that might have been because each gate was set up by a different team (if I am not mistaken, they were raised simultaneously) who had no idea of the true purpose for the gate matrix, and therefor individual gates weren't affected. However, they are all still linked to the matrix. I suspect that the closer the individual nexus was to the main source, the more affected it was - it would have had a lot to do with who was going through each nexus, rather than physical displacement. Remember, the Robes wouldn't have cared how many "innocents" got in the way. I think that might have been because each gate was set up by a different team (if I am not mistaken, they were raised simultaneously) who had no idea of the true purpose for the gate matrix, and therefor individual gates weren't affected. However, they are all still linked to the matrix.-- Silvaerin'a

===I think the feeling that the gate is shut is because there is simply not just one opening we used. They (the robes/council) linked the gates as a centralized hub, each of the gates were linked to a control node (Dumb idea....too easy to warp). We may have all gone through different nodes, some more free than others. Some gates (most, probably) were closed as the system went down.. -- Rialian


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