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Portal Stone

A wilder preparing to use a portal stone.

Portal Stones are large gray stone cylinders covered in hundreds of archaic characters, each symbol corresponding to another stone in the 'network.' Those wielding the One Power can use them to travel to other realities or other possible timelines or simply other locations in the real world, by channeling into the appropriate symbol. The symbols on the top half of the portal stone lead to other realities/timelines, while the symbols on the bottom half of the portal stone lead to other locations in the real world.

Portal stone symbols that lead to worlds that the Aes Sedai studied so they could create the Ways.
Portal Stone—Down Arrow Inside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Left Arrow Inside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Up Arrow Inside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Right Arrow Inside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Down Arrow Outside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Left Arrow Outside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Up Arrow Outside Circle Symbol
Portal Stone—Right Arrow Outside Circle Symbol

Study of portal stones paved the way for the formation of the Ways[1]; perhaps the Ways are even in another, otherwise empty world, found by a portal stone. No one is sure; Aes Sedai have long forgotten.

On the continent of Seanchan, portal stones were used to bring back creatures such as grolm and raken from other worlds to aid in the fight against Shadowspawn; these animals are now a regular part of the Seanchan army.

Portal stones are believed to have been made in the First Age, theorized by Rand al'Thor and the Aes Sedai.

Portal-icon

Portal Stone chapter icon

Usage in modern timesEdit

Portal Stone—True World Symbol

The portal stone symbol for returning to the True World.

Lanfear, traveling as Selene, uses a portal stone to transport Rand, Loial, and Hurin to a parallel world while they are sleeping. In this new world Rand's party follows a trail where the Trollocs they are hunting in their world will be. Later, under the encouragement of Lanfear/Selene, Rand uses another of these strange columns to take them back to their world.

Portal Stone—Toman Head Symbol

Verin suggested using this portal stone symbol to get to Toman Head, but Rand eventually chose another.

When Rand is trying to get to Falme, he uses a portal stone again, but accidentally moves them forward in time about four months.

In The Shadow Rising Rand uses yet another of these portal stones to transport himself and his party of Aiel from Tear to a portal stone near Rhuidean.

In Towers of Midnight a male channeler, possibly acting on Graendal's orders, uses a portal stone to transport Trollocs and Myrddraal to attack the Whitecloak army on the Jehannah Road. [2]

Known Locations Edit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Great Hunt, Chapter 37
  2. 2.0 2.1 Towers of Midnight, Chapter 41
  3. The Great Hunt, Chapter 11
  4. The Great Hunt, Chapter 17
  5. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 22
  6. The Great Hunt, Chapter 36
  7. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 22

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