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I'm working on writing some fluff for a Ulthwe force and it involves some time spent in the webway. Can anyone tell me about the webway? Does it have air? can you walk? I'm fairly sure the portals vary in size if they do how big or small can they get?
Thanks in advance!
I always envisioned it as a massive network of glowing ectoplasmic pipes.
I always envision the Webway as a network of tunnels outlined by a kind of electric-green thread. If you've ever played any of the old arcade games like Battlezone or Tempest you'll know what I mean. I imagine it must have some kind of ground inside, like floating pieces of rock or something because Ahriman and friends fought against the Eldar inside it (at least, I always assumed they were fighting inside the Webway). Other than that, it can really appear however you want because it is similar to the Warp with regards to how people see it (although Webway travel is much more stable than Warp travel).
Whenever I think of the webway I think of stargate.
I imagine its something akin to that which allows the ultra fast movement between planets it is famous for.
I don't think one would walk the webway, merely step into it and appear out the other side.
Well, there HAS to be some way to walk in there, because Eldar like the Harlequins are famous for hiding in the webway before fighting, and as said before, Ahriman and the Eldar fought inside the webways.Originally Posted by The_Outsider
It's ultrafast, I believe, because time inside the webway passes in a completely different manner than the time in realspace. Welcome to the warp!
Yeah good point, but thats what it makes me think of.
Some eldar craftworlds happen to live in the webway thus it won't be something like step in and walk directly out at the other end.
I think it's something like The EOT but than in an other dimension.
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In Black Library books I've read, the webway is a place where you actually walk and navigate your way through the tunnels. You can fight in the Webway, breath in it, and wait in it, even bring vehicles though it. In some places the webway is big enough to let Eldar Starships or even Craftworlds through, and in some places its only big enough to let people through. It's possible to get lost in the webway if you dont know your way, and it takes special routes and certain order of turns to get to certain places. It helps to be psychic, as it allows you to use your powers to guide your way.
Often times, you have to exit the webway and travel on a planet to another gate to get to where you need to go. You have to be careful when coming out of a webway portal that hasn't be used in a long time as well. The webway portal could be underwater, hidden on a planet that is taken over by the Tyranids, hidden in the middle of a gigantic battle, or other dangerous places. Webways are invisible to those without extra senses, unless they are damaged. This is why the Eldar can appear mysteriously and vanish quickly.
I think the webway was described as a glowing tunnel of light, and I imagine the walls of the tunnel as glittering blue like the surface of water. I dont think it actually has solid dimentions, but instead is a flexible wormhole that shifts. Thus the Eldar can create new Webways or expand on ones that are already in use.
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These replies are great. I would like to add an additional question for your eldar fluff buffs out there. What are the known entrances/exits to the webway.
A fine example of a one page summary of the locations seen in chaos child (final novel in the inquisition wars by Ian Watson...)Originally Posted by Ebon Hand
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