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Telok

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  1. Jedimuppet has a great point about air pressure which I hadn't considered. Unless you were at the exact same altitude and barometric pressure, there would be a breeze. This indicates some sort of barrier. We already know that there's--for lack of a better term--something in a gateway, because shadowspawn can't cross it. If it were truly and literally a simple bridging of two spaces, it would have no effect on anything crossing through it. Given the idea that waygates most definitely have a barrier, it's not a stretch to believe there's some sort of ethereal barrier on gateways used for traveling. Though I do find it odd that shadowspawn *can* travel through waygates--probably a bit of a plot device rewrite a Jordan's part, if you ask me. On the other hand--it's a magic system. How can you argue it? Jordan says shadowspawn can't Travel. My best guess is that he'd also say that air indeed does not cross through a gateway. *shrug* Interesting thought, though.
  2. I accidentally posted this in the other general forum, I realize that it's probably more relevant here. Here's the repost: Okay, this little piece of simple physics hit me like a brick wall the other day. Consider the fact that RJ is very good with obeying physical laws and general rules of common sense in his universe. In his web blogs, RJ has also specifically stated that, opening gateways across stellar distances is possible (if far beyond the knowledge of our 3rd age heroes). So my question for everyone to discuss is this: What would happen if you open a gateway into space? As far as we've been told about gateways, they're literally holes in the air which link two spaces together. The only barrier we've heard of yet on gateways is whatever prevents shadowspawn and/or artificial constructs (like Nym, mabye?) from crossing them. If there is no atmospheric barrier at all, then it would mean by the laws of physics that if you opened a gateway into space, all the pressure of the Earth's atmosphere at that level would blow air (and anything else around) into the vacuum. This would have been quite a weapon in the War of Power. Why spend all that energy moving gateways (Deathgates) around killing shadowspawn when you can just blow them into space. Obviously the insanely dangerous potential for something like this might even make it a sort of forbidden weapon, like baelfire. What would happen if you made a gateway large enough so that small material couldn't clog it, and you tied off the weave? Could the entire atmosphere be blown into space, eventually? Sounds about as nasty in some ways as the temporal paradoxes caused by baelfire. Anyway, food for thought. It'd sure be nice if someone were to actually get an answer about this from Jordan. It seems like an obvious plot mechanic which could be used, unless there were some rule preventing it.
  3. Okay, this little piece of simple physics hit me like a brick wall the other day. Consider the fact that RJ is very good with obeying physical laws and general rules of common sense in his universe. In his web blogs, RJ has also specifically stated that, opening gateways across stellar distances is possible (if far beyond the knowledge of our 3rd age heroes). So my question for everyone to discuss is this: What would happen if you open a gateway into space? As far as we've been told about gateways, they're literally holes in the air which link two spaces together. The only barrier we've heard of yet on gateways is whatever prevents shadowspawn and/or artificial constructs (like Nym, mabye?) from crossing them. If there is no atmospheric barrier at all, then it would mean by the laws of physics that if you opened a gateway into space, all the pressure of the Earth's atmosphere at that level would blow air (and anything else around) into the vacuum. This would have been quite a weapon in the War of Power. Why spend all that energy moving gateways (Deathgates) around killing shadowspawn when you can just blow them into space. Obviously the insanely dangerous potential for something like this might even make it a sort of forbidden weapon, like baelfire. What would happen if you made a gateway large enough so that small material couldn't clog it, and you tied off the weave? Could the entire atmosphere be blown into space, eventually? Sounds about as nasty in some ways as the temporal paradoxes caused by baelfire. Anyway, food for thought. It'd sure be nice if someone were to actually get an answer about this from Jordan. It seems like an obvious plot mechanic which could be used, unless there were some rule preventing it.
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