The coils of the World Serpent
The Great Gates
There exists a system of Gateways which connect the far flung continents of this world together. These gates allow for near instantaneous travel across fast distances. Any gate can connect to any other gate in this world. The gateways are operated by a group known as the Guardians of the Gates. These guardians are the only people who know the secret of operating these gates. The guardians are recluses who do not involve themselves in worldly affairs.
There is a monetary cost to travelling using the gates. The cost is determined by the guardian who controls the particular gateway. No more than twelve people can travel through the gate at any one time. The guardian can refuse entry to gateways as he or she chooses.
The gates vary in form with no two gateways being the same. Some appear as woodland groves, others as stone circles and still others are simply caves.