Work of the Week #5

One of the main features in Fantasium is the Gateway — a magical portal system created by an ancient race that is shaped like a doorway that allows for instantaneous transport of an individual from one world to another.

gateway

When inactive, the Gateway has its “door” up (as shown above).  Once activated, the “door” slides downwards into a recess in its “floor” and the reddish orb glows.

When the door retreats, it leaves in its wake a bubble-like filament that projects the destination onto itself — allowing the user to see where they’ll end up.

To activate, one punches in a six-character code by tapping on engraved symbols on the Gateway’s “door-frame.”  After the code is entered, tapping the orb actually activates it.

There are 30 symbols, representing the 30 “letters” of the creator-race’s “alphabet”:

gateway script

A symbol can be used more than once in the six-letter code, which means an awful lot of possible code combinations are available to the unwary user.

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