In the setting I am working on there is a sort of "subspace" torrent of energy (called Essence) that wraps around the world. Imagine magical, and definite, lines of latitude. This torrent of energy is directly responsible for increasing the rate of planetary rotation, as the planet originally took months to complete a day cycle. The passage of time eventually resulted in day and night cycles similar to Earth and thus allowing for Earth-like life.
Once the day/night cycle stabilized, somewhat regularly spaced intervals in these torrents of essence appeared, shockingly near lines of longitude. These intervals were places where the boundary between subspace and the world are thin enough that Essence has passively bled into the world, imparting magic to the peoples and creatures inhabiting it.
One of the nations in my setting, a totally-not-expansionist-Republican-Rome,is the first to successfully figure out how to safely open portals into the torrents of essence and emerge out of a portal downstream. They are reliably able to choose the number of intervals that they want to travel down before exiting. However, they are unable to use the Phaseways (as the peoples in the setting refer to it) to travel in the direction they came. Short one way trip, return trip much longer.
Question to ponder:
- If travelers are ejected from the Phaseways like a bat out of hell, imagine 60+ mph, are there precautions (wagons, etc) that could realistically survive such a forceful ejection?
Please assume a baseline of no magic aside from being able to manipulate the portals. Said portals can be opened however wide or as long as necessary for the application intended, maxing out at about 1 hour per attempt. Feel free to add commentary on how magic could spice things up.
Thank you so much!