Teleportation (film universe)

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For the spells from the main universe, see Teleportation.

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Medivh preparing to complete a teleportation spell

Teleportation is the magical art of near instantaneously transporting matter from one place to another. The art may be related to portal magic.

Teleportation is not taught by the Kirin Tor, possibly due to its inherent danger.[1] Despite this, the Guardian Medivh is well-versed in its use, presumably having learned the art in the years following his formal training in Dalaran.

Functionality

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Teleportation appears to require first magically defining the area in which the spell is to take effect. This is achieved through runic markings, typically placed on the ground beneath the target area. The runes can be marked using mundane materials, even charcoal.[2] For smaller areas, powerful mages can create the teleportation circle with a simple wave of their hand.[3]

Once the circle is complete, the mage speaks an incantation to start the spell, and gathers the strands of magic in their hand, as if taking the reins of a horse.[4] The magic forms a dome, bubble or sphere over the target area, crackling with the blue-white light of arcane energy. Once the mage completes the spell, the subjects almost instantly travel to the target destination, although it may take a moment to adjust to the new location.[1]

History

Khadgar preparing to teleport himself and Lothar to Karazhan

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Medivh used teleportation to swiftly transport himself, Khadgar and Anduin Lothar from Karazhan to Stormwind, following his being summoned by the King Llane. He first etched runic symbols at each of the four compass points, and drew a circle in the earth with the end of his staff. Gathering the luminous strands in his hand, he delicately drew up the magic until he held it over his head, and then brought his arm down with a swift, precise movement, causing the strands to leap and join into a crackling dome, illuminating the area with a bright blue glow.[1] Once Khadgar and Lothar stepped into the circle, Medivh completed the spell, startling the guards in the Stormwind throne room into which the three suddenly appeared.

Khadgar creating a teleportation circle for Medivh's golem

Medivh later used teleportation to send his daughter Garona Halforcen back to Stormwind, to be with the grieving Lothar following the death of his son Callan. He created the circle with an effortless movement of his hands, perhaps due to his recent bathing in Karazhan's magical font. Once Garona stepped into the circle, the spell activated itself without command, although this may have been triggered by the gift of a flower crafted of magical energy, given to her by Medivh, which she accepted from him.[3]

Despite not knowing of the magic until his first encounter with Medivh, Khadgar seems to learn the art quickly, making use of it a short while later to teleport himself and Lothar to Karazhan to defeat the possessed Guardian, drawing on the prison floor with a piece of burned wood from a brazier. Once in the tower, Khadgar creates another circle to teleport Medivh's golem, bringing an end to the Guardian's life.

Notes

  • Medivh claims teleportation is not taught by the Kirin Tor because they fear it, and says that they should, since it is very dangerous.[1]

Trivia

  • Anduin Lothar appears to dislike travelling by teleportation, and can be seen just before the spell completes clenching his fists and scrunching up his face, apparently to brace himself for the spell's effects.[2]

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