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The Prohibita, a list of forbidden artefacts, is taken from a larger, multi-volume work known as the Ars Magica. It is cited as one of the seminal works describing portals and teleportation.
|“||The Lara Portal, also known as Benavent's Portal, after its discoverer. Located on the Isle of Thanedd, on the uppermost floor of the Tower of Gulls. A fixed portal, periodically active. Principles of functioning: unknown. Destination: unknown, but probably skewed, owing to damage. Numerous forks or dispersions possible.
Important information: a chaotic and lethally dangerous portal. All experimentation categorically forbidden. Magic may not be used in the Tower of Gulls or in close proximity to it, particularly not teleportation magic. In exceptional cases, the Chapter will examine applications for permission to enter Tor Lara and for inspections of the portal. Applications should be supported by evidence of research work already in progress and of specialisation in the subject area.
Bibliography: Geoffrey Monck, The Magic of Elder Folk; Immanuel Benavent, The Portal of Tor Lara; Nina Fioravanti, The Theory and Practice of Teleportation; Ransant Alvaro, The Gates of Mystery.
Prohibita (list of banned artefacts),
— pg(s). 151, Time of Contempt (UK edition)
In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]
Geralt finds this excerpt in the Salamandra base, near the Circle of Waning Power, where he also finds the second power stone. It mentions Alvaro's Portal. This item can not be picked up, it can only be consulted. The spelling mistake for Thanedd (Thanned) is in the game / item description.
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- Prohibita, list of forbidden artefacts
- Alvaro's Portal, named after its discoverer and found amidst the elven ruins beneath Vizima. One of the few existing stable portals, disassembled and concealed in [sic] when the mages were exiled form [sic] Vizima by King Foltest (see the Thanned Island Incident). It is said that the portal is activated with the Stone of Power.