A framework, or simply frame, is a term used by Magic users to describe the physical item used in creating a magical gateway, called a Portal. A portal is composed of a framework of some sort with a magic spell placed on the frame, connecting it to the portal network. The portal can send people, animals, or things across any distance instantaneously to another portal in the network.
The word frame is a bit of a misnomer. Any naturally occuring hole, as in a hole in the ground or a cave entrance can serve as a frame, as can two trees where trunks or branches touch. As long as there is a complete "circle" (though the "circle" does not have to actually be circular in shape). Frames can also be constructed.
Frames can be made of any materials, and can be any size. The frame can be as "flimsy" and temporary as a few sticks lashed together to complete the "circle", or as permanent as a carved or mortared stone arch, such as the Calondon Arches in Kaan-dor-vel. Once the frame is constructed, a magic spell is placed on it, connecting it to the portal network.
If the portal is destroyed, or damaged enough that the "circle" of frame is "broken" or incomplete, that portal ceases to be part of the network, and the magical spell placed on it is broken. If the frame is repaired or rebuilt, another spell can be placed on it, and connect it to the network again.
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