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How do you get out of the Hedge?

To quote the core rule book:

To escape the Hedge, a changeling either needs to find an active (not necessarily open) gateway, or find a suitable door, archway, mirror or what-have-you to make into a gateway.

What is an "active gateway"?

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Definitions:

  • Gateway: any door/arch/reflective surface; can be opened by spending a point of glamour
  • Active Gateway: a gateway that has been opened before. Can be reopened, either by spending a point of glamour, or by succeeding a Wyrd roll. [Active gateways can be recognised/found from the hedge side (see below) or, if you have the hedge gate sense Merit from Rites of Spring, from the mortal side as well.]
  • Open Gateway: a gateway that is currently open. A gateway remains open for a number of turns equal to the Wyrd of the opening changeling after it has finished being used.

Leaving the hedge: You may leave the hedge though a Open gateway. This could be an active gateway found with some effort from inside the hedge (Wits + Investigation + Wyrd; see page 218 of Changeling: The Lost) which you then must open, either with glamour or a Wyrd roll.

Or it could be a new gateway — a reflective puddle, an arch of thorns, or if you are lucky, the hedge analogue of a door or arch that exists in the real world. If you open a new gateway, then it will dump you out somewhere around where you expect though some exit. (That's assuming you are where you think you are: see "navigating the hedge" on p. 219 of the CtL core.)

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Gateways are places that you can move between the Hedge and other "realms", and being active means that it could be used. A active gateway could be used by anyone that finds their way into the Hedge, where an inactive one might have had its power drained, or possibly require a key.

To use the example of a door: If it is active, stepping through it would transport the person into the material realm. Alternatively, if it is inactive, stepping through that door would have no special effect.

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your answer is good and helpful. it's helped me get a understanding of it. I cam to a fuller understanding after reading your answer plus the section in the book 4 times, and then the section on hollow doors in RoS –  Lyndon 'Frames' White Dec 28 '10 at 4:22
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