The Ways is a world created by channelers that is connected to the primary world through Waygates. Traversing the Ways allows for huge distances to be traversed in a short amount of time, but it comes with a huge amount of danger.
Due to their extreme danger, hardly anybody uses the Ways to travel, usually being only used when there is extreme pressure to travel somewhere quickly. The Ways can allow someone to traverse a continent in the space of a single day.
The Ways may be opened by channeling, but channeling inside the Ways itself attracts the attention of Machin Shin. There exists an artefact which allows Waygates to be opened without the use of channeling.
The Ways were built in the time when legendary knowledge of the One Power still existed, and its passages connected the many steddings of the Ogier. The Ways were once filled with light and lush vegetation, and it was a paradise for the nature-loving Ogier. Fruit trees and flowers were always in season and blooming, and there was always food for those traveling through the Ways. However, at some point, the Ways became corrupted. They became bleak and lifeless, and were haunted by an evil entity known as Machin Shin.
Shortly before Winternight in 998 NE, the Guidings began to be defaced by agents of the Shadow, and Shadowspawn began to use the Ways. This allowed the Two Rivers to be attacked by Shadowspawn, far away from where they are usually found in the Borderlands or Great Blight itself.
Moiraine Damodred decides to use the Ways to travel from Tar Valon to the Eye of the World with the five potential Dragons Reborn, Rand al'Thor, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Egwene al'Vere, and Nynaeve al'Meara. After being exiled from the White Tower, she gathers the five before the Tar Valon Waygate with Lan Mandragoran and Loial, and uses the One Power to open the Waygate. Seven of the party of eight enter the Ways, but the Waygate closes before Mat can enter.
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Changes from the book series
The Ways are adapted from the (book spoilers!) from the book series.