Vox Machina's ability to cross the Gate indicates that it is permeable to mortals, though not to deities.
Structure of the Divine Gate Edit
The Divine Gate resembles a burning tapestry suspended in the blackness of the Astral Sea. It is filled with many portals. It is an esoteric, non-Euclidean structure that is a barrier between the Prime Material Plane and everything else. The Feywild and the Shadowfell border closest to the Prime Material Plane, but there is still a fine veil between them based on the Divine Gate.
The Planes of Existence Edit
Vox Machina was able to visit many of the Planes of Existence without apparently passing through the Gate:
- The Material Plane itself
- The Elemental Planes of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water
- The Feywild
- The Shadowfell
- The Far Realm
Using Keyleth's Plane Shift spell, Vox Machina encountered and passed through the Gate during their visits to each of the following:
- The Nine Hells.
- Elysium, using the tuning fork gifted by Sarenrae
- Ioun's secret home plane, using Sprigg
- The Plane Shift spell took longer than usual in this case, possibly because this hidden plane was more distant than the planes they had previously visited.
The Astral Sea Edit
This space between the planes is the matrix in which the Gate and the planes are suspended.
The ascension of Vecna in "The Endless Atheneeum" (1x106) presented a new problem for Exandria. Vecna did not need to cross the Gate to enter Exandria; he simply achieved godhood on the mortal side of it. This marked the first time since the Gate's construction that a deity had had free reign in the mortal world.
Furthermore, when the gods last clashed during the Calamity, they were all fighting on the same plane. During Vecna's ascention, the Prime Deities could not physically join in the fight, as they were still held back by the Gate. So, not only was Vecna a god on the wrong side of the Gate; he was also a god unchecked by any other gods.
- ↑ See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (1x91) from 1:15:00 through 1:15:55.
- ↑ See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) from 3:19:40 through 3:20:51.
- ↑ See "Explorer's Guide to Wildemount Q&A and Fireside Chat with Matthew Mercer" (Sx53) at 1:03:33.
- ↑ See "Explorer's Guide to Wildemount Q&A and Fireside Chat with Matthew Mercer" (Sx53) at 1:04:35.
- ↑ See "Thar Amphala" (1x101) at 2:29:38.
- ↑ See "The Endless Atheneeum" (1x106) from 3:36:55 through 3:38:30.
- ↑ See "The Search for Grog" (Sx42) from 1:20:55 through 1:21:30.
- ↑ See "Unfinished Business" (1x100). The dead cultist's answer to Pike's question, near the end of the episode.