A Pathfinder is a long wand-like device that allows elves for light leaping, the main mode of transportation for the elves. Pathfinders usually have a colored crystal atop a long, thin stick, allowing light to pass through the facets and create a beam on the ground. Stepping into the beam will take the person to their chosen location. Depending on the light source, color and facets of the crystal, a pathfinder can be made to reach a variety of places. Elves are only allowed to have a pathfinder when they reach a certain point on their nexus, a safety mechanism for elves who are new to the process.


In the first book, Fitz uses a pathfinder to introduce Sophie to the Elvin world. Sophie mockingly refers to it as a "magic wand" and questions the physics behind the device's function.

Where the Known Crystals Lead[edit | edit source]

As previously mentioned, different colors of crystals can lead to different places. The different colored crystals will lead to:

Color Goes To Used By
Clear The Lost Cities Everyone
Blue The Forbidden Cities Restricted to the Council and authorized members of the Nobility
Yellow The Neutral Territories Restricted to the Council and authorized members of the nobility
Black The Gateway to Exile (and other places, depending on how the magsidian crystal is cut) Restricted to the Council and authorized members of the nobility - though the Neverseen have been seen using them
Green Ravagog (and other ogre-related locations) Restriced to the Council and authorized members of the nobility
Opalescent Pink Unknown locations (These crystals are said to have added security measures) Restricted to members of the Black Swan
Purple Alluveterre Restriced to members of the Black Swan
Orange Marintrylla (and other troll-related locations) Restricted to the Council and authorized members of the nobility
Red Gildingham (and other goblin-related locations) Restricted to the Council and authorized members of the nobility
Swirled white, silver & Gold Uses the power of the Prime Sources Restricted to the Council

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