The Ways (or Waypoints or Way Nexuses) are pathways through the Nevernever accessible to mortals.
A wizard can open a gateway to the Nevernever from one location in the mortal world, follow one of these paths a short distance, and open another gateway to a point in the mortal world that would have taken much longer to reach through traditional methods. The Ways may change from decade to decade.
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: Summer Knight (novel)
In Summer Knight, The Senior Council, at Rashid's suggestion, to give Harry a task in which he must secure The Ways for the White Council through Winter's territories by fulfilling the Winter Queen, Mab's request.
- Main article: Dead Beat
In Dead Beat, Captain Anastasia Luccio tells Harry about how Red Court pursued the Wardens in retreat bearing numerous wounded on The Ways through Faerie and had called up Outsiders and demons. Ebenezar McCoy and Martha Liberty arrived to buy time for the Merlin and the Gatekeeper created a large solid shield to block an army of Reds. They are all certain that the Faerie Courts will retaliate against the Reds.
- Main article: Turn Coat
In Turn Coat, when Harry took a way to White Council headquarters, he was accosted by a group of giant spiders aligned with the Winter Court. Ebenezar McCoy says that their people (the Council) have been harassed several times over the past few months.
- Main article: Changes
The Leanansidhe gives Harry Dresden the gem his mother, Margaret LeFay, left him. It hold the sum of her knowledge of the Ways: every path, shortcut, or connection. Margaret developed the skill to predict where they would be in the future. Very few of the Fae can say as much.
Gard opens a way by simply using a rune-carved knife to cut the fabric of reality.
Ebenezar McCoy tells Harry that Arianna Ortega laced White Council headquarters with some kind of disease. They're not only restarting The War, they're trying to decapitate the Council. With Headquarters out, they lose The Way nexus around Edinburgh making a counterstrike extremely difficult.
Harry takes his rescue team through the Ways using his mother's jewel. They see some spectacular sights: Nevernever: a menhir with Margaret's pentangle that she carved herself; Mortal World: Giza where the pyramids are; Nevernever: crystal pyramids that refracted beams hot enough to melt metal; Mortal World: [wikipedia:Machu Picchu|Machu Picchu]]; Nevernever: ten-foot swim in the dark; Mortal World: Mexico.
In Ghost Story, Molly Carpenter opens a Way for Harry and his ghost army into the Nevernever in order to enter Corpsetaker's hideout to rescue Mortimer Lindquist. The Way hung up in the air about six feet off the ground. It's rickety, about to collapse: Bob's doing to keep other from following Harry and team.