They are not sure what is wrong with Vitek's world, but is less actively hostile than most others they have found. It's possible they could find some use for the place even if it's not good for colonization, and it isn't that much of an effort to send an exploration party to look around for a couple of days.
"Huh, why the portal looks like that?" Areus asks.
He is answered by a Centaur Faen with the body of a deer. "It's a new kind of gate, saves time when moving to the same world."
Areus has a feeling that something is amiss about it, oddly enough, he also has a feeling he should ignore it. So he steps through.
New kind of gate or not, Areus is pretty sure it should not feel like that, it's like he is falling but without a consistent down...