The Way-an is the ceremonial symbol of the Quad, a holographic flaming sword.
The Way-an is individual to each Quad, built in the forge on Neva'Eh, in which the Quad will dictate its dimensions, style and colour based on their fighting style and prefrences. Some like long handles, like Rahn the Wanderer, whose is more of a staff, others like curved holographic blades, others short blades. The colour of the flame is then chosen as well.
The Way-an are a religious divice, the symbol of the Quad faith, and as such are treated as a sacred religious icon. They are allowed on Baraben Prime by a royal decree passed in 147AE and are mentioned in Star Command manuals as a permitted religious artefact. But some places ban them entirely.