A continuum warp was the term used to describe the way in which the hyperspatial continuum was altered when a starship entered hyperspace. The ship's hyperdrive system monitored the warp, which had to remain stable throughout the ship's passage through hyperspace. It was known that flying through a nebula or other gaseous area while traveling in hyperspace created enough friction to alter or even destroy the continuum warp, which could violently force a reversion to realspace that often caused damage or destruction to the ship.