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The Storm Winds of Glazglubin


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"There's a monster in every man, boy. Within me, there is a host, and one day, it'll be yours to command." Too often these days, Kenji's mind turns to the words of his accursed father. When he fled the Old Country, he thought he had left the monsters behind, but now he sees them every day in the eyes of his friend and mentor. His world is about to crumble in a spasm of eldritch magic, and though he can see the face of his undoing so clearly in his nightmares, deep down, he knows that the first blow has already been struck.
As the tendrils of a soul plague lay claim on Aqualon's oldest and most powerful magocracy, the Lord of Wind, Kenji Sokolow, is cast down from his high tower, pressed to rally whatever forces he can find. But first, he has to survive...

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The Black Priest of Rastrowel


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A gripping short story from the life of Lyn, a young girl in the care of two HJT Ferries, ships mages for hire, which operate from their office on the island of Rastrowel, the highly religious birth place of the Church of Pure Souls.

Faced with prejudice against mages every day, Lyn's winning personality and innocence keep her well within the good graces of her peers, until a Black Priest, an inquisitor of the Church takes notice of her...

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A Synopsis of the World

Seventeen centuries of peace have allowed the people of Aqualon to flourish. Since the Great War, now known as the Age of Heroes, when the Old Gods rose up once more in vain, the world has become prosperous: powerful magocracies in the Middle Lands are going through a magical industrial revolution and rich tapestries of cultures flourish in the Yamato Mountain Range and the Seventeen Yonder Islands. These lie in the Corsic Ocean of the Ocean Belt beyond the 150 kilometer band of iron, the Iron Belt, which rings the planet around its equator.

And isolated from the rest: two technocracies so far beyond them that they could be thought to live in a world of their own. They are divided by their opposing views on integrating magic and technology, yet united in their quest for knowledge.

But who would have thought that none of these would start the next great war?
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万善屋敷 Banzen Yashiki

Up a long mountain path lies the Banzen Mansion, a beautifully designed former Yilik temple, refurbished by a noble family of Yamato. It is comprised of a main building and a four-story pagoda, which are connected by a small path. People of the Yamato Valley rarely visit it these days, for there are many dark rumors surrounding the building. After it was taken from the monks, members of the Kawakura clan took up residence here and lived in the mansion for many generations. Still, it is said that the people of that household were haunted by ill fortune due to the heretic way the monks had been disowned and executed. In 1298 GE, the last members of the Kawakura clan died here during a yarenma moth attack. All of them were sent into the eternal slumber by the narcotic moth dust and their bones were licked clean by the terrible beasts.   It has since been believed that this was divine punishment by the kami Yaren no Senme, the patron deity of yarenma moths enshrined at the foot of the path leading up to the mansion. The impoverished clan had neglected to properly maintain and sacrifice to the shrine over the decades leading up to their gruesome end, and the people of the northwestern Yamato Valley believe to this day that the mountainside where the mansion lies has been cursed by Yaren no Senme and should not be approached by those who value their lives.

Architecture

The pagoda is four stories tall and lies to the West, behind the main building. It is dilapidated and its entrance has been sealed off with suspicious prayer tags. The main building is actually smaller than the pagoda and is about the size of a large house. It has a shed on its northern side and a small stone garden to the East. The building, too, has been in disrepair since the Kawakura line ended.

History

The Banzen Mansion used to belong to a sect of Yilik monks, who had built and maintained it during the Age of Awakening. When the scriptures of Yilik were denounced in the Yamato Kingdom during the nationalist surge in the 900th century GE, the monks were removed from the mansion, which was still referred to as a "temple" at the time (万善寺 Banzen Tera), and were executed by the local feudal lord. A branch family moved in after that, renovating the mansion, but it has always been the subject of fear and rumors due to it being "desecrated" by this act.
山雨得 Xiau'toku in the Northwestern Yamato Valley
Located in this part of the Northeastern Yamato Valley within the Yamato Mountain Range is the small town of Xiau'toku as well as a handful of shrines and an ancient mansion, rife with chilling ghost stories.