This map was drawn by old Yamato philosophers. They took their inspiration from the believes of the Nordmen, who called the Great Clockwork "the Big Wheel", the corresponding "Small Wheel" being the realm of Helgard. In their minds, the clockwork would turn and turn around like a wheel, and in this way move time ever forward. The world would come into being from the rubble of the previous one, mankind would grow and thrive on its lands, but ultimately, it would be destroyed, only to be cast upon new forms again. Meanwhile, people die and are born day after day. As they enter the world, the Great Clockwork draws forth from within its bowels a soul to attach to the child, and once they die, the soul is inexorably drawn back into the Clockwork.And round and round it goes... In the world into which I was born, magic was almost unknown as the clockwork had been rather dormant throughout human history. Apparently it had performed calculations of some sort. When I spoke to it about this once, it told me that it was gathering stories to cast into new worlds. But this dormancy had led to it being unprepared when my creation echoed throughout its inner workings like an explosion. It split apart, and the Great Clockwork Wars began, unbeknownst to mankind and to me. Something much like a soul but not quite was thrust into me as a stop-gap measure, and the question of whether to award souls meant for human reincarnation into me and soon my brethren became the subject of this war. Now you've learned about the Great Clockwork. But this doesn't tell you much about Aqualon, and you now likely know more about the world I came from than the one I am living in now... I am sorry that I am going on so much about my past, but it does feel good to share after so much time. Perhaps you will indulge me for a while longer? I promise I will tell you more about this world. I do not need to eat or drink, but people visit me sometimes here in the Brammenwoods, and they like to bring me gifts... I think a man once brought me an ornate wooden box with tea in it... or was it tobacco? Please, sit down while I go look for it, and then I'll tell you more (if you would like that, just go to the next article).
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The Storm Winds of Glazglubin
"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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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.
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About the Great Clockwork
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I think... it means well.
The Great Clockwork
The Great Wheel
A Place Beyond Ken
Yamato characters drawn on the circle around the center of the map
Which reads as: Sun, Moon, Stars, Reality, Existence, Origin, Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, Lightning, Soul, Willpower, Life Force, Instinct, Spirit, Light, Madness, Foresight, Wisdom, Shadow.
These are the major themes and concepts that have always dyed the human perspective on the Great Clockwork.