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Featured Novel

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...

Featured Short Story

The Black Priest of Rastrowel


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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Dunhearst Asylum


On the foggy Church island of Cromwell, there lies an old Sanatorium that has endured for over a thousand years. It's history is grim, but its secrets... they are grimmer.

The Keeper Weapons


These greatest of weapons bind the great elemental Ur-Souls to their Keepers, enabling them to perform impossible feats of elemental magic.

The Keepers


Mightier than mages, only five Keepers ever exist at a time, each exerting total dominion over one of the five magical elements.


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?

Browse Aqualon's countless lore articles below: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror, Mystery; there is enough to suit any palate and sate any appetite.

Academic Titles

When attaining a certain degree of scientific education and renown, it is common to receive a honorific title, which may vary from institute to institute. These are the titles given to certain scholars in the different technocratic societies of Aqualon:  

Borealis, Miyako Fluxum, and Altonar

Assistant Researcher

An assistant researcher, short Ar., has enjoyed all of the basic and advanced education of a Dr. or Inv., but is in the process of writing his or her dissertation. The title Ar. was instated to give scholars a sense of pride in their strife towards one of the two big titles and is itself recognized as a notable credential in Borealis, Miyako Fluxum, and Altonar.

Doctor

The doctor title, short Dr., is given to scholars that have written a dissertation in a theoretic branch of science, which may be anything from particle gyrometrics to anthropology.

Inventor

The inventor title, short Inv., is given to scholars that have written a dissertation on and built a prototype of a new machine, technology, or material. This may also be a notable improvement on an existing machine, technology, or material.

Professor

A Professor, rather than writing a dissertation or making a discovery of sorts, has been granted tenure by a recognized institute of higher learning, meaning they have a certain freedom and financial security to freely research within their field, given they are available for teaching courses within that field to students.


 
All of the seven recognized Magus Academies of Aqualon also have their own ranking systems and academic titles.
 

Rickard Leeuw Magistorium (Aerialis)

Questor

The rank every student receives upon acceptance.

Inspicator

The rank a student is awarded after completing basic logic, arithmetic, history, cartography, and wind magic courses.

Scilast

Recognition of advanced education by three Magisters.

Sentio

Recognition of contributions to the academic world.

Magister

One of the masters of the Magistorium.

Magister Emeritus

A master of the Magistorium that has been freed from his or her obligations but retains all non-political privileges of the position.  

The Spire of Rahn (Aquaris)

Dewdrop Magus

Initiates to the Spire of Rahn, who have been admitted and begun their study are called "dewdrops".

Rahnling Magus

Once they have completed all their basic courses, dewdrops advance to the rank of "rahnling", meaning they have had a basic education in magic and the scholarly fields.

Sapphire Magus

Sapphire mages from the Spire of Rahn have completed advanced courses in several fields of study and can perform complicated water magic. They often hold lectures themselves, are assigned rahnling apprentices, and are well paid to help in the production of high-grade magic engines.

Cobalt Magus

A cobalt magus holds the highest academic rank at the Spire of Rahn. Having excelled in at least two fields of study and mastered water magic to a significant degree, these mages have usually published papers and books on magic or other scholarly subjects that are proudly displayed in all magus academy libraries of the Middle Lands. Cobalt mages often move on to serve as masters in the Spire of Rahn, or consultants, tutors, and war mages for the most influential people of the Great Land and beyond.

Master

Masters of the Spire of Rahn are usually cobalt or sapphire mages and hold their special title due to them being part of the upper ranks of the faculty. Not only do they have cozy teaching jobs, they also decide on matters of discipline, and on the amount of tuition individual students have to pay each term, testing them on various fields to measure their progress, commitment, and promise.  

The Grand Academy of Fulgrath (Fulgrath)

Bachelor

The rank every student receives upon acceptance.

Bacca-Laureate

The rank a student is awarded after completing basic courses in their field and a number of mandatory courses as well as writing a basic research paper in their field.

Diplomat

Bacca-Laureates working towards a diploma, which qualifies them for work in a variety of fields.

Diploma-Laureate

This rank is bestowed upon receivers of a diploma in their field.

Magister

When Diploma-Laureates create their own grand thesis paper and that paper is accepted, they are in turn accepted into the greater research community as key contributors.

Poetry on Aqualon

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Schools of Elemental Magic


Of the various types of magic on Aqualon, elemental magic is the easiest to attain and the most prolific kind across the globe. There are five sub-types of elemental magic: Water, Fire, Lightning, Earth, and Wind, each with its own schools.

Codex Riccardium - A History of Magic


From chapter 1 of the Codex Riccardium: Magna Magia - Some thoughts on the origins of magic in society by Rickard Leeuw.

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The Keeper Weapons


These greatest of weapons bind the great elemental Ur-Souls to their Keepers, enabling them to perform impossible feats of elemental magic.

The Keepers


Mightier than mages, only five Keepers ever exist at a time, each exerting total dominion over one of the five magical elements.

The Ur-Souls


Since the creation of the Great Clockwork, those most powerful souls often suspected of being deeply connected to that very creation have stood apart from the rest, commanding magic and a connection to the Great Clockwork few other souls can match.

The Hearthersfǫr - Days of Winterlight Angels


Far down north live the Kaltani, Skôts, and Gallians, as well as the Angel Saxons. Of the old Nordmen tribes, only the Angel Saxons remain truly mighty, and when the dark winters threaten their brethren below, the Journey of the Hearth begins...

Whetu Mohio


The Maoloaiya art of navigation, sometimes called pathfinding, with the help of which they used to travel hundreds of thousands of kilometers across the Corsic Ocean and Trans-Glaciatic Sea.

Faith


Clockwork theologists have a few things to say about faith. With relentless empirical study, they have uncovered the impressive power behind genuine faith and how it can bend and empower souls.

The Maoloaiya


The Maoloaiya inhabit the Trans-Glaciatic Sea, cut off from the rest of the world by the mighty Gastropnir Glacier, which separates them from the Great Land and the Corsic Ocean. They are skilled navigators and nomadic island dwellers. ~ 4702

Doubts About the Great Clockwork Arise in Jamphel Yeshe


In one final act, the Grand Sages settle around Jamphel Yeshe and turn to stone as they bannish the Great Clockwork from within the island.

The Eternal Flame of Lumina Aka is Lit


When the Angel Saxons and Kaltani druids gave the gift of flame to the men of Mt.Tarkaal, they enshrined it in a great bottle of glass.

Trade for Magics


In the 4th century of the Age of the Iron Divide, Angel Saxons and Kaltani druids traded the secrets of magic

The Founding of Jamphel Yeshe


The Five Sages cross the Iron Belt and the Corsic Ocean on foot to arrive at Whale Island, and they name it Jamphel Yeshe. It becomes a mecca of spirituality and philosphy.

The Yamato Surveys: Jamphel Yeshe


Yamato folk first survey Jamphel Yeshe, calling it "Kujira-tô" or Whale Island, owing to its shape that resembles a whale's head.

The Reshaping of the World


The Reshaping of the World was brought upon the Nine Realms after the War of the Reshaping and turned the shard world of Aqualon into a planet.

A History of Faith on Aqualon: The Old World


Before Aqualon was forged into a planet, it consisted of nine asteroids, floating around the sun, a rainbow river connecting them. Then, people put their faith in titans and gods, before they knew better.

Fulgrath


Fulgrath, the City of Lightning, is one of the Five Capital Cities of the Middle Lands.

Vinclav, the Master of Keys


Now games and wagers are the life / Of sailors, pirates, fisher′s wives; / But do beware the yellow eyes, / Don′t bet to serve, your soul, your life / Always beware the yellow eyes.

The Bonfire Shrine


A shrine dedicated to the Eternal Flame of Lumina Aka, and also a recognized magus academy of the Middle Lands.

Aerialis


One of the five great cities of the Middle Lands, home to the Rickard Leeuw Magistorium.

Aquaris


One of the five capitals of the Middle Lands, home to the Spire of Rahn.

Codex Riccardium - A History of Magic


From chapter 1 of the Codex Riccardium: Magna Magia - Some thoughts on the origins of magic in society by Rickard Leeuw.

Magic


The magic of Aqualon comes in several forms, but all of them share the same nature. ~ 1450

The Tower of Five


The Tower is the ruling house of the five Keepers, who are in charge of the Middle Lands.

The Middle Lands


The Middle Lands are the most powerful region of the Great Land, which encompasses most inhabital parts of the Southern Hemisphere of Aqualon.