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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...

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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.

Albeney Castle

The Skôtish forest castle of Albeney located in the great Odenwald Forest, just north-west of the Yamato Mountain Range, was built by Angel Saxons between 15 AH and 19 AH as an outpost for their forces during the Great War. When the war was lost, they retreated to their stony halls beyond the mist and sold the castle to a powerful Skôtish family.
— From Old Tim's One Hundred Facts about Aqualon, Volume 2
  After the First Invasion1
When the hordes of the Nordmen, the Angel Saxons, and the Old Gods marched into the Middle Lands, the Great War began and with it what would later be called the Age of Heroes.
, the Old Gods found the resistances of the Middle Lands far more adequate than they had initially expected. Though their first onslaught cut a suave into the north-east, they were quickly driven back by the Keepers who hammered their troops with awesome might.  

Stone, Blood, and Magic

The Old Gods and their heralds, the Angel Saxons, were not ready to back down just because they had gotten a bloody nose. With the Kaltani, Skôts, and Gallians inhabiting the North not having the prowess to build castles of stone, an engineer corps of Angel Saxon builders arrived in the Odenwald, taking charge of the wooden Kaltani fort deep in its heart.   They taught the Kaltani to quarry stone from a nearby deposit and had them construct log cabins around the vicinity of their fort, creating room for a small township of workers. More Kaltani and Skôts were brought in from surrounding villages, in particular the Gunger Valley, and they started their work on Albeney Castle, which would become the center of the newfounded town of Albeney.   With their skilled craftsmanship and the hard labor of their brethren, the Angel Saxons raised high towers of breathtaking beauty from the ground, made of white stone that was polished to shine and inscribed with magical Angelscript1
Angelscript is a sub-branch of craftsmanship, which can be applied to anything from construction to smithing, that involves engraving certain runes and patterns on surfaces while cutting pieces out of one's soul to imbue them with permanent magic. Structures and objects created with Angelscript may work only under certain conditions, and their effectiveness may increase when soulpower is channeled into it, much like spell ink mandalas work.
to maintain its luster and deflect stones with ease.   So mighty were the scripts of the Angel Saxon craftsmen, who poured their very souls into their magic, blighting their hair paper-white and their eyes cobalt blue, that it was able to deflect other magic directed at the castle; at least to a certain extent. Though the Angelscript would not nullify magic the way the Brotherhood of the Null can, magic would bend around the walls of Albeney Castle, harmlessly striking the houses behind it.  

The Seat of Power

After the construction was completed in the 19th year of the Great War, Odin, All-father, decreed that his great forest should be ruled by a great king in his stead. He arrived with an envoy of his children and select Valkyries on the eve of the last day of the third month, flocks of ravens heralding his arrival.  
Caw, caw, caw! Black wings were aflutter in the great Odenwald. The familiars of Wôtan had gathered from all the lands to pay homage to their lord, and we, the lowly Nordmen, we bowed our heads as well as they arrived in all their splendor: Wôtan, Hnoss, Gersemi, Thor, and the mightiest Valkyries of our Lord. Of course, Frey-ja and her Platoon were still at the front-lines, driving the fear of the gods into the hearts of fat Middlish pigs...   But lo! When Wôtan passed by our ranks, he raised both his hands and spoke: "Bow not your heads, my children; We all are warriors here, and bowing is for the defeated! Chin up, and rejoice in the glory of splendid walls you have raised from the dirt!"   And so we raised our heads and beheld the castle we had built. And I swear, it shone as bright as the moon in that moment, all the Angelscript the masters had etched into the stone lit up like the stars in the night sky, and all the lights shone down on Wôtan it seemed, bathing him as though it was his birthright. Of course, it was...   "Now, hear the name of your new king!" Wôtan proclaimed. "Step forth, Rakni of Winlea!"   And forth he stepped, tall, blessed with golden hair that showed the Angel White in many strands, eyes as green as emeralds, and hard as granite. He had led the mighty builders of the Angel Saxons who had made the castle possible. Now he would lead us all.   All around, the crows had redoubled their clamor, but now they cawed his name! Rakni, Rakni, Rakni! And as they did, so we too took up the call: Rakni, Rakni, Rakni!   None would stand against Albeney Castle; none would stand against Rakni of Winlea and his men!
— From the Edda of the Kilkennen Family
Type
Fortress   Building Elements
The reinforcements, the castle building, the halls, and the castle garden.   Total Floor Space
Nearly 10,000 square meters   Additional Info
The castle was built to hold the entire population of the town of Albeney and surrounding villages of the Odenwald forest in case of an attack. Vast storage rooms below ground were built to bunker food for long winters and long sieges.

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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.

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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


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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


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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.