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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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Altonar, the City at the Water Vent

The city of Altonar is built around the slopes of an inactive volcano, called the Chimney, with a lake in its caldera and great factories powered by rivers flowing down from the lake through the city. It is arranged in several rings that are connected by a gently spiraling road leading up the mountain.   They grow black naphtha in large fields around the city, a plant that was genetically engineered by the Greenhorns during the Great War for the Maritime Technocracy of Guantil-ya and later imported by the Altonarians. Black naphtha grows small pods containing high-octane crude oil, which is used in the technamagic letterbombs, cannonball-like machines that are used in many large cities of the Great Land to deliver important parcels. The letterbombs are launched through artillery-like shafts and are attracted to their target by a resonance beacon.   This technology was devised by the high Technocrats of the Unified Ocean Belt Technocracy (formerly the Maritime Technocracy of Guantil-ya) but is now maintained and fueled by the technocrats of Altonar that are better located to journey to the cities of the Great Land.
— From the Aqualon Grand World Atlas, 2nd Edition
  There are twenty-seven massive watermills built into the side of the chimney, fed by the artificial channels that direct the water from its immense, lake-filled caldera. The watermills of Altonar, the city that locals sometimes called ‘the Chimney’s Hut', unlike crude wind- or watermills, power many great factories. Inside of them, waterpower is used to perform a number of tasks, from grain milling to smelting and forging, and some even generate electricity, which powers a variety of things. With their significant output, the city has prospered for many centuries, and due to the raw, natural power at its finger tips, it has been a breeding-ground for technocrats and innovation.   The city itself has been constructed around the factories in large terraces, all cut into the side of the Chimney, and large wire walls have been put in place further up the volcano to catch stone and mud avalanches. Around the mountain a broad main road, which gently spirals upwards to the upper reaches where the most ostentatious villas, restaurants, and, on the south side, overlooking the lands between Altonar and the Iron Belt, the impressive main building of the Altonar University, the most prestigious non-magical institute of learning of the Great Land, stand.  

An Axis of Allies

The Axis of Steel is a coalition comprised of the technocrat city of Altonar in the middle, the Kaltani fiefdoms of Ravensburg to the north, and the Angel Saxon and Skôt colony of Svalbrynd to the south. The alliance was founded in 598 GE when Altonar was looking to severely enhance its iron supply lines, looking both to the Iron Belt, certainly a large deposit, though one with magical resistance to strip mining, and to the Nordmen, who had an unusual access to the coveted metal through the Old Gods. Though many voices in the Middle Lands and the Yamato Kingdom clamored against the last truly non-isolationist bastion of technocracy allying themselves with the war-mongering Nordmen, ultimately a lot of stability came to the Great Land and the Corsic Ocean thanks to this unlikely alliance.
— Fact number 14 from "Old Tim's One Hundred Facts about Aqualon, Vol. 2"
The Greater Altonar Region