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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...

Lore Articles and Maps

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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.

Arclight Press

Arclight Press LLC is one of the most successful publishing houses of the Middle Lands, specializing in science fiction, noir, and hardboiled (detective) fiction.   Among its most famous publications rank "Fulgrath by Lamplight", "Lord of Lightning", "Finders Keepers", "the Consul's Mistress", "City of Dreg", and "Detective Junker".   While, as a publisher, Arclight Press mostly releases crime novels and novels with noir and hardboiled themes, they also own a bi-monthly magazine called "Flashes of the Future Magazine", in which they publish science fiction short stories.  

Currently Advertised Novels

 

The Inside Man

The coins jangled as Makoto pocketed the protection money. The little convenience store by Swartenstreet had been the last one on today's run - a good round; all businesses in his corner of Little Yamato had been ready to pay up. In return, the wazoku provided them with safety - and warded off any competitors that might try to settle in from outside. A win-win, really, if you think about it.   As Makoto made his way towards headquarters, he heard a newspaper boy going on about some magister speech explaining the beauty and prosperity of Vallahal. Pah! Those magisters had never even seen a back alley in their lives; they hadn't writhed in the muck, playing footsies with gutter snipes like him before the boss had appeared on that fateful day way back when. Not that the magisters ever would see one as long as they continued to shovel half of the money meant for the district promoters' budgets into their own pockets.
  In any case, the wazoku didn't have to worry about the magisters - or the law. Due to the backing of the Yamato embassy, the police turned a blind eye to almost anything the wazoku tried to pull. Apparently, their support hadn't even cost the boss much; a bit of drugs here, an exotic animal there, maybe a 'disappearance' on the side. With the embassy washing the wazoku's vests, their organization was essentially free to move as it pleased.   Lost in thought, he had already arrived at their headquarters, not even remembering how he got here, when he saw her, and the good life was over.
— Written by Bastian

Structure

Arclight Press is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and as such does not have to adhere to the rigid regulations corporations have to adhere to. As such, AP enjoys the flexibility to act as a corporation or as a partnership depending on the situation.

Assets

Arclight Press owns several printing presses in Steinau, Fulgrath and rents office spaces in the northern Pyramid of Fulgrath from Siebenzaal Incorporated.   They own the brands "Arclight Press" and "Flashes of the Future Magazine".

History

Arclight Press was founded by Augustus König in 1470 GE, who started his career as a paper boy on the streets of the Klapperstadt district of Fulgrath. He worked his way into the offices of the Siebenzaal Incorporated press section, where he did secretary work for the writing staff. After several years of working his way up through the ranks, he was in charge of the Siebenzaal Gazette as editor in chief from 1453 GE to 1458 GE. During this time he started building an extensive network in the publishing industry of Fulgrath. He ran his own small newspaper, the Fulgrath Königsblatt, from 1459 GE to 1470 GE, until he had a breakthrough publishing the novel "Fulgrath by Lamplight" by his esteemed friend Richard Karlister. With the unexpected success of the novel, König suddenly had the capital to expand. He bought additional presses and PR and founded a Limited Liability Company, Arclight Press, which has become one of the largest publishing houses of the Middle Lands to date.

The best fiction is rooted in real life.

Founding Date
1470 GE
Type
Corporation, Entertainment
Location

Postal Address

Arclight Press Offices
F-12-Finstral
53 Lusterfield Lane
Fulgrath
 

Front Desk Hours

9 AM to 5 PM, Kva-Bri
12 PM to 2 PM Ke-Ode
Closed on Muuning

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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


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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


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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.