Aqualon World Updates

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    With the new website up and running, "the Storm Winds of Glazglubin" has been added to the bookshelf. We are currently up to chapter 5 at over 50.000 words!

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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.

The Encyclopedia Aqualonia

The Cosmology of Aqualon

The History of Aqualon

The Broader History of Aqualon

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The History of Aqualon: After the Reshaping
Generic article | Feb 3, 2019

A timeline of Aqualon's major history after the planet had been forged out of the Nine Realms by the Faceless World-Shaper.

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. (432 Words)

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. ~ 157 Words

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. ~ 154 Words

Trade for Magics

In the 4th century of the Age of the Iron Divide, Angel Saxons and Kaltani druids traded the secrets of magic (or at least some of them) with tribes of the Middle Lands. (164 Words)

The Monastery of the Grand Sages is Built on Jamphel Yeshe

Construction on the Monastery of the Grand Sages is completed. During their lifetime, the Sages and their acolytes refer to it simply as home. ~ 120 Words

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. ~ 175 Words

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. ~ 147 Words

 

The World of Aqualon

Maps of Aqualon: The Planet
Generic article | Aug 31, 2019

This titanic 10000 x 6045 pixel world map shows the basic layout of Aqualon and many of its lands and locations. Though still incomplete, you can find many, many pins on this map telling you much about the lands of Aqualon.

 

Magic, Mages, and Technamagix

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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.

Earth Magic

Earth magic is one of the five types of elemental magic. Feared above all other elements in war, and coveted for its application in construction, the mastery of earth is old and mighty indeed.

Wind Magic

Wind magic is one of the five types of elemental magic. Versatile in its application, it has found widespread applciation across the Ocean Belt to propell ships and calm storms but is found everywhere on Aqualon.

Fire Magic

Fire magic is one of the five types of elemental magic. Ever feared and coveted, it once was monopolized by the Angel Saxons for their magic forges, until they made a deal with the Middlish men and gave them the gift of flame. (2317 Words)

Lightning Magic

Lightning magic is one of the five types of elemental magic. Difficult to master and devastating in its raw application but incredibly versatile in powering advanced technology, few mages outside of Fulgrath choose to attune themselves to it. (2906 Words)

Water Magic

Water magic is one of the five types of elemental magic. It enables a magus to manipulate water by moving it or changing its phase and can even be used to heal certain injuries such as poisoning, bleeding, and flesh wounds. (2919 Words)

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. (721 Words)

Higashi Taifûmon 東大風門

Still active and working after over two millenia, ships that sail westward through this gate are accelerated by a powerful channel of wind that carries them all the way from the Lower Yamato Islands to Hammerhead. ~ 627 Words

Soul Engineering

Soul engineering is a sub-field of clockwork theology and gyrometrics practiced in Miyako Fluxum, where it is also used in the development and maintainance of soul computers. (466 Words)

The Travel Gates of Fulgrath

Take a step and save yourself an hour or two. Mass transit with style. ~ 695 Words

Nubium, the Magic Metal of Aerialis

Nubium is a magic engine metal created from aluminum and spell ink. When touched it turns weightless. ~ 911 Words

Which Element is Your Soul Attuned to?

Test your aptitude for elemental magic, the result may surprise you! (929 Words)

Brynwain Fever

One of the most devastating plant deseases in Aqualon's history, magically crafted to destroy large ammounts of crop. ~ 1715 Words

Graduation Feddey

When a student of the Monastery of Five Paths is deemed ready, he is tested on his prowess with elemental magic over one feddey (a five day span). (941 Words)

Spell Ink

Spell ink is a restricted substance produced in the Middle Lands. It is used in all five of the great cities of that land where they create magic engines with it. ~ 4133 Words

Spellblight

My eyes are blue now / yet, there is no innocence / and on the magic do I vow / to make them pay forever hence ~ 1922 Words

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. ~ 1184 Words

Magus Academies

There are a number of magus academies on Aqualon, the largest and most recognized five are located in the Middle Lands. ~ 1429 Words

Magic

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

Science and Technology

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The Borealian Lunar Outpost

Few people on Aqualon are aware that the Old Gods actually live on Aqualon's moon, even fewer know that Borealians have flown up there and built facilities using no magic whatsoever.

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.

Darmstadt Processors

The key piece of technology that allowed Borealis to leave magic behind and usher in a new bio-computer age for their technocratic super-society. ~ 2227 Words

Clockwork Theology

Clockwork theology is a field of scientific study that examins the Great Clockwork, the laws of existence, and their relation to reality and the creation of the universe. (739 Words)

Rikkigen and the Ur-souls

The Age of the Iron Divide philosophers of Yamato worked closely with the scrolls of Yilik to further their understanding of the universe and the human soul. (752 Words)

A Theory of Qi

Within himself, Yilik found Qi, and within Qi, he found the gateways to the Great Clockwork, the origin of all Qi. (649 Words)

Soul Theory

Soul theory is the empirical study of the human soul. (860 Words)

The Altonar Calendar

The Altonar Calendar is used in Altonar, the Middle Lands, and some of the Seventeen Yonder Islands. (263 Words)

The Black Arkive

Remember us. These words are carved on immutable doors of jet-black metal. (603 Words)

Kunibert (Unit of Measurement)

The Kunibert is the unit of measurement for De Vries Field Strength. (382 Words)

Aqualonian Maps

A primer on mapmaking and the history of the southward orientation. (351 Words)

Academic Titles

The Academic Titles of Borealis, Miyako Fluxum, and Altonar. (692 Words)

De Vries Cluster Field Theory

An abridged explanation of De Vries Cluster Field Theory, its discovery, and its applications for anti-magic technology and advanced non-biological computers. (2900 Words)

 

Civilization on Aqualon

Organizations

Spiral Cloud Publishing

Spiral Cloud Publishing is a collector and distributor of content from the Borealis Creative Cloud, allocating fantastic short stories and novels from the CC in a weekly digest for Borealis citizens. ~ 961 Words

The HJT Gazette

The HJT Gazette is one of the most influential publishing houses of the Corsic Ocean, printing the same-named news paper and a popular magazine. ~ 393 Words

Amber Sun Productions

Amber Sun Productions is the most influential publisher of the city of Miyako Fluxum, publishing novels and magazines alike. ~ 668 Words

The Jô'oo Clan

The Jô'oo Clan is one of the Clans of Yamato. It exists since its founding in the Age of Awakening by the notorious Hestia Bygate, destroyer of Estverde. And both feared and respected, the clan has carved out an impresive name all of its own. ~ 3018 Word

Red Fox Publishing

Red Fox Publishing is one of the most influential publishing houses of the Yamato Kingdom and beyond. (1329 Words)

Command Tower Entertainment

Command Tower Entertainment is one of the most influential publishing houses of the Great Land. ~ 523 Words

Arclight Press

Arclight Press is one of the most influential publishing houses of Fulgrath. ~ 739 Words

The Publishing Houses of Aqualon

Across the planet, there are many great publishing companies, each specializing in their own genres and tropes, depending on the zeitgeist of the societies they are situated in.

The Grand Master of the Null

Veiled in shadows ever shifting, the master commeth, and he knoweth many things. (1359 Words)

The Original Baba Yaga

Three queens to stand tall above all pirate lords, one bringing magic, one bringing cannons, and one bringing drugs... (453 Words)

The Brotherhood of the Null

"What Comes to Be Will Come to Naught." - A black wave washes over the land and all magic ends. (5033 Words)

The Middle Lands Magic Research Consortium

The MLMRC is a research think tank that meets up for one month each year at the Tower of Five to advance magic and science in the Middle Lands and promote unity through advancement and prosperity. (668 Words)

The White Lancers of Aerialis

An order of elite mage soldiers, skilled in a secret art of wind magic. (682 Words)

 

Poetry on Aqualon

Short Poems

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Short Stories

The Travelers Guide to Aqualon

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Listen to my varied ramblings about the context of this lore, how it came to be as well as various thoughts on the World of Aqualon and my writing process.

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.