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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?

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Faith

Faith has a special place in soul theory and clockwork theology: Those who have intensively studied the makeup of the Great Clockwork and the human soul either through classic clockwork theology, meaning the intensive study of Yilik's scriptures, or modern clockwork theology, meaning the experimental study of the soul, have discovered that genuine faith directed at a soul can actually affect that soul.   In the Scriptures of Yilik, an often overlooked passage elaborates on the significance of faith. In it, Yilik quotes the Avatar of the Great Clockwork, Jamphel Yeshe (which was its name before it changed to the current day Sanatana):
"Tell me then, do you desire my devotion? Should I spread word of your glory and have those beneath you bow their heads in worship?" I asked the mighty apparition.
And Jamphel Yeshe looked onto me with great indifference in his eyes: "I have no need of your faith or anyone else's, but it is a potent lens through which the soul can light a mighty fire."
"And when it does," I replied, "what does it burn?" To this, the apparition only smiled.
— The Scriptures of Yilik, Scroll 2
  Experimental research by Miyako Fluxum clockwork theologists has shown that genuine faith directed at artificial souls placed in an appropriate totem will lead to measurable changes in the De Vries Field of such souls and, by extension, souls in general.   The influence exerted on such souls expresses itself in the following ways.
  • The soul begins to grow more powerful as measured by an increase in both soul power and soul flops.
  • The individual footprint of the soul begins to change slightly.
  From these observations and additional research, these two fundamental aspects of soul theory were formulated:  

The Pillar Theorem

When achieving certain stages of enlightenment, people can behold the Great Clockwork and in turn gain the ability to peer into it when they concentrate. Peering into the Great Clockwork, coupled with certain training, can allow such people to divine present and future events and detect 'moods' in the fabric of destiny.   Not content with having to conform to esoteric practices to observe and research the Great Clockwork, researches of the United Ocean Belt Technocracy developed a powerful technamagic device called a R.E.A.L-C. (Reality Eroding Active Lensing Chamber), which allowed them to forcefully reveal parts of the Great Clockwork for inspection.   This allowed for the study of the GC in a controlled laboratory environment and lead to a number of seminal discoveries, which would later enable the UOBT to develop their impressive jump drive technology.  

  During their observations, clockwork theologists realized that the gears as which the souls within the Great Clockwork were visualized were different from each other in appearance: Notably, some were smaller while others larger, and other yet had the shape of enormous, turning pillars that seemed to take up prominent spots in the metaphorical machinery.   Clockwork theologist Dr. Svetlaya Ester theorized and gave mathematical and empirical proof (using the R.E.A.L.-C. of the Van Maxwell School of Logic and Sciences) that such pillars could be created by projecting faith onto souls within the Great Clockwork.   While the faith of a small number of people would likely have only a marginal impact, in large enough quantity, souls subjected to directed faith could grow significantly in power. This, while being only one way of empowering souls, is the only way to do so with souls that are part of the Great Clockwork. Other methods require the soul to be bound up in a human being.  

Weird Souls

Among the most powerful souls bound to living beings are those belonging to the Old Gods and their Valkyries.   This is because during the Old World, the Old Gods drank of the Well of Wyrd, an intersecting point between reality and the Great Clockwork, granting them supernatural power and agelessness (id est immortality, albeit they could still be killed if enough effort was put into it). After the shattering of the well, fragments of Wyrd were still kept and treasured by the Old Gods and implanted into the souls of their Valkyries, granting them comparable powers.   The Wyrd within their souls altered them to be strongly connected to the Great Clockwork and directly draw magic from it as though they had permanently opened inner gates. While making them immensely powerful, it also lead to unexpected consequences: As an indirect part of the Great Clockwork and the canon of faith they themselves created to ensure their rule, their souls became subject to large amounts of that very faith, growing more powerful but also being altered over the millennia.   If interviewed today, Allfather Odin would be hard pressed to remember his life before he partook of the Well of Wyrd. He no longer knows that neither "Odin", not the many other names attributed to him were ever his real name, and he no longer remembers how he rose to power. This is not because he forgot over the ages, but because his soul was fundamentally altered by faith projected onto it from both the living and the collective subconscious, a sub-layer of the Great Clockwork.   Ancient ideals and believes from worlds long lost were slowly projected onto Odin's soul, twisting and changing it to turn him into the embodiment of the stories that were being told about him.   This phenomenon was classified as the so-called "Weird Soul" conjecture. Such souls slowly erode their own spirit, id est, their personality, turning into a living pillar of the Great Clockwork. However, the process is very slow and subtle and only eternal beings like the Old Gods and Valkyries eventually fall victim to it completely.   Key souls such as the Five Keeper souls, which generate their own pockets of faith by virtue of the deeds of their many incarnations, are also affected by the Weird Soul phenomenon, but due to their regular life span, it generally manifests itself only via minor expressions of certain personality traits, called "Paragonization".  

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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.