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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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Magus Academies

A total of seven Magus Academies exist on Aqualon, and though the two located on the Ocean Belt wield considerable power and prestige among the many islands there, they are barely known in the Great Land and are looked down upon by the five Magus Academies of the Middle Lands.  

The Magus Academies of the Middle Lands

Each Magus Academy in the Middle Lands is attached to one of the five great cities of the Middle Lands.  

The Spire of Rahn

The Spire of Rahn is thought of as one of most beautiful buildings of the Great Land, if not the most beautiful one. It reaches 252 meters into the sky and is pure white with wavy, spiraling designs winding up to its tip and water ever flowing down its sides into Lake Rahn in Aquaris. Here water magic is taught to the students of the academy, and the base liquid for spell ink is crafted in its secret alchemy laboratories. Save for the Faculty of General Scholastics, all faculties of the academy are geared towards research and education in magic.  

The Bonfire Shrine

In a great glass sphere layed half inside a mound of soft earth is the Eternal Flame of Lumina Aka, maintained constantly by the mages of the Bonfire Shrine. This is a sacred order, dedicated by virtue of tradition to keep the flame alive by educating new generations on the secrets of fire magic. Because fire magic was used to such terrible effect in the past that it actually caused the Brotherhood of the Null to be founded in response to an event related to its misuse, there is a great emphasis on control and inner balance in the curriculum of this academy. However, some educators of the other Magus Academies of the Middle Lands look down on the Bonfire Shrine due to its esoteric tendencies. It is notable that the Charwoods owe their name to the order: The charcoal burners of Lumina Aka are all former initates that have turned their craft into an iconic business, providing one of the city's main exports.  

The Grand Academy of Fulgrath

The Grand Academy of Fulgrath is unusual among the Academies of the Middle Lands in that it teaches lightning magic only as one of many faculties and is renowned for the Faculty of Weather Science it houses, which is second only to the Shunkashûtô Institute of the Yamato Kingdom . Maintaining an unusual trade arrangement with the technocrats of Miyako Fluxum, they have procured, tested, and implemented several powerful machines that were created to be operated by lightning magic. There is a certain degree of internal difference in opinion within the other Magus Academies of the Middle Lands regarding the Grand Academy of Fulgrath's dealings with technocrats, as there is still quite a bit of enmity between these and the mages. The diligent pursuit of knowledge, however, is perceived as laudable by many, hence the dissension.  

The Gladering University of the Arcane

This Magus Academy is located in the city of Arda and teaches earth magic alongside several other academic subjects. Just like the Grand Academy of Fulgrath and to some extent the Rickard Leeuw Magistorium, the Gladering University of the Arcane has more than two sizable faculties not directly related to the practice of magic. Glades have an architectural significance in the city of Arda, and while it was initially just called "Glade Ring" when it was still a small school for magic, the words melded together after a transcription error and the institute is actually pronounced "Glah-de-ring" and often referred to as just that by its students.  

The Rickard Leeuw Magistorium

The old donjon of Aerialis is the central building of the royal city and also the main building of the Rickard Leeuw Magistorium, founded by Rickard Leeuw during the later days of the Age of Heroes. The Magistorium puts unusually high stock in the fields of logic and mathematics, which are taught at several other Magus Academies but take up a sizable portion of the students' basic education here. However, much of what is learned is actually put to use in the studies of wind magic and beyond, where the Magistorium performs groundbreaking research in the field of clockwork magic that cannot be matched by the more conservative Gladering University of the Arcane, the esoteric Bonfire Shrine, the artistic and philosophical Spire of Rahn, or even the Grand Academy of Fulgrath, which focuses more on practical applications of lightning magic and mundane sciences.

The Magus Academies of the Ocean Belt


The Monastery of Five Paths

In olden days, during the first age, when men began to settle in the four corners of the Great Land, and the Seventeen Yonder Islands, there were five sages who held supreme wisdom and enlightenment. They came from the ur-folk, who had inherited great cultures from the civilization that was before the first age when the world was still split into nine realms.
— Rei of the Null
Located on Nyingma, one of the Seventeen Yonder Islands that lies within the boundaries of the Corsic Ocean, the monastery was founded by the pupil of one of the five sages, who desired to atone for the horrible end of Jamphel Yeshe, now fallen to depravity, now beyond his or anyone's help or forgiveness. Holding the teachings of his masters high, he saw all elements as pathways to enlightenment and keys to the inner sanctum of the soul, and to this date, all five kinds of elemental magic are taught here. The students attune themselves to one element after the other, term by term, until they are so opened up to their wavelengths in their final term that they can attune to a different element in little more than a full day. For this, even the Magus Academies of the Middle Lands take reluctant note of this hall of learning. Nevertheless, they feel that the practise of spiritual texts as a main focus of study is, while necessary to some extent, something to be done during private studies, not as a core aspect of the curriculum, so there is some contention towards the monastery.  

Ka Hale Akamai

The learning hall of Ka Hale Akamai is located on the small island of Ainan on the Ocean Belt in a relatively warm and mild region. This means they have little need for fire and earth magic, and they teach only water, wind, and lightning magic in order to bring the students closer to the soul of the sea, the wind, and the sky, teaching that knowing their souls is to know peace. As an institute of learning, they are fairly laid back, mostly focusing on living simple lives and having less complex arcane secrets than the other recognized Magus Academies. However, by conveying strong instinctive knowledge of the nature of existence, students of Ka Hale Akamai are often closer to the great clockwork than the more scholastically inclined Magus Academies of the Middle Lands.

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