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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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Red Fox Publishing

Red Fox Publishing (赤狐出版社 akagitsune ) is the most powerful publishing house in the Yamato Kingdom, facilitating both modern movable type printing and classical woodblock printing.   They specialize in publishing postcards (葉書 hagaki), illustrated sightseeing guides (名所図絵 meishozue), renku (連句 "linked verses") and haikai no renga (俳諧の連歌, "comic linked verse"), which are both forms of collaborative poetic anthologies, historical dramas, and fantasy tales focused on Yamato folklore.  

Woodblock Printing and Movable Type

  While more expensive and cumbersome in the making, the stunning illustrations of woodblock prints, and especially colored woodblock prints, have been one of the reasons the medium has endured throughout the centuries. Additionally, the complex character writing system used in the Yamato Kingdom was not optimal for use with movable type, until Kobayashi Keigen worked together with Fulgurite printing experts in the 430s GE to create the first proper Yamato type font, Heichôtai (平朝体), which has remained in use to this day.   While woodblocks can be used for a large volume of print before becoming too warped, and especially hagaki and meishozue have enjoyed perpetual popularity for their joint art and curiosity value, the blocks can warp or crack when subject to high humidity, and each booklet requires one block per page, meaning much storage space is required in the long run.  

Popular RFP Published Short Stories

A Tale of Fire and Ice

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Winning story of The Publishing Houses of Aqualon!

Popular RFP Published Poems

Lost Spirits
Shuffling through the fields of snow,
Two orbs of blue that gently glow,
Yet nothing else there to be seen,
Invisible, a taunting dream.

A chiming laugh, more like a snicker,
Atop the snow a hat of wicker,
Hides the streams of white.

But never closer will we step,
To us the snow, the white is death,
The purest, tainted blight.

— Yoshino Murasaki, 1682 GE
哀船长 (元素伯劳)

Hǎi'àn wànlǐ yītiáo tiě,
Hǎizhōng fǎnyìng shān hé yuè.
Gǔdào pángbiān fēi húdié,
Dào biān sǐshī liú xiānxiě.

Nánshān dōng miàn zī jiāng kāi,
shāndǐng chún xuěbái yòu bái,
àn biān chuánzhǎng wàng dàhǎi,
yuǎn chù gǎngkǒu hǎilǐ zài.

Húdié chìbǎng xiàng bànyè,
chuánzhǎng yǎnjīng wàngzhe yuè,
lán niǎo zuò zài shù shàng xiē,
chuánzhǎng dēng bèi dōngfēng miè.

Dúyào diào dào chuánzhǎng qián,
chuánzhǎng huāng huāng wàngzhe tiān.
Shēntǐ mábì tóunǎo diān,
zǐsè húdié zài hé biān.

Zhōngle dú hūnmí bù xǐng,
chuánzhǎng tǎng zài hé biān bìng,
húdié xiàlái cóng shānlǐng,
xiānxiě liú cóng tā de xīn.

Hǎi'àn wànlǐ yītiáo tiě,
hǎizhōng fǎnyìng shān hé yuè.
Gǔdào pángbiān fēi húdié,
dào biān fāng cǎo zhān mǎn xuè.
Lament for the Captain

The coast is a strip of iron for ten thousand li,
The sea reflects the mountains and the moon.
Butterflies fly next to the ancient road,
Next to the road is a bloody corpse.

Zijiang cuts the east face of the South Mountain,
The mountain's pure snow is whiter than white.
The captain on the shore looks at the sea,
The port is in the distance seen.

The butterfly's wings are like midnight,
The captain’s eyes gaze at the moon,
The bluebirds sit upon the trees,
The east wind extinguishes the captain's lamp.

The poison fell towards the captain,
The captain panicked eyes look at the sky.
The body is paralyzed, the mind in panic,
The purple butterfly is at the river.

Once poisoned, one is comatose*
The captain lies sick by the river,
The butterfly comes down from mountain,
Blood now gushes from his heart.

The coast is a strip of iron for ten thousand li,
The sea reflects the mountains and the moon.
Butterflies fly next to the ancient road,
The roadside grass is stained red with blood.

*昏迷不醒 literally means "drowsy sleep never wakes", is a four word idiom for being comatose
— Grand Historian Gao Zhengang (太史公高锤钢 Tàishǐ gōng gāo chuí gāng) / a.k.a ElementalShrike


Red Fox Publishing was founded by the Yôkogi Family, a branch family of the Yoshitsune Clan, and the company is still run by the descendants of that family. Marriages of convenience and smart political gambits in the Yamato Kingdom have turned Red Fox Publishing into a successful publishing empire with branch offices in all major Yamato cities. Furthermore, their strong ties to the Yoshitsune Clan has afforded them a successful branch office in Aquaris in the Middle Lands.

Public Agenda

The company is not as heavily invested in finding new talents as other publishing companies. Rather, RFP is more interested in what they call "preserving the beauty, art, and literary tradition of Yamato culture", focusing on old and established poets and authors and reprinting new editions of classical works and postcards. The best way for new talents to get into the RFP roster is to win writing prizes in one of the larger Yamato newspaper organizations.

Kotoba wa banbutsu.

Words are all things. / Words are ten-thousand things.

Founding Date
178 AA
Alternative Names
赤狐出版社 Akagitsune Shuppansha
Postal Address
赤狐出版社 Akagitsune Publishing Firm
天県明墨区 Akesumi Ward, Tengeken
32丁5番地 Number 5, 32nd street
山席 Yamaseki
The Yamato Kingdom
Organization | Oct 16, 2022

The Yamato Kingdom is one of the oldest kingdoms of Aqualon and located in the great Yamato Mountain Range, the largest mountain range of the planet. ~ 2576 Words

Front Desk Hours
7 AM to 7 PM, Mûnyô-Sanyô (Kvar-Ode)
Closed on Sennichi (Mûning)   Popular RFP Postcards
— A postcard showing the Willow Pass (柳峠 yanagitôge)
— A postcard depicting a Yamato geisha (entertainer and concubine) playing the koto
The Fox in Yamato Culture
Species | Dec 26, 2018

The Yamato people can be quite superstitious, and seeing a fox can have very different implications for them, depending on the color of its coat. (737 Words)

The Publishing Houses of Aqualon
Generic article | Oct 14, 2022

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.

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