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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...

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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.

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


2684 Words
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)

海岸万里一条铁,
Hǎi'àn wànlǐ yītiáo tiě,
海中反映山和月。
Hǎizhōng fǎnyìng shān hé yuè.
古道旁边飞蝴蝶,
Gǔdào pángbiān fēi húdié,
道边死尸流鲜血。
Dào biān sǐshī liú xiānxiě.

南山东面资江开,
Nánshān dōng miàn zī jiāng kāi,
山顶纯雪白又白,
shāndǐng chún xuěbái yòu bái,
岸边船长望大海,
àn biān chuánzhǎng wàng dàhǎi,
远处港口海里在。
yuǎn chù gǎngkǒu hǎilǐ zài.

蝴蝶翅膀像半夜,
Húdié chìbǎng xiàng bànyè,
船长眼睛望着月,
chuánzhǎng yǎnjīng wàngzhe yuè,
蓝鸟坐在树上歇,
lán niǎo zuò zài shù shàng xiē,
船长灯被东风灭。
chuánzhǎng dēng bèi dōngfēng miè.

毒药掉到船长前,
Dúyào diào dào chuánzhǎng qián,
船长慌慌望着天。
chuánzhǎng huāng huāng wàngzhe tiān.
身体麻痹头脑癫,
Shēntǐ mábì tóunǎo diān,
紫色蝴蝶在河边。
zǐsè húdié zài hé biān.

中了毒昏迷不醒,
Zhōngle dú hūnmí bù xǐng,
船长躺在河边病,
chuánzhǎng tǎng zài hé biān bìng,
蝴蝶下来从山岭,
húdié xiàlái cóng shānlǐng,
鲜血流从他的心。
xiānxiě liú cóng tā de xīn.

海岸万里一条铁,
Hǎi'àn wànlǐ yītiáo tiě,
海中反映山和月。
hǎizhōng fǎnyìng shān hé yuè.
古道旁边飞蝴蝶,
Gǔdào pángbiān fēi húdié,
道边芳草沾满血。
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

Structure

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.

言葉は万物。
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.

Poetry on Aqualon

Short Poems

Voiced by Koray Birenheide

Short Stories

The Travelers Guide to Aqualon

Articles with Author's Audio Commentary
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.

Articles with Additional Secret Lore
These articles have little extra paragraphs, tiny stories, or other extra bits of lore visible to patrons.

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.