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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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Rikkigen and the Ur-souls

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During the Age of the Iron Divide, a circle of Yamato philosophers from well-off houses with traditions of magic met regularly between 49 and 82 AID to discuss the scriptures of Yilik and make their own observations about the nature of the universe and the Great Clockwork, which was called the Daihô in the Yamato tongue. They called themselves the Buyôrin 舞葉輪 ("Ring of Dancing Leaves").  

Ri, Qi, Gen

"Rikkigen" is a more modern pronunciation of Yilik's "Ri, Qi, Gen", the three principles that make up the universe. In their studies and discussions, they often talked and theorized about the importance of the five elements in forming a comprehensive model of the universe.


Ri means something like "reason" or "principle". It is explained by Yilik as a primal energy or truth, which imbues all things with the rules that define what they are. The principle which imbues a rock with the concept of being a rock and not something else is Ri. Ri brings order into the universe.  


Qi means something like "spirit" or "energy". It is explained by Yilik as the primal energy or truth that imbues living beings with the power to move and act of their own accord. It is opposed to Ri and brings chaos into the universe. People, too, according to Yilik, could choose to act on their Qi or on their Ri. The former meaning acting against and the latter towards their archetypes. As such there is a Ri of being a son, a Ri of being a father, a Ri of being daughter, a Ri of being a mother, a Ri of being a farmer, a Ri of being a king, and so many more.  


Gen means something like "origin" and refers to the primal energy or truth that enables things which have Ri to develop Qi, surpassing their own concepts. This aspect is the least understood of the three basic truths, and even the later form of the Core Trinity does not really change this truth in any meaningful way. Modern philosophers and technocrats in particular ascribe the concept of "emergence" to what was understood as "Gen" in the olden days.
— From "A Study of Yilik" by Rickard Leeuw

Digging Deep

In their research, they read not only the scripts of Yilik but also sought out old scripts of the Angel Saxons and oral traditions of the Kaltani, which told of the Elemental Titans of the early Old World. They realized that the Keeper Weapons, the indestructible, eternal artifacts that enable the Five Keepers to control the elements freely, were the fabled items that gave life to the titans and used this discovery to further cement the elements in their world view.  

Three Truths Within, Five Paths Without

They concluded that beyond the three central principles or "truths" of the universe, the Rikkigen, five paths extend endlessly, making up everything within the universe.   On the inside, they defined the five facets of human existence: Tamashi 魂 ("soul"), Iryoku 意力 ("willpower"), Seimeiryoku 生命力 ("life force"), Honnô 本能 ("instinct"), Ki 気 ("spirit"). Whereas the original form of Rikkigen used the "ki" character to describe what Yilik had called Qi, the philosophers of the Buyôrin supplanted that principle with "son" 存 ("existing").   On the outside, they had the five elements: water, fire, lightning, earth, and air.  

The Great Philosophers of Yamato

Because magic was so strongly tied to the elements, they began theorizing that these elements were powerful souls in their own rights, just as the Keeper Weapons. In their many years of study and contemplation, they conversed with the Great Clockwork and sought out some of the Keepers to gain their perspective. They cemented the status of the Keeper Trinity, the three-soul-connection between Keeper, Keeper Weapon, and elemental Ur-soul in a number of scrolls that would garner much fame around the world.

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