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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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Tale #13: The Second Deal

The Rusty Shore port of Nankô (南鋼) has been owned by the West Yamato Trading Company (WYTC) since 1320 GE, one hundred years after the company was founded. Today it is one of the main players in the naval trade business, competing mainly with the Hank & Jordan & Tenzer Corporation (HJT) as well as various big time smugglers, most of which tie back into the Jamphel Yeshe drug cartel. Of course, some of them are also connected to the notorious Yamato Black Market, which has, at times, led to unlikely alliances between scoundrels and the WYTC in a bout to take out or at least harm the competition.   The Commonwealth of Corsia could be a major player in trade as well, but they outsource much of their capacity to HJT while specializing in a military navy themselves.  
"Ten bars of Yamato iron!" the quartermaster exclaimed. He was at the ramshackle pier, some fifteen shaku1
A shaku is approximately one third of meter.
away from Lord Urashima and the vile cretin he had to deal with. A band of greasy scoundrels were carrying away the supplies the quartermaster announced while his poorly groomed counter-part took note. That he could even write at all seemed like a minor miracle to Lord Urashima. Filthy scum.   He turned is attention back to the cretin, a creature by the name of Lee. Provincial! "You'll find the metal of impeccable quality," Lord Urashima noted drily. The disdain in his voice barely concealed.   Lee nodded. "I am sure."   "Five barrels of rice wine, eastern provinces," the quartermasters voice proclaimed. The rumbling sound of rolling barrels echoed along the pier.   "Only the best for our new business partners," Lord Urashima said, almost managing a diplomatic smile. Almost.   "Oh, we'll make good use of it," Lee replied.   It took a moment for the barrels to be rolled out onto the pier and then onward towards the shore of the small island.   "Fifty koku of rice!" the quartermaster continued.   "That will surely take them a while," Lord Urashima observed.   "They'll put their backs into it," Lee retorted. "In the meantime, why not regale me with the tale of how you came to be here, my good lord?"   Lord Urashima considered holding his tongue and just letting the remark pass, but in the end he thought to himself: I might as well talk while we wait. He needed to vent his displeasure anyways, so why not give the brute an earful bitter enough to make him regret the question? "Well, my good man, you see, it was like this: The good sir Marcus Ginnosuke, head of the company, saw fit to send the most disgraced from among his ranks on a most esteemed mission of redemption. It seems my very poor fortune has cost the company a ship, you see. While out on a trading mission, it so happened that my previous vessel ran into some trouble with pirates." He gave Lee a calculating look and then added: "Far more disreputable than yourself, my good man. They fished me out of the wreckage and ransomed me back to the company. The whole ordeal has not earned me a lot of favors, you see.   "Yes," Lee replied, "I imagine it wouldn't."   "Five rolls of murasaki cloth!" The unloading had produced a new treasure.   "Only the finest cloth Yamato has to offer," Lord Urashima said in a bored tone of voice.   "Indubitably," Lee said coolly.   And then, the quartermaster finally announced the last items to be unloaded: "Assorted swords and fire-sticks." From within the bowels of the ship, armfuls of cloth-wrapped, elongated objects were produced and carried towards and along the pier.   "An arsenal with which to join the fight," Lord Urashima proclaimed.   "Excellent," Lee agreed. "Now only one item remains."   Lord Urashima raised a brow. "I believe you are mistaken. This should be everything that was agreed upon."   Lee shook his head. "I fear it is you who are mistaken. You see, I received two proposed deals from your esteemed chairman."   "Two?"   "Quite. One was the exchange of certain wares for certain services to be rendered. This deal has been completed to our satisfaction."   "And what, pray tell, was the second deal?"   Bang!   Lord Urashima had not even seen Lee pull the flint-lock gun from wherever he had pulled it. He took in a ragged breath of shock, looking at his blood soaked hands. His belly had been pierced by the bullet. "You... you shot me!" he exclaimed.   "Yes I did. One dead captain for his ship. That was the second agreement. You certainly are unfortunate." As Lee stared at him with cold eyes, he lifted his leg and kicked Lord Urashima over the side of the ship with his boot.
— From HJT's "Ferry Tales: Pirates of Corsia"

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