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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...

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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?

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Tale #4: The Gate at the Mountaintop

Taishôgeki 大衝撃 is the name of a philosophy and corresponding book, written by a powerful historical figure of Aqualon. He had spent time in the realm of the Aesir and bested them in combat, traveling through the Great Land afterwards to seek wisdom in many places, speaking to many philosophers and mages of his time. Before writing the book, he fought one of the Valkyries on top of the tallest peak of the Yamato Mountain Range and defeated her. As the legend goes, he ripped her soul out of her shattered body and forged it into a great metal gate that connected the physical world to the Great Clockwork on top of that mountain, where he had a monastery built to pass on his teachings.   This new intersecting point between the real world and the Great Clockwork gained some renown in certain circles, and in fact there is a certain tradition in the far-away technocrat megacity of Borealis called “the Walk of Skeptics”, where those who doubt the existence of the Great Clockwork will journey to the monastery to step through the gate and experience it for themselves. So far, most who have taken the Walk of Skeptics have returned alive from the other side.  
“My friend, you are wearing some five cloaks…” The merchant looked young. He had a friendly, slightly worried-looking face and wore a plain purple garb in traditional Yamato fashion. Murasaki moth1
Almost no animal is as beloved in the Yamato Kingdom as the murasaki moth, which was declared their national animal in 920 GE. The creature was first domesticated when the Yamato people began to settle down in the Yamato Valley.
From the Codex Riccardium - A Primer on the Moths of Yamato
fur produced these colors due to their diet of shishisô2
The murasaki moths of Yamato inhabit the entire Yamato Mountain Range, and the dust they release from their wings spreads a unique smell that Yamato folk associate with spring time. They can grow to the size of a mid-sized dog and feed on the shishisô, also known as 'four-fingered grass' and 'silk grass', a furry kind of grass that grows almost everywhere on the Yamato Mountain Range.
- Old Tim's One Hundred Facts about Aqualon, Revised Edition, Fact Number 19
.   His hair had a slightly unkempt look about it that might just match with Kenji’s own if the colors had not been quite opposite. While the young merchant’s mane was as dark as was typical for Yamato folk, Kenji’s was silvery white; a look that had had provoked fearful stares from all those that had stood too far away to see his amber eye.   Well, the skepticism remained due to his other one, which was now hidden behind a bandana. But that one was not allowed to look upon the world anymore, not as long as he could still move… “And I’ll wear five more, if I travel long enough. Cloaks have good mantra in them. The winds of their homeland have blown through their fabric. Have the winds of your homeland blown through this cloak?” he inquired, gently running his finger about the purple fabric. It was lovely, and the hints of natural patterns were still present in its soft fibers.   “I don’t know about this mantra you speak off, sounds like mahôtsukai-talk to me.” The merchant started. It meant magus-speak.   “Yes, or yasha-talk, eh?” Kenji interrupted with a wicked grin and challenging stare.   “I do know about yasha3
Yasha, meaning something akin to "demon", is the term for victims of spellblight used in the Yamato Kingdom.
though, my friend, and I doubt you are one. Just a westerner far away from home.”   “That I am.”   “And I also know about these fabrics, and your eye does not betray you. Some of these cloaks and gis4
A traditional type of jacket that is prevalent in the Yamato Mountain Range.
are made from shishisô but not this one: it is made from good murasaki moth fur, sheered on the slopes of old Mt. Chôbu. Cloth that has been more lovingly caressed by the wind should be hard to come by, if that is your fancy, my friend.”   The spiel was good, and Kenji was ready to buy. He needed another totem: neither the cloak of the yellow sands nor the cloak of Jamphel Yeshe would serve him in these mountains. The wind here had a very strong character and he had very little soul power to work with. He put two golden coins on the counter. “I also need some water, my water skins are empty. And something to eat maybe, I have to climb the mountain over there tonight.”   The merchant’s face looked like he was internally splitting in two for a moment as he clearly wanted to comment on the coins but now also wanted comment on Kenji’s plans for the night, both exclamations so similarly weighted that it lead to some sort of interruption in his brain. After a few seconds of awkward delay that completely broke the flow of the conversation he exclaimed: “Tonight?! But it is raining and storming out there, you will break your neck! There are no stairs or ropes that go up there!”   “There is a building all the way on top though,” Kenji noted. “I need to get there. Strange that they wouldn’t have stairs or ropes.”   “They don’t need those!”   “And neither do I.”   The merchant was incredulous, and all through packing up Kenji’s new cloak, some water, and some rice cakes, he kept trying to convince him to wait for the morning at least, even offering for him to spend the night in the shop. But Kenji simply declined politely.   There were more important things to consider than survival, and he was almost out of time. The hidden eye was throbbing and aching to see the light of the world, and he had spent far too long trying to find a way to gouge it out. Now it was time to let go of restraint and look for answers at the source. Rumor had it that a gateway to the Great Clockwork was hidden within the Yamato Mountain Range, and he had found out where at great cost to himself.   When everything was ready, he took the cloak, threw it over his shoulders and tied its lace. Then he reached down and grabbed his sheathed terebra5
The staple weapon of the White Lancers of Aerialis.
, looping the strap across his shoulder. He bowed slightly and thanked the merchant before leaving his shop into the wet, howling darkness.   Tapping the sheathed sword at his side, he murmured: “I am sorry for the inconvenience, my old friend… we will have our resolution soon; for better or worse.”   He jumped down a cliff and reappeared soon after at the sheer side of the mountain he intended to climb, catapulted upwards by some invisible force. He latched onto the rock and drew himself up, making impossible leap after impossible leap. There were answers at the top, and none would stand between them and Kenji Sokolow.
— Kenjimonogatari, Part 1

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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.

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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.