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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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The Fox in Yamato Culture

Kenmu stopped in his tracks, holding his son back. This was the first hunting trip he had taken the boy out on, so he was keen to impress, but going this far up the mountain had been a mistake. "Careful now, Yoichi, it's a white fox..." He pointed over at the creature, which was leisurely striding away from them to their right.
"Oh no, father, will he take us away into the snow?"
"Quiet, boy, he seems to be away on his own business right now, don't draw his attention. I think we are safe this time. Always give the white ones a wide berth, your uncle once crossed the path of one and got mauled by a bear later."
"Yes father."
"Well, we'll stop for the day and set up camp, best to not tempt our luck..."
— A hunter from Okajimura of the Yamato Valley and his son.
  The Yamato people have a long history of deep spiritualism and naturalism. Secluded as they lived for many centuries at a time in the Yamato Valley due to recurring periods of sealing off the country to foreigners, they have attached special significance to certain animals and plants and fostered their believes that souls sometimes remain in the world as spirits.  
"hakkosekko" 白狐赤狐   It literally means "white fox, red fox", but is a common idiom1
Four character words like this are called Yojijukugo 四字熟語, which means "four character idiom". Any four character Yamato word that works as an idiom is thusly titled and considered to be of high literary standard, which often involves them in poetry. Though the number 4 is often considered unlucky in different cultures of the Great Land, the Yamato people diverge from that belief, arguing that in being the number between both 3 and 5, the two numbers that govern the natural world, the number 4 is a uniting number. "Four" also sounds like "death" in the tongue spoken in the Yamato Kingdom and is associated with the cycle of rebirth because of it. It is also referred to as "the linking number". Another popular Yojijukugo is Shunkashûtô 春夏秋冬, which means "the four seasons" but literally translates into "Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter". Shunkashûtô is also the name given to the foremost institute of weather science located in Yamaseki.
in the Yamato Kingdom and means something along the line of "fortune is fickle" or "sometimes you are lucky, sometimes you are not".
— From "Idioms of Aqualon"
  There are two common types of foxes that live in the Yamato Mountain Range: the valley fox, which has a rust-colored coat, and the high mountain fox, which has a grey to white coat.   While the valley fox is associated with the spirits of the harvest and fertility, often being thought of as messengers that know the secret passageways into the spirit world, the boundary layer between this world and the Great Clockwork in Yamato folklore, the high mountain fox is associated with the spirits themselves and, more importantly, with spellblight.   Because of their white coat, the Yamato people have associated the white high mountain fox with the the sickness that befalls all who deal unwisely with magic, for their hair grows white and their eyes shine blue when they are afflicted with it. In the Yamato Kingdom, people who suffer from spellblight are thought of as "Yasha", which is a word akin to spirit or demon, and they are both feared and persecuted. Foxes with a white coat are believed to be lesser demons that lure people out into the cold and then make deals with them, promising warmth in exchange for their souls.   The red valley foxes, on the other hand, are welcome sights to most Yamato people, who see them as harbingers of good fortune and weather, whereas people fear that bad luck will follow them if they see high mountain foxes.
A valley fox lying in the tall grass.
A high mountain fox cautiously observing its surroundings.
Physical / Metaphysical Law | Jul 27, 2020

My eyes are blue now / yet, there is no innocence / and on the magic do I vow / to make them pay forever hence ~ 1922 Words

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