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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.

The Fox Wedding

There are no white weddings on Aqualon; at least, that is, on most parts of Aqualon. The color is an ill-omen when it comes to tradition, even though people do associate it with purity in most parts of nature.   The reason for this, of course, is the hated spellblight, the affliction that each man and woman may contract throughout their lives if they do not use magic carefully. Though the blight has been relatively rare before the spread of magic in the Middle Lands and still not a common ailment during those early centuries, the Great War led to many mages reaching too far too soon in hopes of squeezing that last ultimate flame out of the Great Clockwork and onto their enemies - enemies that sometimes carried the hallmark white hair and cobalt eyes themselves, for the secrets of Angel Saxon magus smithing involve the infusion of arms and armor with parts of ones own soul.  

Ostracized in Yamato

Even though the blight is looked down on throughout the Middle Lands, the climate towards them has, for the most part, been more one of pity and sometimes disgust rather than hatred and fear. This was hardly ever the case in the Yamato Kingdom, where the founding myth of the nation rooted the hatred and fear of blighters so deeply in the popular conscience that they are referred to as demons, so-called "yasha", to this very day. And there is no end to the superstitions of the Yamato people: even white foxes are thought of as ill omens and devils that trick people into blighting, directly opposing their love for the common brown valley fox.  

The Yashamura

However, there are a very small number of secret yashamura 夜叉村 ("demon village"), in the Yamato Kingdom. "Yasha" is the Yamato term for people suffering from spellblight, and such people are hated, feared, and persecuted. That is why some have banded together and founded secret villages where they hide from the general Yamato populace and live in peaceful seclusion. They have even begun to develop their own, separate culture.   Celebrating life above all things, this includes ostentatious wedding ceremonies, which involve the entire village. Whether blighted or not (for the children born of blighters show no sign of the affliction), all are loved and tied deeply into the community, and weddings are highlight events of the spring months of Manwhe, Wexling, and Petal, or as they are called in the Yamato Kingdom: the third, fourth, and fifth month (or sometimes moon, though the lunisolar calendar was discontinued in the Yamato Kingdom during the Age of Awakening).  

The Ceremony

Wedding ceremonies are only held during the spring months, when the willow trees produce fluffy white catkin, and often during the bloom of cherry blossom trees. The inhabitants of the yashamura call their wedding ceremonies kitsunekekkon 狐結婚 ("fox wedding"), because high mountain foxes are associated with yasha and bad luck and have conversely been taken on as symbols of good luck and divine protection by the yasha of the yashamura themselves.   Willow catkin is collected by all the boys and girls of the village, and the women knit them together into ceremonial white catkin wigs for bride and groom to wear. White high mountain foxes are lured into the village through the offering of treats, a tradition the animals have become so used to that they arrive in droves during the spring months, having become quite domesticated and friendly with the locals. Children often play with the animals, and the villagers reason that as the white foxes mean bad luck to those fearing blight, they must mean good luck to those who welcome it.   During the ceremony, a feast is held at a willow or cherry grove, depending on the bride and groom's wishes, and both perform a traditional dance around the tree, called the yashaodori 夜叉踊り("demon dance"). With every revolution around the tree, they dab a willow branch with catkin on it in paint and paint a stroke onto the tree, until it is brightly colored.   The catkin wig and brushes are meant to appease the Willowking, who is believed to be the father of all yasha in Yamato superstition, and the bright colors are meant to please and appease the spirits as the newlyweds hope for their blessing.   White yukata1
Traditionally a bathing gown used in hot springs, the yukata has been established as a traditional clothing for summer festivals and fireworks throughout the Yamato Kingdom.
for the bride and white hakama2
Many-folded, wide pants with two legs and sides that are slightly open at the top.
, shôgi3
A sort of undershirt that is light and a bit longer, covering the open parts of a hakama or serving as a vest beneath a kimono.
, and haori4
A traditional vest that can be worn over a shôgi or kimono. It is usually worn by men.
for the groom are the traditional garments worn during these ceremonies, and children are encouraged to throw fist-fulls of of catkin (and sometimes cherry blossoms) at and around both as they dance around the willow (or cherry) tree, while the foxes are encouraged to roam freely around the ceremonial grounds by way of scattered treats and belly rubs.   There is no cake, but pink cherry-blossom mochi filled with sweet bean paste are passed all around, and an enormous pot of stew is prepared to feed the entire village after the ceremony has taken place.

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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.