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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...

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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?

Browse Aqualon's countless lore articles below: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror, Mystery; there is enough to suit any palate and sate any appetite.

The Keeper Weapons

A year would come, the year of stories, where men on all the settled realms would tell a tale; a tale so powerful and moving that it lit their people's souls ablaze. When this first great tale was told and the white went into those who heard it, the great spasm of magic that was unleashed awakened the Titans, who had slumbered within the very cores of the shard worlds. From each populated asteroid, a mighty weapon rose out of the ground, and with it embedded in their heads, four-legged titans grew, made out of their distilled elements: Water, Fire, Lightning, Earth, and Wind.   The titans arose and mankind held its breath before their awesome might. As the seconds ticked away eons of dark anticipation, one man or woman would step forth and stand in front of each titan; one per world. They would reach out, and the titans would lower their heads and touch their hands.
  These are the five Keeper Weapons: Aalandra, the Water, Saramaganta, the Fire, Ankerias, the Lightning, Kaplumbağa, the Earth, and Orzelgryf, the Wind. Seven iterations of the world ago on the planet then called "Terra", there was a great sorcerer simply known by the moniker "the Smith", who created so many of the eternal arms and armor that have endured past the breaking and remaking of new worlds since. Tricked by his own apprentice, who bore the soul of the Lord of Water, he smelted a fraction of the Ur-Soul of Water into a concentrated ingot, from which he forged the first Keeper Blade.   He dubbed it Aalandra and presented it to his apprentice, who betrayed him and ushered in a dark age in the world of Terra, bending his amplified connection to his element as well as the many powerful pieces of armor he had forged under the tutelage of his former master towards evil purposes.   Betrayed and defeated but not dead, the Smith reached out to the League of Sorcerers and with their help found the other Keeper Souls, who agreed to stand against the Lord of Water.   For each of them, the Smith forged a blade, each made from a mighty ingot smelted out of the souls of their elements. And so the Keeper Weapons were created and the connection between Keeper and Element would forever become amplified yet narrower than it had been before, suffering great diminishing when the weapon was too far away or sealed behind magic locks.   These weapons are enchanted with powerful magic, and if anyone other than their rightful owner touches them without express permission, they will count themselves lucky if their hand is the only thing they lose on that day...
Tale #5: Keepers, Blades, and Elements
Prose | Jul 16, 2020

Each Keeper wields their Keeper weapon, which grants them dominion over their magical element. This is a story about Din, the young Keeper of Fire, unsure of whether she is ready for the responsibility. ~ 1276 Words

 

Aalandra, the Water

The first Keeper Weapon ever created. Throughout the worlds and their ages, it has taken on many shapes as the personality of the Keeper wielding it, even though their soul remains the same, can influence Aalandra's form.   Most Keepers wield swords of one ilk or another, and Aalandra in particular tends to take such shapes, but some have seen it manifest as battle chains of various designs, as tridents, spears, and even whips. It's form, color and decoration often vary depending on the wielders preferences of relying more heavily on ice or water in their style of combat.   The weapon's current form is that of an exceptionally long Yamato sword, a single-edged, slightly curved blade with a broad back. It has a ice-blue cord tied around its elegant grip and a metal guard with a three-comma design. Its current wielder is Atlas Muundir.

Saramaganta, the Fire

Like Aalandra, this Keeper Weapon tends to appear in blade form more often than not, though it has often been seen in the shape of heavier weapons like axes and polearms.   One of Saramaganta's most famous appearances on the current world of Aqualon was in the form of Lord Pavlov Muhan's Volcanic Hammer, which would light up like the cracking stone atop an active volcano's caldera when his grand magic began to flare up.   The weapon's current wielder, Din of High Saxia, seems slight in stature for its considerable heft, for it has the shape of a mighty flamberge sword. Yet, the Lady of Fire, despite her young age, is well-trained in the art of fencing and can bring more force to bear than one might expect of her. With hilt bound in supple, black leather, this devastating weapon can smash through armor with brute force, or melt it away with the savage heat of a thousand forge fires if need be...

Ankerias, the Lightning

Now in the shape of a silver trident with blue sheen, this mighty weapon often takes the shape of smaller blades such as short swords or daggers and has been used as a thrown weapon many times, returning to its wielder unerringly using the less explored magnetic force of lightning magic to its advantage.   It is also the only Keeper Weapon that has ever been known to sometimes appear in a twin form, such as dual daggers. The separating nature of electrical charges and therefore the Lightning Element has favored the act of also separating the weapon, which some Keepers have achieved.   Currently, the trident Ankerias lies sealed away in the armory of the Tower of Five, kept in a magically reinforced box with five chains around it on orders of Sameth Gildorn, Lord of Earth, awaiting the rebirth of the Lord or Lady of Lightning who are to reclaim it once old enough to wield it.

Kaplumbağa, the Earth

This mighty Keeper Weapon has raised mountains out of the ground and swallowed nations into sinkholes throughout the worlds and their ages.   It rarely appears in subtle forms such as swords or spears, but rather heavy hitting weapons such as hammers, maces, and flails that shake the ground. Some forms of polearms, heavy chains, battle axes, and even gauntlets have been seen in the hands of some Lords of Earth.   The current wielder of Kaplumbağa is Sameth Gildorn, who spent many years as an educator at the Gladering University, all while dutifully governing Arda and the Erdwald Domain. It has the form of a one-handed mace with a crystal mace head made of what looks like a single, jagged yet polished amethyst with golden imperfections that make it all the more beautiful.

Orzelgryf, the Wind

Might of wind, this weapon always comes in light forms and generally bladed, for winds of Orzelgryf can be quite cutting if enriched with enough magic energy...   Estocs and rapiers have been its chosen form among many Lords of Wind, but also curved blades such as sabers and swords of the Yamato variety, and from time to time a dagger or miniature lances resembling the modern terebra of Aerialis.   The current form of Orzelgryf, wielded by Kenji Sokolow, has the shape of a well-balanced estoc with winding, spiral-like designs worked into its guard and hilt, which is bound in white leather.

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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.