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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 Keepers

Water, Fire, Lightning, Earth, Wind. The power of these five magical elements is reincarnated through the Keeper souls again and again. They are, or at least should be the most powerful people alive, commanding their respective elements with absolute power, a power that far surpasses that of ordinary mages.   When it comes to magic, the elemental kind is far easier to access than the clockwork kind, because an elemental magus need but to tune into one of the five Ur-Souls of the elements and bend a fraction of it to their will, whereas a clockwork magus will have to access the magic library of the Great Clockwork via their inner gates.   Keepers do not bend fractions. They speak a prayer, and the elements listen.
   

History of Keepers on Aqualon

After the War of the Reshaping, the Keeper Weapons had been freed from Odin's armory in Asgard and placed before the survivors of the winning side, the Midgardians, Vanier, and Swarten that had joined the Faceless World Shaper and Yilik. Among them, the Keepers rediscovered their strength, and they used their dominion over the elements to carve new nations out of their former great civilizations on a virgin planet.   For the entire First Age and the first half of the Age of the Iron Divide, great kingdoms and nations rose and fell with the birth and death of new Keepers until the rise of the Magus King of the Footlands. Wilhelm Staufer, Lord of Earth was the first Keeper to raise a mighty castle in the very center of the Middle Lands and establish a magocratic lineage. By his decree, his soul was to be the Magus King of the Footlands and their vassals forevermore.   A secondary line of stewardship was established, placing the other Keepers into power by proxy until a Lord of Earth came of age, but the charter was quickly amended as other Keepers took the throne of the Magus King for themselves and at times multiple Keepers vied for it, leading to the Keeper Wars in the latter centuries of the Age of the Iron Divide.  
It was the First Invasion and the beginning of the Age of Heroes that lead to the uniting of the Keepers against the threat of the Nordmen and the Old Gods, creating the Council of Keepers, who would rule the Middle Lands thereafter.   Once the Great War was won, one of the amendments of the Peace Treaty gave the body of the Keeper Council express claim on the Keeper souls, meaning that reborn Keepers would by international law have to be extradited to the Middle Lands to be raised as Keepers of the council.   In turn, the Keepers, now in charge of the Middle Lands, vowed to maintain the peace.
 
The Tower of Five
Building / Landmark | Feb 6, 2019

The Tower is the ruling house of the five Keepers, who are in charge of the Middle Lands. ~ 461 Words

 

Keepers of Note

Efalla

Efalla is considered the Grandmother of all Maoloaiya, "Tupuna o Maoloaiya", who consider themselves the children of her followers, the Efalli. She was the first Lady of Water on the new planet of Aqualon after the Reshaping of the World. She led the Vanierkindern to what would later become Vechnaya Bramma by the Brammenwoods and the Ainan Island Group, the birthplace of the Maoloaiya culture.  
Efalla, Lady of Water
Character | Oct 14, 2022

Chief of chiefs, first leader of the Vanierkindern in the New World. Efalla led her peers to the great Lake Glazglubin and the Corsic Ocean where they would later become known as the Efalli and eventually the Maoloaiya.

 

Horvath Innsrai

Lord of Fire Horvath Innsrai is most famously known for killing the Mad Magus Hestia who had fled her imprisonment after her infamous destruction of the City State of Estverde.  
Hestia
Character | Jul 30, 2020

Some people change the world for the better; but sometimes the way they do it is unsavory to say the least. (5556 Words)

Though people generally believe this to be indisputable proof of the impotence of even the most powerful elemental magus against a true Keeper of their Element, Hestia, in fact, awaited her death quietly, not resisting the execution.
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The true heritage of Innsrai is often outshone by this deed, for he was one of the most powerful Magus Kings of the Middle Lands, and also among the last few before the line ended.   During the Age of Awakening, he maintained powerful relations with the Queen Paro of the Arkamanthali Empire, who was the Lady of Water at the time.
The burning sun in the middle, and the gentle river to the south. Let us make these lands fertile and mighty!
— Innsrai to Paro Aui
 

Aui Nekhbet Eshe Tabla Kayun

From the 600s AID to her death in 22 AH, Paro Aui of the Red Sands, Lady of Water, spent her long life of over 300 years carving out an unmatched legacy that rose and fell with her mighty line.   During the First Age and the Age of the Iron Divide, the mighty city of Arkatrash had sprawled along the great river Giranja throughout the Red Sands. It was the rise of Aui that led to its greatest centuries, for the Lady of Water spread the teachings of water magic among her people, using her incredible gift to terraform the desert. The entire Red Sands became a fertile, green garden, crisscrossed by artificial rivers and channels, and the great Pyramids of Arkamanthali were erected as her dynasty's palaces of rule.   However, with the Great War during the Age of Heroes, Paro Aui was killed in battle, and the war effort stretched her mages so thinly, that the art became lost to the Arkamanthali people over the course of many decades. The rivers receded and the sand retook the fertile lands, and Arkamanthali became Arkatrash once more, an empire reduced to one great city around the unyielding banks of the Giranja.  
To the Pyramids of Arkamanthali on Camel-Back
Building / Landmark | Jan 25, 2019

The Travlers Guid to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE. ~ 1305 Words

 

Adelbert Trast

Adelbert Trast along with his Guardians, Clarie Vinstek and Karl Trast was the inventor of wind riding, the magical combat style of the The White Lancers of Aerialis, which were founded after his heroic death in 192AH.   While this legacy strongly outweighs his lifetime contributions in the memory of the people, he was a fierce Keeper of Wind, who fought against Old Gods on even footing, defeating many powerful foes during the Great War and ultimately suffering his final defeat at the hands of a squadron of Valkyries while securing the escape of his Guardians.  
The White Lancers of Aerialis
Organization | Dec 26, 2018

An order of elite mage soldiers, skilled in a secret art of wind magic. (682 Words)

 

The Keepers of Today

The year is 1703 GE, and the Keeper Council is in shambles. With the death of Lady Kathlyn and the flight of Lord Kenji, who is suspected of her murder, only Sammeth, Lord of Earth, Din, Lady of Fire, and Atlas, Lord of Water remained, and Atlas too, or so goes the official narrative, turned against the council, leaving only two to govern the Middle Lands from the Tower of Five.  

Atlas Muundir

Lord of Water Atlas Muundir is best known for his campaign and victory against the dread animancer Balsibart, who depopulated entire islands on the Ocean Belt and was stopped by Atlas and a group of intrepid heroes that faced him in the Saltplains.   There, Atlas used his command of water as well as old magic to seal the animancer far underground inside an ice berg within the Secret Ocean below the Great Land.  

Din of High Saxia

Born among the mighty The Angel Saxons, Lady of Fire Din boasts a powerful magical heritage and has displayed impressive prodigy to match it from an early age on.   With three Keepers dead or defected from the council, she is the only Keeper remaining besides Lord Sameth Gildorn, though the Lord of Earth keeps her on a tight leash, insisting she focus on her education rather than state affairs. For this reason, her proxies, the Guardians of Fire, have taken over many of her duties in governing the City of Fire, Lumina Aka.  

Kathlyn Dulheine

Said to have killed herself with her own trident Ankerias in 1702 GE, Kathlyn Dulheine, Lady of Lightning died under suspicious circumstances, the prime suspect being Kenji Sokolow, Lord of Wind.   With her death, her permanent seat as one of the three consuls of Fulgrath also opened up temporarily, and her absence has left an uncomfortable power vacuum in the Republic of Fulgrath.   Kathlyn was a powerful Keeper, and most infamous for her childhood years, when her uncle and friends hid her away from the Keepers on the Corsic island of Rastrowel. There, she had to discover her powers without the aid of her trident, a weapon belonging to her by birthright. Even though not in full possession of her Keeper Powers, she faced the ancient and powerful animancer Vordestra and came out on top at the end of the confrontation, a feat that is still recounted in stories throughout the Corsic Ocean.  

Sameth Gildorn

The oldest among the living Keepers, Lord of Earth Sameth Gildorn is considered a wise and learned man, who used to teach at the Gladering University in Arda. His knowledge of magic and history is extensive, and he has been a trusted guiding influence among the other Keepers for years, before the tragic events that lead to the current state of the council.  

Kenji Sokolow

Like Kathlyn Dulheine, Kenji Sokolow, too, did not grow up among the Keepers in the Tower of Five. His father, Antonin Sokolow, known as the Black Czar of Vechnaya Bramma defied the extradition treaty of the Age of Heroes, withholding his son from the other Keepers and withstanding their advances too.   The immortal Czar had amassed a vast array of powerful animantic magic and creatures under his employ, fortifying his lands against attack for many centuries, and even the Keepers were loath to face the dark magic of his Outcast animancers, those who had learned their craft in fabled Druith and had paid the price for learning how to abuse it.   It was Kenji himself, who defied his father and fled to the Middle Lands to claim his destiny, but the shadow of the Black Czar is long, and sometimes he still felt it within the mighty walls of the Tower of Five.   Now, he has fled those walls, leaving the tower after the death of Kathlyn, to where, no one knows...  

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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.