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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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Higashi Taifûmon 東大風門

Crafted by ancient Yamato Ur-soulism worshipers in 52 AID, this gargantuan torii was built between the islands of Chagoku 茶国 and Kodama 小玉 as one of the greatest feats of Yamato magic to this day. Though lagging behind significantly in magical sophistication compared to the Middle Lands these days, students at the Rickard Leeuw Magistorium still go on excursions to the Shôwa Shotô to behold the wondrous monument themselves.   Still active and working, ships that sail westward through the gate are accelerated by a powerful channel of wind that carries them all the way to Hammerhead.   The gate was constructed because the distance between the Lower Yamato Islands and the Anvil Islands is quite significant, making sea travel between them difficult.
— From the Aqualon Grand World Atlas, 2nd Edition

Torii in Yamato Culture

The Torii, written with the characters "bird" and "to reside" (鳥居), is a traditional Yamato structure. Generally it appears in the shape of a wooden arch consisting of two straight pillars holding up a slightly downward curved roof.   They are often used to demarcate areas of intense spiritual energy where soothsayers and priests have supposedly detected a thin barrier between this world and the spirit world, a layer that sometimes eases and sometimes hinders the passage of souls from this world to the Great Clockwork.   During the golden age of Yamato magic in the Age of the Iron Divide, magical torii were created by powerful priests and shrine maidens to serve as elemental receptacles during the height of Ur-Soulism. Unlike the classical torii, which were painted red, these magical torii sported colorful patterns symbolizing their corresponding element.   The Higashi Taifûmon, however, the most powerful wind torii ever constructed, was painted in the classical red, symbolizing that the wide ocean was the true home of the Ur-Soul of Wind.

The Wind Magic of Yore

The magic of the Higashi no Taifûmon lies in its ritualistic components: thick ropes tied around the bases of its pillars, braided by hundreds of shrine maidens, prayer tags, written with calligraphic characters by the most powerful priests of their time, and engravings, skillfully wrought by master carpenters of Yamato.   Objects, on their own, can never produce magical effects, because magic requires souls. There have been many attempts to find magical signs, runes, or geometric shapes that, on their own, siphon magical energy directly from the five Ur-Souls, but none to any avail. However, there have been ways to create permanent magical objects since the days of the Albenmannen, long before spell ink was invented in the Middle Lands: By shaving small pieces of one's own soul and imbuing them into the object one was crafting.   The Higashi Taifûmon is especially brilliant in the application of this principle, because ever strand of every rope and every tag plastered over the pillars each hold a minuscule sliver of the souls that worked on them. Tiny echos of the souls of shrine maidens, priests, and carpenters have been wrought into the wood, rope, and paper, and they keep the magic active perpetually, acting as a continuous trigger that taps into the Ur-Soul of Wind.

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