Aqualon World Updates

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    Oct 21, 2022

    The World Anvil article category widget is now correctly rendered in articles on this site. This makes the Encyclopedia Aqualonia article much more useful.

  • The Storm Winds of Glazglubin now on Bookshelf
    Oct 17, 2022

    With the new website up and running, "the Storm Winds of Glazglubin" has been added to the bookshelf. We are currently up to chapter 5 at over 50.000 words!

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    Oct 16, 2022

    While the design remains similar, the engine below this website's hood has been completely rebuilt from scratch. This platform no longer directs back and forth between itself and World Anvil, instead you can access almost all Aqualon World Anvil content right from here. Articles are regularily cached, meaning you can load articles fairly quickly and directly under the "Explore Aqualon" tab. The article search has been enhanced, there is a new "random article" feature and several style upgrades have also been implemented.

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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.

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Aqualon Short Stories


Find all of Aqualon's wondrous tales in one easy-to-navigate place and buckle up for epic stories of all sorts!

The Daily Lives of Aqualon's Patrons


Dive into a plethora of monthly serials telling the tales of various people on Aqualon, based on the Patrons who support this project.

Patrons of Aqualon, January 2019


This multi-story serial follows the adventures of the various patron tiers of Aqualon and the people that are part of them. ~ 2773 Words

Tale #15: Ironclad People


From ~One Hundred Fantastic Facts Come to Life~. ~ 1138 Words

Tale #14: Svalbrynd Chain Gang


A short story from the times the Axis of Steel was founded. The Iron Belt is a dangerous place, and doubly so if you dare to try mining it... ~ 1519 Words

Tale #13: The Second Deal


A short story about duty, betrayal, and good busines, and about the shady deals between the West Yamato Trading Company and the Black Market. ~ 800 Words

Tale #12: The White Death


A ship drifting into the jaws of a terrible trap - this is a short story from the Tales of the Mandala Triangle, the greatest ship graveyard of Aqualon. ~ 853 Words

Tale #11: Wisteria and Green-Leaf Jasmine


Aqualon's many cultures have their own unique last rites for the departed. This short story portrays a widows tale, turning her deceased husband into a crystal... ~ 2286 Words

Tale #10: The Velvet Scholia


Ferries of the HJT Company are trained ship mages for hire, accompanying trade and cruise vessels across pirate infested waters. This short story follows one such pirate encounter. ~ 1202 Words

Tale #9: The Stacks of Fulgrath


Industry, even, or perhaps especially, the magical kind, tends to sacrifice the little man on the altar of profit. But this short story has some extra sting, following an intern at the Fulgrath power plant. ~ 1420 Words

Tale #8: Dearest Vincent


A letter from Rudolph Molotov to Vincent Kunibert Greenhorn, two seminal Aqualonian scientists that were involved in the groundbreaking research for the quantification of magic. ~ 856 Words

Tale #7: Bits and Bytes, Allocate and Divide


Aqualon is a planet reborn over and over; but when the first machine attained sentience in its past incarnation, Aura, a monumental ripple went through the collective souls of the world... A short story about the awakening machine. ~ 639 Words

Tale #6: Jump!


A short story from the monumental day the center of Borealis was ripped out of the city as seperatist technocrats made their vie for independance. Not everyone came out unscathed that day... ~ 961 Words

Tale #4: The Gate at the Mountaintop


On a journey to save his soul from invasive animancy, Lord of Wind Kenji Sokolow seeks the Gate at the Mountaintop, pathway to the Great Clockwork, built by Plâton Rai'enjôh centuries ago... ~ 1267 Words

Tale #3: The Glade of Druith


The Druithi are a nomadic folk, inhabiting the Glade of Druith, where animals and trees grow to unbelievable sizes... This is the story of one of their most important gatherings: A time of life, death, and magic. ~ 950 Words

Tale #2: The Mighty Brammenwoods


There are precious gems in the mighty trees of the Brammenwoods, but only a fool would dare venture there to pry them off. A fool like Hildur... ~ 920 Words

Tale #1: On the Signing of the Null Concord


When the Null Concord was signed, the world of Aqualon became a little bit safer. But few know that the shadows had a hand in the ratification of the document... ~ 605 Words

One Hundred Fantastic Facts Come to Life


Facts about Aqualon and little stories attached to them.

The Animancer, vol. 1: Facing the Storm


After a lucrative haul at the port of Black Steel, Captain Elizabeth Keen is steering the Temptress towards Kiln; but dark clouds in the distance await the ship... ~ 2713 Words

The Black Priest of Rastrowel


A short story about the little girl Lyn, who lives with her uncle, an HJT ferry (a magus that protects ships), his apprentice Makani, and the mysterious Lady Wisp in a lighthouse hut on the island of Rastrowel. The first HJT Ferry Tale. ~ 5325 Words

Poetry on Aqualon

Short Poems

Voiced by Koray Birenheide

Short Stories

The Travelers Guide to Aqualon

Articles with Author's Audio Commentary
Listen to my varied ramblings about the context of this lore, how it came to be as well as various thoughts on the World of Aqualon and my writing process.

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.

Articles with Additional Secret Lore
These articles have little extra paragraphs, tiny stories, or other extra bits of lore visible to patrons.

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.