A strange planet, forged out of nine floating shard worlds 7926 years ago by a powerful magus known only as the Faceless Worldshaper now travels calmly around the sun, tick tock. Once, he united the men of Midgard and Swartalbaheim against the Albenmannen, Jötunmen, and the Old Gods, beating them into submission and remaking their realms into this world.

They call it Aqualon; such has been its name, no matter how many times the Great Clockwork that runs behind all things has destroyed and then cast it into new and strange forms.

Today, seventeen centuries since the Great War of 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, that 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. These 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?

Aqualon is the world featured in the novel "Aqualon, Rise of the Broken", written by me, Koray Birenheide.

Publication status of "Aqualon, Rise of the Broken": Up to chapter 13. (303 pages)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken

| May 10, 2018

Read the Novel, now on World Anvil! (New chapters every Saturday)

In a world of strange design, a cold, brittle peace keeps the three great powers of old away from each other's throat. They are the great mages of the Middle Lands, the Old Gods, and the twin cities of the High Technocrats, and every one of them believes themselves to be the dominant force of the world.

Created and destroyed in an endless cycle of rebirth, Aqualon is a world made by a great clockwork that exists beyond the fabric of reality - and due to a force opposed to that clockwork corrupting the hearts of men, this iteration of the planet stands on the verge of collapse.

The old divide between the three great powers, a relic of the wars of ages past, may yet lead to the downfall of the human race and perhaps even the destruction of the great clockwork itself.

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Aqualon Fact of the Day #96 (9th of May 2018)

After the Declaration of Existential Independence between 22 and 25 GE, during which Borealis prepared to and then jumped away to the South Pole to forever isolate itself from the world and become a technocratic mega-utopia, the Corsic Ocean was left with a power vacuum that threatened to collapse it. The main actors taking charge across the Seventeen Yonder Islands were the Church of Pure Souls, the reemerging Great Pirate Houses, the cursed land Jamphel Yeshe, and a little bit later the newly formed Hank & Jordan & Tenzer Corporation, which expanded the weakened Hank & Jordan's Cooper and Shipwright Guild into a booming business of mages for hire, which would escort trade ships and liners through the Corsic Ocean, which was now pirate-infested. These mages are still operating today as HJT has grown to a powerful entity within the Seventeen Yonder Islands, and they are generally referred to as "Ferries" due to their occupation of ferrying people safely across the ocean.

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| May 20, 2018

There are now over 100 daily Aqualon Facts on our discord! In celebration, Discord members could request special facts for one week, which are now published in this article!

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Gatakoage 蛾凧揚げ (“Moth Kite Flying”)

About the Festival

During the ninth month of the year when autumn approaches, the strong winds around the Yamato Mountain Range begin to pick up.

Starting some time in the 4th century GE, the children's past time of kite flying began to pick up popularity among adults, and a couple of neighbors in Yamaseki began to craft elaborate kites styled after murasaki, yarenma, and sensô moths. The fad began to spread like a wildfire and in time became a tradition.

Today the gatakoage is a national celebration in the Yamato Kingdom that is held on the eighteenth day of the ninth month, during which people eat gayaki, a sort of moth-shaped pastry that is filled with sweet red bean paste, and fly colorful, moth-shaped kites while having a marvelous time. Excessive drinking, confection stands, and kite crafting workshops are usually also a given part of this festival: the larger the community, the more elaborate the celebration.

An Outsider's Perspective

My old history teacher always had a cynical or denouncing remark ready when the topic turned towards the Yamato Kindom. "The Land of Hestia ", he called it, referring to that mad magus who burned down Estverde. I confess, he had quite a bit of influence on me, him being my father and all, but now that I am here, I cannot help but see my own prejudice quelled by a culture most beautiful and people that are quite industrious in their own right.

Today, for example, a strange autumn celebration is being held in the streets of Yamaseki: people have been busy crafting bamboo kites with elaborate designs and beautiful colors. I have never seen a city so colorful; there are streamers and patterned carpets everywhere, and even the murasaki moths that many people here keep as pets had their soft furs dyed in many hues. Though I have trouble relating to the cultural love afforded to these odd creatures, eating some candied nantama fruit and pastries filled with sweet bean paste, drinking merrily with my hosts that have so graciously taken me into their home during my stay in the Yamato capital, I cannot help but think to myself: you have never known the beautiful essence of this land, father.

This traditional celebration, one of many held throughout the year as I am told, is so vibrant and full of the people’s joy and love for each other and this beautiful country that I find my prejudices melt away. Indeed they are a backwards people when it comes to the sophistication of magic, but as I see skilled performers showing off the aerial acrobatics of their trained moths and kiters fly their ingenious contraptions against the rising Yamato winds as the trees along the mountainside turn red and golden in the changing of the seasons, I begin to understand that our industrial ascendancy has ever been matched by their own industrious rise. Freed of my father's misguided world view, I am now eager to listen to some traditional autumn poetry recitations this evening, dedicated to the latter harvest of the year and the coming hibernation of the moths.

— Aldebrecht Yetlavia, 12/09/614(GE)

The Darkest Day of the Festival

During the evening of the gatakoage festival on the 18th day of the ninth month in 539 GE, the Yamato emperor Taira Agetaka was startled by a ‘too realistic’ kite of a yarenma moth while enjoying a cup of tea on his balcony. He stumbled over the railing and fell six meters down into a cherry tree, severely injuring himself. After recovering, he banned the festival for a total of 10 years in his anger.

Components and tools


An old photograph of two painted murasaki moth kites flown during the gatakoage in 843 GE. A flaw in the vintage 810 Gugenswytz lightscribe has led to some near-object skewing in the recording.

The moth kites are made from frames of light-weight dried bamboo, often having a tubular, hollow framing with wings extending to either side. These are not always attached to carry the kite but frequently as a decoration. The kites are usually held with hempen cord, though sometimes finer string made from shishisô or sometimes even silk is used for this.

While the beloved murasaki moth - often kept as a pet and quite valuable as livestock - is the most commonly represented motif, there are always some who entertain themselves with the not technically unlawful practice of making yarenma moth kites, the more realistic the better. While not illegal, these sometimes cause unease and have in rare cases led to panics and in one to a national incident since the deadly yarenma moth is feared by all Yamato people due to its narcotic moth dust and indiscriminate, omnivorous habits.

Sensô moth kites are also flown sometimes, but they are usually not to scale, real sensô moths being around as large as a female mammoth, though some kite-enthusiasts go the extra mile and make their kites massive. When they do, the material and construction rarely holds up against the wind, or just as often won't take off.

A picture of shishisô 四指草 ("Four-fingered Grass")

Shishisô, the four-fingered grass of the Yamato Mountain Range

Gatakoage 蛾凧揚げ (

Some Mood Music Composed by Me


Date it First Started
Around the 350s GE;
And then again in 549 GE after a 10 year ban

Date it was Abolished
539 GE for 10 year

The Moths of Yamato

Patterned (often with moth motifs) yukata for the women, kimonos and haoris for the men.
Unlike in summer festivals, sturdy straw sandals are more commonly worn during the gatakoage than the wooden geta that are common during the summer festivals of Yamato.

Food and Drink
Gayaki, candied nantama fruit pieces, rice cakes, nantama juice, and lots and lots of sake.


Candied nantama fruit and sake served in a traditional earthenware bottle and cup.

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Creation Date
21 Apr, 2018
Last Update
23 Apr, 2018


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23 Apr, 2018 22:19

Short and sweet, with enough body and sweet details to leave me quenched with delight, like my sake. ;) The way you formatted/styled the article title is also well done!

23 Apr, 2018 22:40

Thank you very much ^-^ I am happy you enjoyed reading the article; kinda makes me want to do the other moth-related festivals I listed in my moth article :D

25 Apr, 2018 08:34

I want to eat a gayaki!! I'd be very interested to see a food article about this with a real recipe :D

25 Apr, 2018 10:54

Well, I haven't made tayaki before... Oh, but I could make it turkish poacha filled with red bean paste. You know I do have making a "Meals of Aqualon" cooking video series on my to-do list ^-^

25 Apr, 2018 18:38

:O I cannot wait to see this!

28 Apr, 2018 17:39

Cool idea! I want to have my own moth kite now, awww :c Nice article overall :3

28 Apr, 2018 17:59

thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it ^-^