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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The Week of Facts!

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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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Graduation Feddey

I was more nervous than I had ever been in my whole life. Handing in my first paper, giving my first speech, holding my first junior lecture, reciting the Scriptures of Yilik before the Grand Abbot, nothing compared to this day. The first day of my Graduation Feddey...

I still remember it so clearly: Stepping through the archway to the Candle-lit Hall at the heart of the monastery, all of my fellow students and teachers sitting there, waiting for my performance, master Vidrâel standing there in the center, calm as ever, her five-colored robes neatly ironed and crisp, her face an emotionless mask, almost looking bored. I stepped up in front of her, bowing my head deep.

She lifted her hand: "That is quite enough. Are you ready to begin your Feddey, acolyte Samson?"

I straightened up like a shoot of bamboo snapping back into place. "Yes, master Vidrâel!"

From behind her back, she pulled a plain earthenware cup and held it up in front of her. Then she pointed at a bowl of water standing by her feet: "I am thirsty, my student. Would you mind pouring some water into my cup?"

I remember how I started sweating then. This had to be a test of patience and diligence, like so many before. I very carefully knelt down and picked up the bowl with the utmost care not to spill a drop. Then, with great effort, I managed to pour water into the cup in her outstretched hand without wasting much on the wooden floor boards.

Her face remained unchanged until I was done and carefully placed the bowl back on the ground. There was some murmuring behind me, perhaps even a muffled snicker. My ears were burning. I had made a fool of myself somehow; but how?

"Well, acolyte Samson," she said, her voice still calm and measured, "I do apologize for offering such a trivial task to test your skill in water magic; clearly you have seen it as so far below your skill that you did not wish to waste the energy. I commend your admirable spirit." She put the cup to her lips and took a tiny sip as my dumbfounded eyes widened in horror. What had I done! This was my Feddey, of course I was meant to use water magic, how could I have been this stupid?

When she had swallowed, she held the cup out again: "Now, if it is not beneath you, my student, would you be so kind as to evaporate the contents of this cup and then condense the water back into the bowl? Surely that will be challenging enough for one of your exalted ability?"
I swallowed, then focused my mind. No more slip-ups...

— Master Samson Shariputra, recalling his own Graduation Feddey

Graduation Feddey is a sort of festive occasion and milestone in the life of student of the Monastery of the Five Paths. In their final term, the students usually have become so apt at attuning to the ur-souls of the elements that they can change their attunement to a different element within just one day of intense meditation. When their teachers believe them ready, they set a date for their Graduation Feddey, five days during each of which they are to present their prowess with one of the five elements. All other members of the Monastery of the Five Paths attend this ceremony, and there is a great celebration at the end. If the student succeeds, he attains the lowest "Dan", which means degree, and indicates his achievement of the first step towards mastery. He may now be employed as an assistant lecturer and mentor for the first two to three terms of new students.

Academic Graduation Ceremony

Monastery of Five Paths

Whenever a student is deemed ready by his or her instructors. It usually happens one to five times within a two-year span.

Eligible Parties
Students at the Monastery of Five Paths that have mastered elemental attunement.

The Monastery of the Five Paths was founded in 98 AA and the first master officially declared in 102 AA. After five more years in 107 AA, the tradition of the Graduation Feddey was established and has been a regular occurrence ever since.

During the Ceremony, the other students of the same term and/or the examinee's instructors that are not currently testing him play singing bowls to create a soothing background. It has happened once or twice before that instructors with a grudge struck their bowls instead of playing them, creating distracting tings during the test. While frowned upon, this practice is not forbidden.

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What's a Feddey?
A feddey is simply a time span of five days. It is one of several time-span intervals common in the vernacular:
Feddey Five Days
Tenday Ten Days
Fortnight Sixteen Days

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1 May, 2018 13:14

Solid article as always Greenhorn. Only suggestion would be to move the definition of Teddy (and tenday/fortnight) to your Sidepanel Content (top) using KEY VALUE

1 May, 2018 13:44

thanks; good tip.