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The Aqualon Builders Guild and Challenges YOU can Participate in! (article)

Become part of the Aqualon Builders Guild! Support this world, participate in Writing challenges, and earn awesome rewards!

The Aqualon Quest Log (article)

Here are past Aqualon Builders Guild Quests from the Aqualon Discord Server and the people that successfully completed them. Learn more about quests in the article!

The Tower of Five (landmark)

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

The Rahn Cottage (landmark)

This beautiful little cottage is built onto the side of the Rahnbach river by the Tokerei Foothills, a truly pristine location.

The Wall of Aqualon Contest and Challenge Winners (article)

These people have aprticipated in special Aqualon challenges and won cool prizes!

Past Aqualon Builders Guild Challenges (article)

Learn more about past creative challenges hosted by the Aqualon Builders Guild.

Aquaris (settlement)

One of the five capitals of the Middle Lands, home to the Spire of Rahn.

The Grand Master of the Null (rank)

Veiled in shadows ever shifting, the master commeth, and he knoweth many things.

Spell Ink (item)

Spell ink is a restricted substance produced in the Middle Lands. It is used in all five of the great cities of that land where they create magic engines with it.

The Yamato Kingdom (organization)

The Yamato Kingdom is one of the oldest kingdoms of Aqualon and located in the great Yamato Mountain Range, the largest mountain range of the planet.

Nubium, the Magic Metal of Aerialis (material)

Nubium is a magic engine metal created from aluminum and spell ink. When touched it turns weightless.

Plâton Rai’enjoh (person)

Aqualon't greatest hero was not born a Keeper, just a regular boy who wound up at the doorstep of the Old Gods.

Atlas [ Chapter 6 ] (prose)

Stray in the Void (prose)

A ballad about the thin line between nihilism and the quest for enlightement by the poet Drahoslav of Glazglubin.

The Margrave's Favor (plot)

[One-shot Adventure] The highly regulated magical metal nubium is being smuggled out of Aerialis by racketeers. The margrave will not stand for this and has started organizing patrols and investigations to find and punish the ringleaders behind this.

The Fox Wedding (ritual)

None would dare to hold a white wedding on Aqualon, none but the white themselves.

Day of the Warriors Underhill (militaryConflict)

On this day, an entire Kaltani and Skôtish war-band was buried alive by the Lord of Earth Mandred Valhelion.

Murasaki Moths as Pets (species)

Almost no animal is as beloved in the Yamato Kingdom as the murasaki moth, its national animal. And though many households in Yamato raise the little critters, people from different regions are usually not so lucky as to be afforded that privilege.

Jamphel Yeshe (location)

The first clockwork exclusion zone. No magic. No god. Just depravity and human garbage littering hopeless streets of a once holy land...

The Grand Magus Tournament (ritual)

On the first day of Auri, the bell is rung, and might marches into the Taira Coliseum on Mt. Tenbashira.

Kuikoroshi no Nemuri 食い殺しの眠り (“The Sleep of Devouring”) (condition)

When the yarenma moth flaps its wings, run. Run fast and run far....

The Original Baba Yaga (myth)

Three queens to stand tall above all pirate lords, one bringing magic, one bringing cannons, and one bringing drugs...

The Fox in Yamato Culture (species)

The Yamato people can be quite superstitious, and seeing a fox can have very different implications for them, depending on the color of its coat.

Son of a Shoe - A bit of Arkatrashian Culture (language)

Sometimes insults take a moment to slip past the cultural barrier.

Idioms of Aqualon (ritual)

A list of of idioms used throughout Aqualon

The Magus Towers of the Middle Lands (profession)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

The Magnificent Spire of Rahn (landmark)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

Gears, Mounds, and Elements - Funeral Rites on Aqualon (ritual)

People don't dwell on death all that much on Aqualon, for their souls are reincarnated over and over by the power of the Great Clockwork. Still, life is life, and there is a time to mourn for all who lose those close to them.

[Contest] Waking the Animancer (article)

Create your own character for the Aqualon setting and get a chance at playing in the “The Animancer” campaign!

The Magic Engine (technology)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

Academic Titles (article)

The Academic Titles of Borealis, Miyako Fluxum and Altonar

The Travel Gates of Fulgrath (vehicle)

Take a step and save yourself an hour or two. Mass transit with style.

Glint, by Heinrich Thadeus Borgerat (document)

The book that, unintentionally, inspired the founding of the Church of Pure Souls.

Vinclav, the Master of Keys (person)

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.

Hestia (person)

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

Codex Riccardium - A Primer on the Moths of Yamato (species)

As Riccard Leeuw prepares to discuss the principles of technamagix in his codex, he sets a few pages aside to talk about the Moths of Yamato.

“Visiting the Fukushima Photography Exhibition in Offenbach, Germany” - The Aqualon Blog #5 (13.Jul.2018) (article)

Read about my visit of a wonderful exhibition of photographs made by Japanese protest artists.

Adryean James Augustus Finkleroy [“The Animancer” Campaign] (person)

Jack Of All Trades, But Master Of None.

Pure White (ethnicity)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

In With the Black Market (organization)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

Arkatrash, A City of Splendor and Friendly Faces (settlement)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

The Travelers Guide to Aqualon (location)

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE.

The Secret of the Willow King (myth)

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

To the Pyramids of Arkamanthali on Camel-Back (landmark)

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

Ayveron [ Chapter 18b ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 18, Outriders

Din [ Chapter 17b ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 17, Revalation

Gwenawel [ Chapter 18 ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 18, Outriders

Ayveron [ Chapter 18a ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 18, Outriders

Chapter 18 - Outriders (prose)

Chapter 18 of Aqualon, Rise of the Broken

“The World Building Community” - The Aqualon Blog #4 (07.Jul.2018) (article)

This time I talk about the Gates of Aqualon TV stream and my thoughts on my experiences with the World Building Community in these past weeks.

Help Aqualon and Become a Citizen! (article)

Become part of the Aqualon Builders Guild! Support this world, participate in Writing challenges, and earn awesome rewards!

The Margrave's Favor, a stand-alone, playable Fate Tabletop Adventure (article)

The fourth issue of the Gates of Aqualon Magazine! This is a full stand-alone adventure module designed for the Fate Core tabletop system! Almost 50 pages of material for fun evenings with your friends, use out-of-the-box characters or make your own! ^-^

The Altonar Calendar (article)

The Altonar Calendar is used in Altonar, the Middle Lands, and some of the Seventeen Yonder Islands.

Heru in the Green Baronies; Write in the comments what our community operated character will do next! (article)

This Adventure is up to YOU! Tell us about Heru's first experiences as a mercenary in the Saltplains.

The Brotherhood of the Null (organization)

"What Comes to Be Will Come to Naught." - A black wave washes over the land and all magic ends.

The Middle Lands (location)

The Middle Lands are the most powerful region of the Great Land, which encompasses most inhabital parts of the Southern Hemisphere of Aqualon.

Magic (law)

The magic of Aqualon comes in several forms, but all of them share the same nature.

The Connection Between Mind and Great Clockwork (article)

The human mind connects to the Great Clockwork via five inner gates located in the so-called soulscape, which connects to the mindspace via a Great Gate located in a person's inner void.

The Middle Lands Magic Research Consortium (organization)

The MLMRC is a research think tank that meets up for one month each year at the Tower of Five to advance magic and science in the Middle Lands and promote unity through advancement and prosperity.

Brynwain Fever (condition)

One of the most devastating plant deseases in Aqualon's history, magically crafted to destroy large ammounts of crop.

This Adventure is up to YOU! [Community Role Play] (person)

Define the fate of a community driven Aqualon character by commenting on these articles!

“Stories and Reviews” - The Aqualon Blog #3 (17.Jun.2018) (article)

Community Role Play: Gears and Elements (article)

The Black Priest of Rastrowel (prose)

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 story of the Ferry Tales series.

Cassia Vazin Absethoshekla [“The Animancer” Campaign] (person)

Cassia Absethoshelka/Dereda

Which Element is Your Soul Attuned to? (law)

Test your aptitude for elemental magic, the result may surprise you!

"Two Thirds of the Trinity" - The Aqualon Blog #2 (11.Jun.2018) (article)

The second blog entry, showcasing the newest two articles on this world page!

The Aqualon Blog #1 (article)

Enjoy the first entry of the new Aqualon Blog! What has happened last week on Aqualon, what are some articles and maps to keep an eye out for? ^-^

The Tale of the Boy Who Would Live with the Gods | Atlas [ Chapter 16b ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 16, Stray in the Void

Chapter 17 - Revelation (prose)

Chapter 17 of Aqualon, Rise of the Broken

Din [ Chapter 17a ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 17, Revalation

Atlas [ Chapter 17 ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 17, Revalation

The Animancer, Session 1: Defeating the Storm (report)

In this first session, the crew of the Temptress is faced with a quite malicious storm. Will they pull through with powerful magic and clever engineering? Find out here!

Chapter 16, Stray in the Void (Aqualon, Rise of the Broken) (prose)

Chapter 16 of Aqualon, Rise of the Broken

Chapter 15, Into the Unknown (Aqualon, Rise of the Broken) (prose)

Chapter 15 of Aqualon, Rise of the Broken

Chapter 14, Fallout (Aqualon, Rise of the Broken) (prose)

Chapter 14 of Aqualon, Rise of the Broken

Din [ Chapter 16b ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 16, Stray in the Void

The Tale of the Boy Who Would Live with the Gods | Atlas [ Chapter 16a ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 16, Stray in the Void

Din [ Chapter 16a ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 16, Stray in the Void

Sagamund’s Brain [ Chapter 16 ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 16, Stray in the Void

Atlas [ Chapter 16 ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 16, Stray in the Void

Gates of Aqualon Magazine Issue #3 (article)

The third issue of the Gates of Aqualon Magazine! All about Hestia Bygate, tales of the Lord of Wind, assorted Facts, a map, and more.

The Faceless (species)

Spellblight (law)

Overuse of magic has its price.

About the Great Clockwork (location)

Let me tell you about the machine behind the world.

Gates of Aqualon Magazine Issue #2 (article)

The second issue of the Gates of Aqualon Magazine! An exclusive extra story, chapters, assorted facts, a map, and hillarious pronunciation mistakes during chapter editing.

Gates of Aqualon Magazine Issue #1 (article)

The first issue of the Gates of Aqualon Magazine! Exclusive side stories, a map, assorted facts, and more.

Nanashi [ Chapter 15a ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 15, Into the Unknown

Din [ Chapter 14b ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 14, Fallout

Atlas [ Chapter 15 ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 15, Into the Unknown

Din [ Chapter 15 ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 15, Into the Unknown

Nanashi [ Chapter 15b ] (prose)

Aqualon, Rise of the Broken - Chapter 15, Into the Unknown

Constantine Rajavadi [“The Animancer” Campaign] (person)

First Dan Magus Constantine Rajavadi of the Monstary of Five Paths

Example Magic Stunts (article)

Stunts for Aqualon as a Fate Setting. /AqualonFateCore

Images

The Aqualon Quest Log cover

 

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The Wall of Aqualon Contest and Challenge Winners cover

 

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Past Aqualon Builders Guild Challenges cover

 

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The Fox Wedding cover

 

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Murasaki Moths as Pets cover

 

The Yamato Kingdom cover

 

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The Yamato Kingdom cover

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The Grand Master of the Null cover

 

Kuikoroshi no Nemuri 食い殺しの眠り ("The Sleep of Devouring") cover

 

The Original Baba Yaga cover

 

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The Grand Magus Tournament cover

 

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Son of a Shoe - A bit of Arkatrashian Culture cover

 

The Fox in Yamato Culture cover

 

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The Magus Towers of the Middle Lands cover

 

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The Wall of Aqualon Contest and Challenge Winners cover

 

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Stray in the Void cover

 

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Histories

Day of the Warriors Underhill

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The Hall of Lake Rahn

The water mages erected a fortified hall in the middle of Lake Rahn.

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Hestia Becomes a Tutor to the Hildebrandt Household

Traveling to Lake Rahn following her banishment, Hestia joins the household of Lord Hildebrandt, master of the Lake Rahn domain. Here she spends most of her time tutoring the children of the household, sometimes counseling the Lord on decisions.

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The Null Concord

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Near the end of the Age of Awakening, just after announcing themselves to the world, the Brotherhood of the Null forced the nations of the Great Land to the negotiation table, hammering out that any wars involving large scale magic must be waged on the Untamed Meadows on the ruins of Estverde, creating a 'balance of repercussions' that woud force all other signing nations to act immediately against offenders who broke the concord. The Null Concord additionally severely limits or forbids the development and deployment of high tier desctructive magic and technologocal weapons of mass destruction, counteracting a potential arms race between mages and technocrats to break out and a second Estverde to occur.

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The Death of the Mad Magus Hestia

Hestia Bygate is executed by the Lord of Fire Horvath Innsrai in the ruins of Estverde, but the aftermath of her most infamous deed will have consequences reaching far beyond her death.

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Hestia Escapes

After her Spellblight-stricken body is carried back to the Yamato Kingdom, Hestia Bygate is accused of defying imperial orders by destroying Estverde instead of annexing it, and in light of the massive loss of life, she is sentenced to death despite her extensive contributions to the kingdom. However, when she is supposed to be carried back to Estverde to be executed there, she burns the tower she has been imprisoned in down and flees.

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Estverde is Burned to Ashes

On the second day of the six month 108 AA, Hestia Bygate, the Ryûga Order, and several army divisions of the Yamato Kingdom arrive at the walls of Estverde, trying to annex the great city. The first and second infantry divisions are mowed down by archers and tar pits dug around the city. After the siege has been set up on the third day of the six month, a representative of the city arrives in the encampment to find out the terms of the Yamato Kindom on the fourth day of the six month. He mocks Hestia to the peril of his people, and the general, still shaken by the loss of two divisions and enraged by the representatives, uses all the magical power she can bring to bear to engulf the city in a great pillar of flame, carbonizing every man, woman, child, stick, and stone. This day will forever change the world's stance on war magic and may have, ironically, prevented the end of civilization during the Age of Heroes.

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Tensions Between the Yamato Kingdom and Estverde Rise

Estverde is growing uncomfortable with Yamamoto expansion policies and tries to fortify its borders, claiming that the Yamato Kingdom is encroaching on their territory. The negotiations and threats are met especially harshly by Hestia Bygate, Daikan of the Easternmost Provinces.

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Hestia is Appointed Daikan of the Easternmost Provinces of the Yamato Kingdom

In recognition of her years of service and contributions to the state, Hestia Bygate is appointed Daikan (governor) of the Easternmost Provinces of the Yamato Kingdom. These border on the lands of Estverde.

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Hestia's Influence Grows

Though already a special general, Hestia was initially still kept out of war councils. After several successful campaigns with her new Ryûga Order, the Emperor grants her the new title Special Advisor to the Imperial Military Council, allowing her to join all military council meetings and participate as a full member.

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The Ryûga Order is Founded

In the Yamato Kingdom, the art of war magic is being perfected largely thanks to Hestia Bygate, who has been employed by the Emperor as a special advisor for military magical education. On her behest a special platoon of mage warriors is founded by imperial decree, and she is declared general of this new force trained by her.

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Hestia Joins the Yamato Court

After delivering her famous map of the Middle Lands to the Emperor of the Yamato Kingdom, Hestia is afforded citizenship in the Yamato Kingdom and appointed Consultant of the Imperial Cartographer. Later that year she also receives the newly created title Special Advisor on the Art of Magic and begins teaching the fire magic she has learned at the Bonfire Shrine to Yamato mages.

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Hestia is Banished from the Bonfire Shrine

After causing a major fire in the Charwoods that gets out of control, the elders of the Mages of the Bonfire Shrine can no longer ignore her destructive tendencies that go against doctrine. She has her title revoked and is forbidden from ever coming near the Bonfire Shrine again.

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Expedition to Mt. Tarkaal

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Together with Frederick Byren, two surveyors, and a historian, Hestia mounts an expedition to climb Mount Tarkaal and survey the Middle Lands in order to create the most accurate map of the land of that time.

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Hestia Joins the Mages of the Bonfire Shrine

At the age of 10, Hestia Bygate is anointed a shrine maiden of the Bonfire Shrine, expected to follow in the footsteps of her parents. This marks the beginning of her magic education.

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Hestia Becomes the Youngest Member of the Fire Watchers

At the age of 15, Hestia Bygate is the youngest person to ever be titled a Magus of the Fire Watchers, a sub-order of the Mages of the Bonfire Shrine. As such, she begins to travel the Middle Lands, working to handle fires before they can cause serious damage.

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Hestia Bygate is Born

Though her birth is uneventful, high expectations are already placed on Hestia when she comes into the world since her parents are both high-ranking members of the Mages of the Bonfire Shrine.

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The Eternal Flame of Lumina Aka is Lit

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In their dealings with the men of Mount Tarkaal, next to what would later become the Charwoods, the Angel Saxons produced a great flame and taught the Tarkaal Men to control it. Since that day they have kept it alive, naming it the Eternal Flame of Lumina Aka once the city of Lumina Aka was founded. Before that it was just called the Eternal Flame. To contain it, they erected a great shrine made out of glass and built many houses around it, creating growing shrine villages to house their order.

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Trade for Magics

Though the Middlanders are regularily harrassed by the tribes of the North, the tribes around Mount Toke and Mount Tarkaal manage to entice druids of the Kaltani and Angel Saxons with precious gems and promises of erecting new Angel Stones, gaining from them some of the secrets of magic, which spread throughout the Middle Lands during the 54th century ARe (around 300 to 400 AID).

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The Null return

Brothers of the Null leave the Black Sanctum for the first time in seventeen hundred years on official business. Venturing to the Middle Lands, they seek to investigate and destroy the phenomenon that will be referred to as the Yellow Glimmer.

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The Spirit Wars

About the violent uprising of separatist Yasha in the Yamato Kingdom.

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Iemoto

The system of family-based schools of certain skills (tea ceremony, ikebana, martial arts, philosophical study, weaving, etc.) practiced in the Yamato Kingdom.

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Yasha

An article about victims of Spellblight in the Yamato Kingdom, how they are viewed and treated, and how the Yamato understanding of magic has stigmatized them.

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The Brotherhood of the Null

The first entries of the article have been written.

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Fulgrath, the City of Lightning (Article + Map)

* Map is currently being drawn

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The Birth of Balsibart

The event known as "The Birth of Balsibart" occurs, and every living person on Jamphel Yeshe vanishes from the face of Aqualon forever; no one knows where. Because of the appearance of Balsibart the Bard soon thereafter, it is believed that he made his first move on Jamphel Yeshe, then going on to absorb other nations in whatever still unexplained manner he did that.

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Jamphel Yeshe's Depravity Survives its own Extinction

In less than six decades, the island of Jamphel Yeshe is back to its usual in-human business. The wealth and drug farms lying around for the taking led to a bloody race and war to lay claim on the fallow bounty. In 1456 GE, the population has roughly reached its pre-Balsibart density with lowlifes flowing in or being sold or tossed at Jamphel Yeshe's shores constantly.

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Grand Druid Brynwain Dies

Brynwain Jarlsdytr is killed during the Odenwald Battle fighting against the Keeper of Earth Delfina Akçay. With food supplies in the Great Land stabilizing due to the end of Brynwain Fever, the Great War turns once more in favor of the Allied Forces.

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Grand Druid Brynwain Creates a Terrible Disease

Using dangerous animancy, the magic that deals with manipulating and twisting souls directly, sometimes called "necromancy", Brynwain, grand druid of the Kaltani, develops a potent plant disease called Brynwain Fever. She has to use a special ritual to spread it and uses this to decimate enemy crops, damaging the food supplies of the.

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The first Invasion

When the hordes of the Nordmen, the Angel Saxons, and the Old Gods marched into the Middle Lands, the Great War began and with it what would later be called the Age of Heroes.

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The Original Baba Yagas

One of the three sisters that together became the first Baba Yaga of all pirates, Mastreyja the Sea Witch, is chased by the Keeper of Water Rubina Dunhaine to the shores of Jamphel Yeshe. To the surprise of both, not only the magic of Mastreyja fails her but all water also ceases to heed Rubina's command. Dumbstruck, Rubina freezes, not comprehending the situation, but Mastreyja, a ruthless master of pirates and lowlifes, seizes the opportunity to stab Rubina, killing the Keeper of Water. It is said, though only Mastreyja's account speaks of this, that in that moment the sky tore open and great gears and revolving pillars revealed themselves to the witch, and the great hand of the Clockwork itself reached out to Jamphel Yeshe to drag the soul of Rubina back into the light, for none could be reborn that died on Jamphel Yeshe, but the cycle of Keepers must never be broken.

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The Great Pirate Houses have Faded, but the Depravity of Jamphel Yeshe Continues

The Baba Yagas have long perished and their title has become one that is passed along every two years to the winner of the biennial great pirate race of the Corsic Ocean. But the pirate houses are scattered and weakened due to the ruthless campaigns of the Maritime Stratocracy of Guantil-ya, and the title means little at this time. Still, the drug trade flourishes and new drug lords have arisen on Jamphel Yeshe, the island growing ever more prosperous, though the wealth remains in few, precious hands while most of the people living there are addict scum and drug-slaves. This continues undisturbed for many, many centuries, and even occasional attacks by powerful sovereign nations fail as the island has been heavily fortified and is completely immune to magic.

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The Baba Yagas are on the Rise

Mastreyja has decided that no place in the world could be safer for her than Jamphel Yeshe, for even the Clockwork never interfered here save for that one grand spectacle she had supposedly witnessed. Using the resources of her sisters Vanahel and Ludravia as well as her extensive contacts and skills in alchemy and herb lore, she built from scratch a mighty drug empire, planting vast fields of poppy and coca, bringing an era of wealth to the great pirate houses of the Corsic Ocean that made it possible to, at least for a time, withstand the growing military pressure of the islands that banded together to form the Maritime Stratocracy of Guantil Ya.

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The Sect of the Grand Sages Ends

The last living acolyte of the Five Sages takes his life, plunging to his death at the cliffs to the west of the island. As the Clockwork had left their lives, a strange melancholy had infected them, bringing with it a sense of missing purpose, as if the universe was endless and free of meaning to them. Unable to unite this new reality, they found themselves trapped with the teachings they had aspired to; they killed themselves one by one, until finally none were left.

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Doubts about the Great Clockwork arise in Jamphel Yeshe

Influences of Yamato philosophers like Aoyama Gintoshi spark new waves in the beliefs and studies of enlightenment the Sages and their acolytes conduct, and they begin to take a dark turn, beginning to doubt the Great Clockwork. As their belief that the Great Clockwork is in fact holding mankind back begins to grow, they employ great magics to cut the island of Jamphel Yeshe off and turn it into a Clockwork exclusion zone. The immortal Sages turn to stone at the shores of the island, immutable, forever frozen in place.

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The Monastery of the Grand Sages is Built on Jamphel Yeshe

Construction on the Monastery of the Grand Sages is completed. During their lifetime, the Sages and their acolytes refer to it simply as "home".

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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.

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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.

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The Monastery of the Five Paths is Founded

The Monastery of Five Paths if founded in the halls of the former temple of Yilik in an attempt to spread wisdom and enlightenment through magic. As the mages of the Middle Lands are still disorganized at this point in time, this quickly establishes the Monastery as the old center of the magical new world, the magical old word of course being centered around the Angel Saxons.

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Gatakoage 蛾凧揚げ ("Moth Kite Flying")

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 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.

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Yamahanabi 山花火 ("Mountain Fireworks")

The Yamahanabi is a much anticipated festival in the Yamato Kingdom. Every year in the sixth month in summer, elaborate fireworks are set off using intricate shells launched from mortar-like bamboo tubes. The fireworks are so impressive that people from all over Aqualon regularly travel to the Yamato Kingdom to witness the Yamahanabi. The fireworks themselves, however, are only part of the show. During the day, before it is dark enough for proper fireworks displays, food and game stands are set up everywhere and people dance and form long lines, dressing themselves up in large yarenma moth costumes. This, in conjunction with the fireworks, is meant to scare off all the bad spirits that were too bitter to let go during the Reitô Matsuri during the third month.

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Murasaki Hanami 紫花見 ("Purple Petal Viewing")

At the end of the third month, the benibasumomo 紅葉李 ("cherry plums") begin to bloom, dying the cities of Yamato in beautiful pink colors. The first day of the blooming is celebrated by droves of people putting up blankets in parks, bringing out their murasaki moths to fly about (as they eat the flowers in spring) and spread their fragrant moth dust around. There the people usually picnic and drink. While the bloom lasts for around two months, it is the approximate first day that is considered a national feast day, and many song, dance and archery performances are usually attached to it.

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Reitô Matsuri 霊灯祭 ("Spirit Lantern Festival")

On the first day of spring (the 20th of the third month), the people of Yamato gather at night and tie lit paper lanterns to the mooring claws of wild moths that have been caught over the course of the month. Each light that is being carried off into the night represents the well wishes to souls that have departed this world during the previous year.

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Rurimon Kumotsu Festival 瑠璃門供物 ("Offerings to Lapislazuli")

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Kamigami 神々 ("Various Gods") is a sect of the ur-soulism religion that is practiced widely in the Yamato Kingdom. The general belief that people and sometimes even animals that die with intense negative emotions or great enlightenment may have their soul become stuck between this world and the Daihô is held very deeply in Yamato culture. This is also why they are considered to be very superstitious since it is natural to them to believe in the existence of incorporeal spirits that sometimes influence their lives and, in rare cases, great amalgamations of contented souls that form powerful entities that can be benedictive or vindictive, depending on their narrative. They are often attached to pieces of lands and are called "kami". Often the Yamato people will construct shrines to honor them and bring them offerings, a custom attached to the ideas of ur-soulsim, which also enshrines the five ur-souls of the elements.

On the first day of the new year, offerings of shishisô fur are brought to the shrines of the kami Rurimon Kumotsu (a name roughly meaning "The Lapislazuli One of Ten Thousand Moths"), who is said to be comprised of the souls of over ten thousand moths. He is often depicted as a murasaki moth with a snake-like, long body, one hundred and six wings, and a lustrous blue color, which is said to be the elevated hue of murasaki purple turned blue by his enlightenment.

The offering is made to him to appease him and ask for his blessing of the land since murasaki moths hibernate in winter and require a small storage of shishisô when they wake in spring. This offering of shishisô to Kumotsu is meant to keep him well-fed during winter, so he does not awaken hungry and perhaps angry from his sleep.

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The Darmstadt Processor MK1 is Constructed

In this historic year, Prof. Dr. Inv. Mark Darmstadt builds his very first Darmstadt Processor; the first complex computation machine, which uses biological components to function. With the advent of the first computer, the development of the technocrats seems to leave the curve behind them permanently.

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Prof. Dr. Tyra Lore Publishes an Influential Paper

in 95 AH, Prof. Dr. Lore publishes her paper "The Grand Ether and Magic Unification Hypothesis", which first brings to light the idea that the heretofore hypothesized ether might infact be a by-product of the Great Clockwork, paving the way for De Vries Cluster Field Theory.

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The Maritime Stratocracy of Guantil-ya is Founded

A total of five of the Seventeen Yonder Islands with strong naval traditions and fleets form a united government, lead by the powerful admiralcy of Guantil-ya. The unification is a reaction to ever more rampant piracy around the Ocean Belt, and a bloody war against the pirate houses of the Corsic Ocean ensue.

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Rise of the White Lancers

The former Guardians of Adelbert Trast, Clarie Vinstek and Karl Trast, and their retinue achieve a significant victory over an Angel Saxon force, and the margrave of the east rewards them with titles and lands, making them his bannerman. Their symbol becomes the three winds, lain on a cloak of white, surrounded by wings.

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The Death of Adelbert Trast

The Lord of Wind Adelbert Trast is slain in battle by a Valkyrie of Freyja, but his Guardians survive and find shelter with the Margrave of the East.

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Gesshin went to worship Kannon in Asakusa

For this, Gesshion most likely visited the Sensô-ji temple, which was both a famous Kannon temple in Asakusa and popular for its new years rituals and performances.

The De Vries Cluster Field Theory is first Published

Dr. Helen De Vries publishes her famous paper "The Defining Quality of Life", starting an age of DVF research when science finally triumphs over magic.

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Miyako Fluxum declares independence from Borealis

After over 100 years of intense lobbying, during which the former technamagix faculty could not successfully negotiate for the lifting of the technamagix research ban, the DVF suppressors of Borealis are sabotaged, and the old Jump Drive at its heart booted up. With the historic 'flip of a switch', the central area of the great city is torn away and rematerializes far away in the north.

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Leap in DVF Suppression Technology

After completing his prototype, Dr. Inv. Vincent Kunibert Greenhorn tried to make his invention battle ready in vain, and in the end missed the end of the war by 5 years. However, with the creation of his Mark 1 DVF Suppressor, he set the technocrats of Borealis on their path to autonomy from the Great Clockwork.

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The first DVF Suppressor

Dr. Inv. Vincent Kunibert Greenhorn constructs the first DVF Suppressor prototype in his laboritory.

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Jump Drive project completed, Borealis moves to the South Pole

After two centuries of technamagic research, the high technocrats of Borealis, the northernmost city of their faction, completes its research into large-scale clockwork travel. A jump drive is installed in the city's heart, and Borealis moves to the South Pole, where it absorbs the small outpost Australis.

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The Reshaping of the World

The Reshaping of the world was brought upon the Nine Realms after the Ragnarok Wars and turned the shard world of Aqualon into a planet.

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Rickard Leeuw Publishes the Codex Riccardium

The Codex Riccardium: Magna Magia, a renowned work on the history of magic, its uses, and its inner workings was published in Aerialis and quickly spread throught the Middle Lands and beyond.

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The Declaration of Existential Independence

On this historic day, the Council of Faculties of Borealis, decided to use the newly available DVF Suppression technology to permanently turn the city into a clockwork exclusion zone.

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Research Expedition to Jamphel Yeshe

The assistent researcher Kanna Amakagawa goes on a funded research expedition to the dangerous island of Jamphel Yeshe, which is a known clockwork exclusion zone to research that very phenomenon in hope of writing her dissertation about the subject.

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The Founding of the Five Cities

The five Keepers declared the founding of the five cities.

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The first University

The Van Maxwell School of Logic and Sciences gained renown among the Seventeen Yonder Islands and purchased a number of additional buildings to use as housing, lecture halls, and a library.

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