Screenplays, chapters, notes, and art for an adventure story.

This site contains text and images about Aether Torrent, my concept for an animated television program, as well as an ongoing novel version.

I started writing Aether Torrent in May of 2007 for the amusement of myself and my friends. Nine years and some 300,000 words later, I keep writing it (with long pauses for more gainful employment as a teacher) because it's fun.

So, what's the story about?

A party of friends travels across an island continent, their path governed by a young woman's desire to build a museum of rare treasures. Despite periodic personality clashes, the party relies on each other for friendship, respective goals, and defense against mutual enemies, which they have an unfortunate tendency to collect.

Magic exists in their world as a natural force. Ordinary people wielding the proper tools can draw out elements of the omnipresent aether and use them to supplement the world's early-20th-century technology. Those who do so frequently are called elementalists.

Each of the traveling friends is an elementalist, and each would gladly use his or her skills for the aid and defense of the others. Adventure, monsters, and occasional philosophy await them all.


1 February 2016: Chapter 5 is up along with another illustration, this one of 13-year-old Tori by Pickles. Enjoy!

1 January 2016: A big update for the site's fourth anniversary! There's a brand new section, Chapters, which includes non-screenplay prose that will eventually become a novel or few. There are four chapters now! There's also some new work by Lalou and Pickles in Illustrations. Enjoy both, and thanks for reading!

1 December 2015: Friends convinced me to edge Aether Torrent into prose, and so I did just that! The first chapter of whatever it will become is up in Episodes. Furthermore, over in Illustrations, Pickles drew the first and likely definitive image of bit-part villain Sir Beau. Enjoy both!

1 November 2015: Episode 35 is up with the other episodes, along with further illustrations from Psudonym, Pickles, SaBasse, Straya, and Jamie Jennings. Thanks for reading!

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