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 draft.

I started writing Aether Torrent in May of 2007 for the amusement of myself and my friends. Nine years and over 370,000 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.

Updates

1 February 2017: Chapters 21 and 22 are up, and every chapter has gone to a more unified manuscript format. There's also another new commission of Tori and Avani by Straya. Enjoy!

1 January 2017: On this, the fifth anniversary of the site, Chapter 20 joins the others! In later drafts I might break the chapters in other places, but for now the system works. Also, there are six new commissions: one of Naur on a holiday card from RobotLyra, and five from my own sister: some group images of the main party, and a couple groups of the supporting raiza Kurnung, Reska, Salob, and Grampus. Thanks for reading!

1 December 2016: A triple-size update: Chapters 17, 18, and 19 are up! No commissions this month, but there should be some next time. Enjoy!

1 November 2016: Chapter 16 is up with a new image of Cirrus from new contributor Dogbomber. Thanks for reading!

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