Chapters, Screenplays, and Art for An Adventure Story.

This site contains text and images for Aether Torrent: an adventure novel draft (~140,000 words, now editing) as well as episodic screenplays (~280,000 words) which came first and continue the story for much longer.

I started writing Aether Torrent in May of 2007 simply for the amusement of myself and my friends. Ten years and over 420,000 words later -- with long pauses for more gainful employment -- here we are.

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 November 2017: Two years after starting, the Aether Torrent novel's first draft is complete with Chapters 33 and 34. The final word count: just over 142,000. My next goal is to remove at least 22,000 words in the editing process. It will take a while, but I'll continue updating the site with commissions as I get them -- such as this pose of Karrun from Chapter 33, by Lalou. Until then, thanks for reading!

1 October 2017: Chapter 32, a long one, is now up. Getting close to the end. Enjoy!

1 September 2017: Today: Chapter 31, one of my very favorites, is up with new commissions from Otakon by new contributors xMoonlitxDreamx and Stephstober. Tomorrow: Happy birthday to me! Thanks for reading!

1 August 2017: Chapter 30 joins yet more commissions from Lalou: a scene outside Rannom and a shot of Avani and Klauser. Enjoy!

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