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 prose version (to be a novel, eventually).

I started writing Aether Torrent in May of 2007 for the amusement of myself and my friends. Nine years and over 340,000 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 October 2016: Chapter 15 has joined all the rest, which have been given another edit-dusting. The Illustrations page now has a new artist, Figmentforms, who did four amazing pencil portraits of the main party. Enjoy!

1 September 2016: Chapter 14 is here (just in time for my birthday) along with three new commissions, one from the great Lalou and two from the also-great Fala. Thanks for reading!

1 August 2016: Chapter 13 is up, and now all twelve previous chapters have had a comb-through edit for general improvement. There has never been a better time to start reading! And in addition to that, there are two new commissions over in Illustrations, courtesy of Lalou, whom you may recall did the site's side images. Enjoy!

1 July 2016: Chapter 12 is complete, as is a new image of Tori and her luggage from Jenny Son. Also, in the process of regular editing, I've combed the first three chapters free of a few tangles and some unnecessary exposition. They read better now, I feel. Thanks for reading!

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