Screenplays, notes, and pictures for an adventure cartoon concept.

This site contains text and images about Aether Torrent, my concept for an animated television program.

I started writing Aether Torrent in May of 2007 for the amusement of myself and my friends. Eight years and some 280,000 words later, I keep writing it (with long pauses for more gainful employment as a teacher) because it's fun.

So, what's the show 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 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!

1 October 2015: Episodes 3 and 4 of the Shorts are up, alongside four new commission drawings from Lalou, VickoRano, RobotLyra, and Pickles -- the last of whom now has her own section. Enjoy!

1 September 2015: One day before my birthday, Episode 34 of the series and Episode 2 of the Shorts are both up, as is a new image of Addanc by Sarah Dill. Thanks for reading!

1 August 2015: First: I've begun a new feature, Aether Torrent Shorts, which are two-minute asides featuring character interaction and worldbuilding. Second: There are now seven new art commissions by Lalou, Psudonym, Georgeo Brooks, Liz Fleming, Amy Lee, Madeline Rupert, and Ngozi Ukazu. Third: The site now has a random side image, drawn by Lalou and coded by the site's codemaster Emily Harris. Enjoy it all!

2007-2015 Jack Duffe, all rights reserved. (Site code designed by Emily Harris. Side images by Marianne Lauzon.)