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 350,000 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 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!

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!

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