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. Ten years and nearly 400,000 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 June 2017: Things are heading towards the end with Chapters 27 and 28. Joining them are commissions of Tori deep in study by River, and a color shot of Addanc and sketches of Tori by the great and returning Lalou. Enjoy!

1 May 2017: Aether Torrent is now ten years old. Happy birthday to the cast! Chapters 25 and 26 are up along with some headshots of the party by new contributor River. Thanks for reading!

1 April 2017: Chapter 24 is up, breaking 100,000 words. Draft first, edit later! Next month ought to have some commission art, but we'll see. Enjoy!

1 March 2017: Chapter 23 is up, taking the novel version's first draft over 95,000 words. I foresee a lot of scene-cutting and chapter-combining in my future, but completing the draft needs to come first, and the book has one arc yet to go. Thanks for reading!

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!

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