Underwater colonies tend to be built into sturdy cliff sides, with massive trade districts behind huge thirty meter tall triple-paned walls of glass which give a view of the exterior seas and their submarine docking facilities, showing the bounty of the ocean as well as the beauty of the undersea forests in the sub glacial Sea of Asgard.
Aquilon was born alongside the first generation of humanity to never see earth. It began life as a research station situated on the Perpetua Glacier. At that time it was simply known as Glacier Run. The facility dug into the ice below for storage space, and eventually was forced to use that same space for living quarters as colonists moved north.
Aquilon's defining moment came when an outbreak of animus caused the residents of Glacier Run to seek shelter in their buried storage facilities. Trapped beneath the ice for more than a year, the colonists were forced to make due with whatever they had available. Necessity saw the invention of space and resource rationing techniques that would turn a casual scientific outpost into a culture of extreme efficiency. When the animus threat was cleared from the surface, many of those underneath the ice decided not to return. These one time storage facilities were expanded into the city of Deep Aquilon. Those who chose to return to the surface began to explore the furthest reaches of their frozen homeland while the inhabitants of Deep Aquilon set their sights on the bottom of the ocean.
The Aquilonians were earning a reputation as explorers and visionaries, with many other colonists admiring them. They lost much of their appeal when they drafted a national military spearheaded by their recently formed knightly order, the Templar Aquilonia. Turning their scientific might to the development of high energy weapons, the Aquilonians earned a reputation as warmongers among some factions as these developments were widely unpopular outside of the Kingdom of Ice. These fears proved mostly unfounded, as Aquilon focused more on internal protection than external violence.
In more recent times, Aquilon has worried the global community with its ever increasing rivalry with Xanadu. As two of the most powerful factions on the moon, an impending war between the two could be disastrous for more than simply the factions involved. The Nations of Aquilon and Xanadu have an uneasy relationship. Both are members of the Avalon Council, but they are often at opposite ends of discussion. Making things worse is the fact that both factions compete in the production of state of the art technology, and each has some of the best academic institutions in the world. The factions see each other as rivals both economically and culturally.
For now, Aquilon seems content to be seen as the slightly eccentric visionary of the world. They still push the bounds of science. Though they do not always go as far as the Quisivati, their wares are often much more useful in daily life.
What few outside of the frozen north are aware of is that Aquilon cannot claim credit for all of their advancements. As the Deep Aquilonians dug ever more into the glacier beneath them, they began to discover a network of tunnels already present. These tunnels appeared to be crafted as living arrangements for some civilization of the past, one that has left behind many artifacts buried in the ice. Some of Aquilon's biggest scientific advancements were simply the result of researching the many strange finds that they dig up in their ever expanding empire.
What is New Horizon?
New Horizon is a Tabletop RPG (think Dungeons and Dragons if you need an example) made by the team at a tiny independent company lost out at sea called Rusty Rowboat.
If you don't know what a Tabletop RPG is, think of it as an intensely character and story driven board game that the players can continue to play for sometimes years at a time.
New Horizon is an idea that has been brewing off and on for roughly a decade, housed inside the demented heads of its creators and its more recent conscripts/recruits.
For information on the game world itself, please visit About The World.
Who is New Horizon?
Ian Stewart is a co-founder of Rusty Rowboat as well as the only one of the original writers for New Horizon still around. With the absence of his former sidekick, Fred Durrand, he has made do as best he can, and even acquired a few new writing cronies to make his life "easier."
Ian has always had trouble with the so called 'normal' jobs due to a case of mild autism that went undiagnosed for thirty years, but being his own boss agrees with him and his wife as well, provided he makes her Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on a semi-regular basis.
Ian lives in the Pacific Northwest of the US with his wife, two corgis, numerous lizards and one craven snake.
Michal Lysek is also a co-founder of Rusty Rowboat as we’ll as a co-creator of New Horizon. From the very start Michal has been something of a workaholic, managing both projects and companies to the best of his ability. In 2006, after three years of playing a preceding version to New Horizon, Michal helped Ian focus his talents as a writer and they started creating their first RPG books together.
Michal has worked for two of his own companies in the past. He is currently working for HMS Industrial Networks AB since June 2012, and he is employed by Halmstad University since January 2014 as a Ph.D. student in Innovation Sciences.
Michal lives in Sweden with his wife and daughter. They have but one cat nowadays, who irritates the hell out of him.
Stephen Mayo has been around since the early days of New Horizon. As one of Ian's 'writing cronies' he was often a sounding board for both Ian and Fred's ideas. Naturally, he has stepped up since Fred's departure and occasionally gives Ian a run for his title as the oddest person on staff.
Stephen has lived in fantasy and sci-fi worlds more than in the real one, and often finds himself lost in such places. His brain is a tangle of strange ideas and half baked oddities that somehow manages to produce a gem from time to time.
Stephen lives in Montana with his wife and furry four-legged children; Bear the dog, Amber the Cat, and a rather rotund specimen known as Thor "Cat of Thunder."
John has been with the group since roughly the same time as Stephen. He's a jack of all trades, working on sections of writting, planning out future ideas, writting missions and campiagns, and a lot of editing and filling in details.
Working in the tech industry and having a strong interest in technology, John has picked up Tabletop RPG's only recently, but has played though the entierity of Pazio's Pathfinder RPG 'Rise of the Runelords'.
He lives in the desolate wilderness known as Pensylvania. John also loves Lizards almost as much as Ian. In an entirely non perverse way, despite all rumors to the contrary.
A woman with a relentless hunger for brocolli in all forms. When Traci Dye completed her BA in English, she had no idea that she was going to be putting it to use settling petty grammar disputes and wrangling long winded nerds trying to create a tabletop RPG.
Traci's hobbies include drinking gin, teaching Ian how to correctly use a comma, playing games of all kinds, and karaoke.
John Bushell is a reclusive resident of the Pacific Northwest, best known for his impressive ability to consume both ‘The Rock’ pizza and cheese bread as well as taking full advantage of the free soft drink refill policy.
Drug in for occasional consulting work, John is more of a conscript than a volunteer, but he has had much keen insight to offer to Ian in recent months, with the aid of his marketing training.
Hailing from Torrance California, Jeff is a seasoned designer of science fiction vehicles, and has been put to use designing many such contrivances for New Horizon.
An avid fan of anime containing hot girls and heavy artillery, military science fiction, food which will aggravate his diabetes and silly hats.
In addition to having a surname which will make telephone operators who have to take it down cry like babies, he's the most advanced form of undead known to man. Having died of a stroke and been resuscitated not once, but twice. Currently, he’s on a probation, if he dies again, he’s fired.
Best known for his work on Anima: Beyond Fantasy, Wen is a respected artist and illustrator that has the work ethic of a plow horse. If he’s not eating, sleeping, using the restroom or fighting monsters from the Negaverse as Pretty Soldier Sailor Wen, he’s hard at work.
When his schedule allows, he takes sums of money from New Horizon's paltry coffers and magically turns them into an amazing array of concept art for weapons and armor.
Currently, his workload leaves him little time for New Horizon, but we’ll find some way to enslave him fully one day.
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Can't believe it's not butter.
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