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.
The tiny titans of ancient lore
• Proper Name: Aesir wafan.
• Slang Names: Little guys, little gals, skin types, curves, last born.
• Derogatory: Turkey bacon, skin freaks, crunchiers, lawn jockeys, small fry.
• Height Range: 1.35 to 1.85 meters.
• Weight Range: 40 to 100 kg.
Last created of the wafan creeds, aesirs were designed for some of the least scrupulous uses. Originally they were created specifically for domestic duties as maids, chefs and all other viable manner of ‘personal’ servants.
Other common uses included 24-hour labor in small, cramped locations which a vanir couldn’t enter, and it was not considered desirable for a human to enter. Therefore, many ancient towns had legions of naked, androgynous aesirs roaming their sewers and maintenance tunnels, performing endless series of maintenance tests.
Created to be as human possible in every detail, although on a scale roughly 30 centimeters shorter than average, it came as no surprise when anatomically correct and functional aesirs were eventually created for no greater purpose than to serve as sex partners for wealthy humans.
When the wafans eventually rebelled, and public officials ordered them put down like animals instead of negotiated with, it was the aesirs who struck first, and struck deepest. Not joining the active rebellion immediately, they waited for their brethren’s signal, and then simply assassinated many wealthy and powerful owners, and sabotaged many of society’s hidden and forgotten inner workings.
Aesirs can be designed to appear indistinguishable from olympians, but often modify their appearance in ways that olympians are not capable of. Their hair is a strong synthetic fiber that mimics the consistency of human hair, but is less breakable. Finger and toenails are often constructed from resin, while teeth are constructed of porcelain composite over a form similar to the aesir’s skeleton.
Aesirs are most easily differentiated from humans by their smaller stature and typically lighter build. They are typically about 30 centimeters shorter in height, though perfectly proportioned in their seemingly diminished stature.
Most aesirs have visible seams in their skin at their major joints. Aesirs will often have similar skin indentations, or skin lines, applied as art across other areas of their body, much like humans will apply tattoos. These are often even more distinct than a human’s fingerprint.
Aesirs are not limited to human skin tones, hair colors or eye colors. As such, the visual variety of aesirs is far greater than that of their human cousins. In fact, as often as not, an aesir will try to be as unique as possible, and cultivate as distinctive an image as is feasible for them. They often wear vintage design clothing from eras long past to accomplish this feat.