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 Currie Spire and Currie 1 are research facilities bankrolled by Aquilon to research the strange ecology emerging in a part of the world with the charming moniker of ‘The Forsaken Lands.’
Always a truly desolate area, much like Death Valley, the Forsaken Land took a turn for the worse during the great earthquake of 2435, the aging nuclear power plant in the center of what was once known as the 'Dry River Valley' exploded in a catastrophic manner as a result of the earthquake, spreading a massive cloud of toxic vapors into a storm front, irradiating the rainwater with its grim load, and showering the valley and ocean with a toxic bounty.
Within six days, virtually all earth life was dead in the region, and scarcely another three days were necessary to eliminate almost all of the native life.
Aquilon was truly baffled by some of the events, and decided that closer investigation was required. After acquiring legal permission and the financial rights to any discovery, to be shared in part with Xanadu, a small shielded research base called the Curie Spire was built in large modular pieces remotely and brought into place with a specially shielded giant cargo helicopter provided and designed by the Missive Union, named Currie 1.
The research team, led by Reginald Ward, to scout the changes in the local geography and life forms. Local life form discoveries were unsettling to say the least, but the results on the local geography were even more surprising.
The region was riddled by countless sub surface ruins which had previously remained undiscovered. However the size of the earthquake was more than enough to crack open a number of these ruins, and not only allow access to the interiors, but allowing some additional natural oddities to escape them.
Silicone based life forms of previously unobserved species began emerging decades later, almost coinciding with the arrival of the Curie Spire. Many seeming not only to be unharmed by the radiation, but showing signs of being able to feed on the radiation and grow to almost ludicrous proportions.
Additionally, strange hexagonal columns of deep purple crystal have begun growing in the more highly irradiated zones of the forsaken land. A few seem to be growing more unusual, occasionally even unique crystals like they were flowers or seeds.
The scientific community demanded immediate exploration of the ruins, and to that effect, not entirely to their satisfaction, a small prefab city sprang up around the spire to accommodate hired hands who were willing to travel the less irradiated areas of the forsaken land.
These so called Curie Wards became filled with private interests, often challenging the authority of the science team, turning some of the aims of the missions to a pure profit platform, often directly undermining years of work.
Reginald Ward began to receive staunch hints from Xanadian officials that they were no longer welcome, that their presence was interfering with Xanadian internal affairs. There are signs of Xanadian infiltration in his own staff.
To the horror of Xanadian officials, he made the official proclamation that any Xanadian officials found countermanding his orders in any way is to be arrested by Aquilonian authority, claiming that Xanadian officials were in violation of the agreement to allow them to work unimpeded in the location.
Rumor has it that a small band of Xanadian infiltrators is willing to pay top money for the neutralization of the Spire.
Additionally, a band of the Narehlian Explorers League simply out for the adventure is willing to hire any free lancers willing to tag along with them to help take specimens of local animals and map the ruins.