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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 giants of Old Earth

Jotuns

 

Proper Name: Jotun wafan.

Slang Names: Big bones, second born, behemoths, leviathans.

Derogatory: Tractors, garbage disposal, flapjack engines, donkey engines.

Height Range: 2.15 to 3.65 meters.

Weight Range:  225 to 445 kg.

 

Jotuns are overall the largest and strongest of the wafan creeds in terms of physical size. They are seen as slow and lumbering by many. This impression is often a fatal mistake as some jotuns can be quite mobile for their size.

 

Origin

 

Jotuns originated as the second variety of wafan created for mass production. The first run of jotuns was crafted for use as live-capture law enforcement agents. Their actual conception occurred prior to the vanir’s construction. They were one of two proposals for the initial run of mass produced wafans, jotuns and what would eventually become aesirs, but both plans were ousted in favor of the vanir’s composite design as a compromise between the two.

 

Appearance

 

Jotuns are physically the least human-like of the three wafan creeds, resembling ancient automated labor droids far more than they resemble the androids they actually are. Though their appearance varies, different jotuns resemble massive construction automatons and labor machines as often as they resemble other people. They tend to be large and burly of build, with enormous hydraulic systems and heavy metal or ceramic plating for heavy duty work capabilities over an extra thick metal and carbon fiber-woven under-suit. Any tools of the trade a jotun acquires will often be built into their structure or stored inside internal storage compartments that are built into their massive superstructures. As such, a jotun will often be less symmetrical than the other two creeds.

 

Jotuns very rarely have animate faces and more commonly have an artificial or sculpted face. Jotuns typically eat either by using ports located on their hands or by removing the lower portion of their sculpted face plate, revealing a smaller sculpted open mouth  beneath. With their lack of facial expression, male jotuns tend to communicate their moods by a shift in eye color and the small pin lights across their bodies, whereas the females have large tracks of LED lights arrayed across their bodies for the same purpose.