Koray Birenheide is creating A Fantasy World, Worldbuilding Show, and Tabletop Material
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patrons

$11
per month

Welcome to the world of Aqualon! If you are a patron: thank you so much, you are awesome! If not: well, here are a few reasons that may make you consider to support me on Patreon:

What is this project?

In so few words, these are services I am currently providing:
  1. I am publishing new chapters of my novel "Aqualon, Rise of the Broken" every Saturday.
  2. I am hosting a live stream on world building, map making, table top resources, and more in the context of my world of Aqualon.
  3. I regularly add new articles and maps to the World Anvil page of my setting in order to present an intricate, interesting, and well-fleshed out world to my readers.
  4. I post daily facts about Aqualon on the Discord Server.

Aqualon is the name of a world I have been developing for well over fifteen years, largely in the writing of my novel "Aqualon, Rise of the Broken". This novel is set in one of many incarnations of this world, which is created and destroyed by a great clockwork that exists behind reality, and can be most broadly defined as being a fantasy novel. There are actually highly advanced technocratic societies in this world, but because they exist, for the most part, only on the fringes of the geopolitical complex of the world, their influence on the motifs of the setting only become unveiled whenever the narrative shifts towards their territories.

I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades creatively, dabbling in musical composition, digital art and design, web development and programming, creative writing, and tabletop RPGs. As such, I am taking whatever venue I can to paint as complete and gripping a picture of my world as I possibly can, in the hope to bring my vision to you, the readers.

To do so, I am publishing new chapters from the novel, which I am currently editing with the help of a close friend, on a weekly basis, and constantly write new compelling articles about the lands, people, customs, technologies, magic, and all other aspects of Aqualon. I am also slowly adding stats and implementation guides for my setting in Fate Core, a marvelous role playing system that is ideally suited to be adapted for any kind of setting.





About Me

My name is Koray Birenheide, and I am a 26 year old man living in a small town in Germany called Gelnhausen. It is located some way off of Frankfurt am Main, where I visit the Goethe University to study Japanology. I have always been fascinated with Japanese culture and language, though you shouldn't assume that Aqualon, Rise of the Broken, the book I am writing is set in a Japenese setting. There are cultures of that ilk involved, but I draw on many different cultures, as I believe a large world should be just as diverse as our real world.
But back to me: I love martial arts and I play several instruments (poorly), among them mainly the piano and the guitar. I also enjoy pen and paper role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Fate Core and draw a lot of experience and inspiration for writing from that particular avenue.

I started writing creatively at the age of seven and wrote my first poem, and have been in love with writing ever since. I started out mainly with poetry but occasionally threw short stories into the mix. In time I would get into composing musical pieces, and in 2009 a rather lengthy 'career' as a digital composer of orchestral and vocaloid pieces began for me. I write 'career' in quotes, because I never made a lot of money off of it. Mostly of course because I published my music for free, and only sold albums on conventions, but also because there was never any way to make money off of it without selling albums online, which always went a little against my desire to make the music available to everyone. At the time Patreon did not exist, and due to illness and depression about a year ago I had a break down that prevented me from composing for quite some time, and I have had trouble getting back into it ever since. Having creativity be your life, but being unable to live of it can be hard on the soul at times.

Synopsis of the Novel

A dark wind is blowing over the Middle Lands. The Council of Five is broken, and all accross the world old powers are rising up out of legend, lured by the threat of a strange yellow glimmer that corrupts the hearts of men and greedily grasps for the great clockwork that runs behind all things.
Atlas Muundir, once the avatar of the world's waters, is cast out, broken, and forced to fight for a world he no longer feels part of, thrust on by new friends and old obligations.
Meanwhile, all around Aqualon old warriors, young prodigies, and ancient orders rouse, sensing the scent of war around them. They come from amongst the broken, legends, and forgotten gods; and mages, technocrats and Null suddenly find age old enmities forgotten, when the very nature of their existence is at risk. It is easy to fight with your life on the line when you know your soul will be saved. But what would you do if it was the other way around?

The History of this Story

I conceived the idea of Aqualon when I was around eleven years old and started writing my first book. Getting up to about page 190ish, I decided to make a break and start anew, from a different setting and with a different, but in some aspects parallel, plot. Both these attempts were still written in German, and progress was slow. Still, in my mind more and more ideas about Aqualon became certain to my. For me, the two books were set on different worlds. In fact the first one was set in a post-apocalyptic earth, renamed Aqualon, but somehow, both worlds were also the same to me. At the time I don't think I was set on whether it was a sort of parallel universe or the way it is now, an endless string of worlds, destroyed and recreated ad infinitum, but in the end, the latter was what I arrived at.
A few years back, I decided to make a second clean break, this time writing the new book in English. I also put a lot more thought into the kind of writing techniques that are not about the text itself, but about how writing more becomes easier and less stressful, because I really wanted to see it through this time. I had the manuscript finished in less than two years time, numbering at about 500 pages, and though I have sat on that manuscript for quite some time now and even started the second book, I had not taken heart to correct and edit it to a satisfactory point, until now.
With the idea and motivation to publish the book as a web novel, going through it chapter by chapter is far more doable for me, as I can work towards small goals and be immediately rewarded by being able to publish the result and get feedback.
Rewards
People of the Land
$1 or more per month 1 patron
  • Early access to new chapters on the homepage! 
  • Get your own address in any mapped out village, town, or city of Aqualon, visible on the map on World Anvil!


The people of the land may not be powerful mages, but without them there would not be any powerful mages.

And there would be no story either, so please, come in and sit at my table! 

Includes Discord rewards
Magus of the Academy
$3 or more per month 1 patron
  • All "People of the Land" rewards.
  • Free digital access to all  the "Gates of Aqualon Magazine" issues (as pdf files) one month before the public. Get new chapters, exclusive short stories, and other goodies!
  • Access to the "Middle Lands" and "Great Land" discord categories.
  • Access to "The Curling Unagi" voice channel on Discord, let's talk and be merry!
  • Your name will be mentioned on the website and World Anvil page, thank you very much!


The five academies are places of learning and tradition, and all students are encouraged to strife for new heights. Come to my side and inquire without reservation, for I have secret arts to share.

Includes Discord rewards
Brother/Sister of the Null
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • All "Magus of the Academy" rewards.
  • Eligible for merchandise raffles on the weekly "Gates of Aqualon TV" live-stream.*
  • Shout-out on the weekly live-stream.
  • Eligible for the "Worlds and Words of Interest" segment of the weekly live-stream. (Where I showcase worlds, poetry, writing, and artwork).
  • Get new chapters and issues of the "Gates of Aqualon Magazine"  as ebooks and pdfs. 


*raffles will be limited to digital content until at least 5 "Brother/Sister of the Null" tier or higher contributors are available. 


The Null have great sanctums hewn from obsidian at either Walls of Weltenend (Eastern and Western) where they train in their odd art of nullifying magic and seek enlightenment, ever ready to step in, when magic is being used to the detriment of the human race.

Includes Discord rewards
Technocrat of Miyako Fluxum
$9 or more per month 1 patron
  • All "Magus of the Academy" rewards.
  • Access to the "Miyako Fluxum, the moving City" category on Discord. 
  • Get a beautifully printed deed to a house or piece of land on Aqualon and a marker to your new property on one of Aqualon's interactive maps!
  • Participate in character polls and World Anvil polls and actively influence the book and World Aanvil page!
  • Get download links for the music of Aqualon, composed by yours truly.


Going beyond technology driven research, the technocrats of Miyako Fluxum dare to do research in technamagix, the banned faculty of Borealis. Knowledge is the ultimate end in itself, so move ahead with me, all the way to the future!

Includes Discord rewards
Winged Hammer Guild
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • All "Technocrats of Miyako Fluxum" rewards.
  • Access to the "Realm of Angel Saxons" category on Discord. Read new poetry and songs and other material as soon as it becomes available.
  • Share your own poetry, songs, music and artwork on Discord.
  • Get a chance of having your work published in the "Gates of Aqualon Magazine".
  • You will be prominently mentioned on the website and World Anvil page.


Mysterious and withdrawn, most of what folk know of the Angel Saxons is from legends and hearsay. They are the great smiths of magical arms and armor that serve the old gods; and like them, we also swing the hammer of creation. Though it is more of a pen I suppose. Now show me your work, colleagues, I am eager to read!

Includes Discord rewards
Adventurers' Guild
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • All "Winged Hammer Guild" rewards.
  • I will send you a physical copy of the newest "Gates of Aqualon Magazine" issue, if you want one ^-^
  • You may participate in a chat RPG on Discord mastered by yours truly.
  • I will write a short article about your character in Aqualon on the World Anvil page. Be it yourself, your chat RPG character, or an original character you want in my setting. Once I have completed my character design course, I will also create artwork for your character!
  • Your character may appear in articles, "Gates of Aqualon Magazine" content, and possibly even the novel.


What, you can't sit still and read? You have to get in there, sword or staff raised high? Well, go on then, I have perils most exquisite in store and wonders yet to behold! Prepare yourself!

Includes Discord rewards
The Greenhorn Family
$50 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
  • All "Adventurers' Guild" rewards.
  • This is the loot box tier! Get a monthly loot box with goodies such as t-shirts, mugs, article booklets, tabletop quick-start packs, playing cards, exclusive short stories and poems, and many more things! Links to digital rewards may also be included.
  • Whenever one of my Aqualon novels is complete, a printed, hard-cover copy will be included in your monthly loot box.


"The war horn blows green" is one of the most famous sayings to emerge from the Great War, when the Greenhorns, the first masters of technamagix created green, magical horns they wore as hats and that could be heard everywhere at once when blown. They tamed mighty moths and rode them into battle, and are still among the most renowned researchers in the field of ribogenetics today. 

Includes Discord rewards
Hall of Heroes
$100 or more per month 0 of 16 patrons
  • All "The Greenhorn Family" rewards.
  • You may participate in a monthly video RPG session on Skype or Roll20, set in Aqualon and mastered by me.
  • Your adventures will be epic and well recorded on the World Anvil page. Perhaps word will even reach the characters of the books. 
  • You may have your name on the website linked to your own site and add a short description or statement, and I will help you design a banner for this purpose, if you do not have your own.


You want to travel with me? Well... I suppose the road is wide enough, and where it isn't, we'll make do! Yes, saddle your horse, pack your bag, we are going on an adventure!

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$11 of $12 per month
This may seem like a small goal, but it is the monthly cost for keeping up the Aqualon website, so it has a huge symbolic significance to me.
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Welcome to the world of Aqualon! If you are a patron: thank you so much, you are awesome! If not: well, here are a few reasons that may make you consider to support me on Patreon:

What is this project?

In so few words, these are services I am currently providing:
  1. I am publishing new chapters of my novel "Aqualon, Rise of the Broken" every Saturday.
  2. I am hosting a live stream on world building, map making, table top resources, and more in the context of my world of Aqualon.
  3. I regularly add new articles and maps to the World Anvil page of my setting in order to present an intricate, interesting, and well-fleshed out world to my readers.
  4. I post daily facts about Aqualon on the Discord Server.

Aqualon is the name of a world I have been developing for well over fifteen years, largely in the writing of my novel "Aqualon, Rise of the Broken". This novel is set in one of many incarnations of this world, which is created and destroyed by a great clockwork that exists behind reality, and can be most broadly defined as being a fantasy novel. There are actually highly advanced technocratic societies in this world, but because they exist, for the most part, only on the fringes of the geopolitical complex of the world, their influence on the motifs of the setting only become unveiled whenever the narrative shifts towards their territories.

I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades creatively, dabbling in musical composition, digital art and design, web development and programming, creative writing, and tabletop RPGs. As such, I am taking whatever venue I can to paint as complete and gripping a picture of my world as I possibly can, in the hope to bring my vision to you, the readers.

To do so, I am publishing new chapters from the novel, which I am currently editing with the help of a close friend, on a weekly basis, and constantly write new compelling articles about the lands, people, customs, technologies, magic, and all other aspects of Aqualon. I am also slowly adding stats and implementation guides for my setting in Fate Core, a marvelous role playing system that is ideally suited to be adapted for any kind of setting.





About Me

My name is Koray Birenheide, and I am a 26 year old man living in a small town in Germany called Gelnhausen. It is located some way off of Frankfurt am Main, where I visit the Goethe University to study Japanology. I have always been fascinated with Japanese culture and language, though you shouldn't assume that Aqualon, Rise of the Broken, the book I am writing is set in a Japenese setting. There are cultures of that ilk involved, but I draw on many different cultures, as I believe a large world should be just as diverse as our real world.
But back to me: I love martial arts and I play several instruments (poorly), among them mainly the piano and the guitar. I also enjoy pen and paper role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Fate Core and draw a lot of experience and inspiration for writing from that particular avenue.

I started writing creatively at the age of seven and wrote my first poem, and have been in love with writing ever since. I started out mainly with poetry but occasionally threw short stories into the mix. In time I would get into composing musical pieces, and in 2009 a rather lengthy 'career' as a digital composer of orchestral and vocaloid pieces began for me. I write 'career' in quotes, because I never made a lot of money off of it. Mostly of course because I published my music for free, and only sold albums on conventions, but also because there was never any way to make money off of it without selling albums online, which always went a little against my desire to make the music available to everyone. At the time Patreon did not exist, and due to illness and depression about a year ago I had a break down that prevented me from composing for quite some time, and I have had trouble getting back into it ever since. Having creativity be your life, but being unable to live of it can be hard on the soul at times.

Synopsis of the Novel

A dark wind is blowing over the Middle Lands. The Council of Five is broken, and all accross the world old powers are rising up out of legend, lured by the threat of a strange yellow glimmer that corrupts the hearts of men and greedily grasps for the great clockwork that runs behind all things.
Atlas Muundir, once the avatar of the world's waters, is cast out, broken, and forced to fight for a world he no longer feels part of, thrust on by new friends and old obligations.
Meanwhile, all around Aqualon old warriors, young prodigies, and ancient orders rouse, sensing the scent of war around them. They come from amongst the broken, legends, and forgotten gods; and mages, technocrats and Null suddenly find age old enmities forgotten, when the very nature of their existence is at risk. It is easy to fight with your life on the line when you know your soul will be saved. But what would you do if it was the other way around?

The History of this Story

I conceived the idea of Aqualon when I was around eleven years old and started writing my first book. Getting up to about page 190ish, I decided to make a break and start anew, from a different setting and with a different, but in some aspects parallel, plot. Both these attempts were still written in German, and progress was slow. Still, in my mind more and more ideas about Aqualon became certain to my. For me, the two books were set on different worlds. In fact the first one was set in a post-apocalyptic earth, renamed Aqualon, but somehow, both worlds were also the same to me. At the time I don't think I was set on whether it was a sort of parallel universe or the way it is now, an endless string of worlds, destroyed and recreated ad infinitum, but in the end, the latter was what I arrived at.
A few years back, I decided to make a second clean break, this time writing the new book in English. I also put a lot more thought into the kind of writing techniques that are not about the text itself, but about how writing more becomes easier and less stressful, because I really wanted to see it through this time. I had the manuscript finished in less than two years time, numbering at about 500 pages, and though I have sat on that manuscript for quite some time now and even started the second book, I had not taken heart to correct and edit it to a satisfactory point, until now.
With the idea and motivation to publish the book as a web novel, going through it chapter by chapter is far more doable for me, as I can work towards small goals and be immediately rewarded by being able to publish the result and get feedback.

Recent posts by Koray Birenheide

Rewards
People of the Land
$1 or more per month 1 patron
  • Early access to new chapters on the homepage! 
  • Get your own address in any mapped out village, town, or city of Aqualon, visible on the map on World Anvil!


The people of the land may not be powerful mages, but without them there would not be any powerful mages.

And there would be no story either, so please, come in and sit at my table! 

Includes Discord rewards
Magus of the Academy
$3 or more per month 1 patron
  • All "People of the Land" rewards.
  • Free digital access to all  the "Gates of Aqualon Magazine" issues (as pdf files) one month before the public. Get new chapters, exclusive short stories, and other goodies!
  • Access to the "Middle Lands" and "Great Land" discord categories.
  • Access to "The Curling Unagi" voice channel on Discord, let's talk and be merry!
  • Your name will be mentioned on the website and World Anvil page, thank you very much!


The five academies are places of learning and tradition, and all students are encouraged to strife for new heights. Come to my side and inquire without reservation, for I have secret arts to share.

Includes Discord rewards
Brother/Sister of the Null
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • All "Magus of the Academy" rewards.
  • Eligible for merchandise raffles on the weekly "Gates of Aqualon TV" live-stream.*
  • Shout-out on the weekly live-stream.
  • Eligible for the "Worlds and Words of Interest" segment of the weekly live-stream. (Where I showcase worlds, poetry, writing, and artwork).
  • Get new chapters and issues of the "Gates of Aqualon Magazine"  as ebooks and pdfs. 


*raffles will be limited to digital content until at least 5 "Brother/Sister of the Null" tier or higher contributors are available. 


The Null have great sanctums hewn from obsidian at either Walls of Weltenend (Eastern and Western) where they train in their odd art of nullifying magic and seek enlightenment, ever ready to step in, when magic is being used to the detriment of the human race.

Includes Discord rewards
Technocrat of Miyako Fluxum
$9 or more per month 1 patron
  • All "Magus of the Academy" rewards.
  • Access to the "Miyako Fluxum, the moving City" category on Discord. 
  • Get a beautifully printed deed to a house or piece of land on Aqualon and a marker to your new property on one of Aqualon's interactive maps!
  • Participate in character polls and World Anvil polls and actively influence the book and World Aanvil page!
  • Get download links for the music of Aqualon, composed by yours truly.


Going beyond technology driven research, the technocrats of Miyako Fluxum dare to do research in technamagix, the banned faculty of Borealis. Knowledge is the ultimate end in itself, so move ahead with me, all the way to the future!

Includes Discord rewards
Winged Hammer Guild
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • All "Technocrats of Miyako Fluxum" rewards.
  • Access to the "Realm of Angel Saxons" category on Discord. Read new poetry and songs and other material as soon as it becomes available.
  • Share your own poetry, songs, music and artwork on Discord.
  • Get a chance of having your work published in the "Gates of Aqualon Magazine".
  • You will be prominently mentioned on the website and World Anvil page.


Mysterious and withdrawn, most of what folk know of the Angel Saxons is from legends and hearsay. They are the great smiths of magical arms and armor that serve the old gods; and like them, we also swing the hammer of creation. Though it is more of a pen I suppose. Now show me your work, colleagues, I am eager to read!

Includes Discord rewards
Adventurers' Guild
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • All "Winged Hammer Guild" rewards.
  • I will send you a physical copy of the newest "Gates of Aqualon Magazine" issue, if you want one ^-^
  • You may participate in a chat RPG on Discord mastered by yours truly.
  • I will write a short article about your character in Aqualon on the World Anvil page. Be it yourself, your chat RPG character, or an original character you want in my setting. Once I have completed my character design course, I will also create artwork for your character!
  • Your character may appear in articles, "Gates of Aqualon Magazine" content, and possibly even the novel.


What, you can't sit still and read? You have to get in there, sword or staff raised high? Well, go on then, I have perils most exquisite in store and wonders yet to behold! Prepare yourself!

Includes Discord rewards
The Greenhorn Family
$50 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
  • All "Adventurers' Guild" rewards.
  • This is the loot box tier! Get a monthly loot box with goodies such as t-shirts, mugs, article booklets, tabletop quick-start packs, playing cards, exclusive short stories and poems, and many more things! Links to digital rewards may also be included.
  • Whenever one of my Aqualon novels is complete, a printed, hard-cover copy will be included in your monthly loot box.


"The war horn blows green" is one of the most famous sayings to emerge from the Great War, when the Greenhorns, the first masters of technamagix created green, magical horns they wore as hats and that could be heard everywhere at once when blown. They tamed mighty moths and rode them into battle, and are still among the most renowned researchers in the field of ribogenetics today. 

Includes Discord rewards
Hall of Heroes
$100 or more per month 0 of 16 patrons
  • All "The Greenhorn Family" rewards.
  • You may participate in a monthly video RPG session on Skype or Roll20, set in Aqualon and mastered by me.
  • Your adventures will be epic and well recorded on the World Anvil page. Perhaps word will even reach the characters of the books. 
  • You may have your name on the website linked to your own site and add a short description or statement, and I will help you design a banner for this purpose, if you do not have your own.


You want to travel with me? Well... I suppose the road is wide enough, and where it isn't, we'll make do! Yes, saddle your horse, pack your bag, we are going on an adventure!

Includes Discord rewards