Daybreak on Hyperion is a fantasy web novel written in light-novel-esque prose by Aorii

Story Synopsis

Born into noble prestige and gifted with genius intellect, Pascal was a promising officer cadet who rose to national fame before even graduating. At the mere age of nineteen, he had everything a young man could wish for...

Except his habitual arrogance had destroyed every opportunity of a close friendship outside his political marriage.

Seeking another companion that would meet his protracted list of requirements, Pascal decided to craft the 'perfect spell' for the upcoming familiar ceremony. If those in his world were not fit to accompany his brilliance, then he would summon a best friend through his own hands -- one that was mature, intelligent, knowledgeable, bright, and cute to boot.

He received far more than he bargained for... and in turn, so did the entire world.

This is the story of how three wills -- adviser, commandant, and royalty -- joined to forever alter the geopolitical power balance of an entire continent, and in the process, usher society into a new era of civilization.

The dawn of Enlightenment is upon Hyperion.

  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Genderbender, Action, Military (Strategy), Politics, Romance (Slow)
  • Author: Aorii
  • Illustrator: Hachi-Hana, Chuz (retired); see Fan Artwork
  • Editors/Beta-Readers: Phoenix (retired), Kadi, Ahmsab, Wu, Himeko, SkychanSchuyler
  • Special thanks to Terisxenite for the initial encouragement and as psychology advisor.

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Volume 1 - Daybreak on Hyperion [Full Text][Download]

Volume 2 - Winter Typhoon [Full Text][Download]

Volume 3 - Polarized Authority [Full Text]

 Volume 4 - The Burning Throne

  • Chapter 1 - Playing with Fire
  • Chapter 2 - A Familial Duty
  • Chapter 3 - In the Interest of State
  • Chapter 4 - The Price of Audacity
  • (more TBA)



Aorii is a Software Engineer, Project Manager, and hobbyist writer with far too many interests -- particularly Worldbuilding with an emphasis on the social sciences (History, Geopolitics, Psychology, and Socioeconomics). Despite writing fiction, I consume mostly nonfiction which gives me a rather unusual perspective: I lack genre awareness, instead preferring to ignore the boundaries of 'genre conventions' altogether.

You may contact me at: zanaikin / [at] / live / [dot] / com

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  1. Sazank

    Just burned through all of this relatively quickly for how slow I read. I'll admit I first started on it because the GB tag but continued picking up pace because there was so much more to it. It's hilariously deconstructing towards the "going to a fantasy world" stories these days, so much so that I felt pretty sad whenever Kaede thought about their family. There were some pretty rough downer moments but nothing that stopped me for than a second. Despite how bad this might sound I was so happy when nukes were finally brought up! Kaede isn't the type argue this but every time people on hyperion would insult what they thought her people used for weaponry I was mentally shouting "Tell them about the nukes!".

    Trying to avoid a solid post of babbling happiness but I really look forward to reading more to say the least.

    1. AoriiAorii

      I'm in between volumes. That usually takes longer even if I wasn't start work on another project as well...

      1. Hakurei06Hakurei06

        *double take*
        [Several minutes later]

        All I got is a link to a blank page entitled The Fl- *knocked unconscious*

  2. lucasnox

    i just finished watching youjo senki and it struck me how similar it is to daybreak on hyperion in the sort of magical europe warfare setting, probably loved youjo senki as much as i did because i read daybreak before seeing it

    cant get enough of that magical warfare, i love me some war fics, but also i love me some magic, plus genderbend is always fun :3

    XD though of course tanya from youjo senki is more a anti hero

    1. AoriiAorii

      Someone once linked Youjo Senki here, and I tried a chapter...

      While I was impressed by the thought that went into it, the 'military terminology porn' kind of annoyed me (I'm fairly well-versed in it thanks to many WW2 biographies, and even I had to look up some words that could have been easily replaced -- not even German generals were that technical!). But the killer, for me, is how it featured someone not just sociopathic, but biologically 9 years old. A scheming, murdering 14-15 year old (considered 'adult enough' in many cultures) I can accept. But a 9y/o Himmler at the helm? Yeah that's just crossing the line.

      (Did the Author ever explain why he chose to make her a 9y/o officer? Rather than just delay the war until she was older. Because something just feels WRONG about that choice.)

      1. JustSomeoneRandom

        Aorii chill, its just a fiction work and thats what makes them funnier, ilogical stuff :3

      2. Aorii-chan, love

        but they're reincarnated with memories, so they're technically 9 years old + 30-40 years

      3. Amatuix

        There can be only one reason why the MC is 9 yo....
        LOLI. Sigh.

        I have yet to understand the psichology behind a lolicon, or better, how they excuse themselves from what are, in my eyes, pedophiliac's tendencies.

        1. Aorii-chan, love

          but young is good. that smooth skin, those youthful curves.. tasty!! who wants to be old anyway?

      1. Setrak

        Okay, thank you! I was just curious. I love your story, especially how realistic all the characters are, and how dynamic your magic system is. Its really amazing the amount of depth you have in this series. Thank you for all of your work and the entertainment it has brought me.

  3. Dragon God

    What do you think about an alternative democracy where the electorate must need some standard(a certain level of qualitative education that makes them an effective and useful electorate), before voting?

    So there might be a citizenship school, a year or more(basics of economics, public administration, government, laws, maybe a little philosophy) and only graduates are allowed to vote. Graduation requires a passmark of 75%? Exams should ensure the graduates are capable enough to make an effective electorate. UBE and maybe a Highschool diploma should be a prerequisite for attending the school.

    This is not my idea though, this has a few minutes or seconds thinking at best.

    What I have in mind is a several page essay, that'll take a while to type up.

    1. Hakurei06Hakurei06

      In other words, anyone too poor to get their letters will lack a voice in their governing? In a place that has heretofore lacked any public education whatsoever?
      You can deprive the vast majority of people of decent education through administrative bullshit; if that's not enough, rig the tests.

      I'm not against an educated electorate, but there are considerations that need to be taken to ensure fair representation.

      1. Dragon God

        Well, it wouldn't be effective if the level of education is low.

        The citizenship school should be heavily subsidised by the government.

        This should be feasible in the EU at least.

        Those that don't graduate or chose not to attend have no voice in government.

        The standard of education and literacy should be high as a prerequisite.

        But I feel it's better than the alternative. An uneducated electorate that is easily manipulated, and lack the ability to make effective decisions regarding government.

        I feel that the true sin is giving political agency to those who don't know enough about politics.

  4. Dragon God

    I've caught up with the novel, and would like to apologise regarding my complaints on Pascal's 'genius', 'prodigy', and 'Runelord names, they are well earned. Him being a prodigy at military affairs and spellcasting is well conveyed. Nevertheless, I have not seen cause to back down on the issue of his political acumen. Especially as Pascal is seemingly not gifted in military affairs specifically, but a genius who possesses a sharp and analytical mind. His childhood knowledge, and position as a Duke, is also another reason for him to be Politically savvy(I don't expect him to be below Adrianne, and not too far off from Sylvie). Gosh I sound like a broken record now.

      1. Dragon God

        He was referred as a Duke in volume 3 no? I don't understand the Prussian nobility all that much. Most of my knowledge on the matter of aristocracy omes from novels.

        Well, the point was that as a high noble and a precocious child, he should be politically savvy.

        1. AoriiAorii

          Landgrave is a title from the Holy Roman Empire. It's... complicated lol. In Hyperion setting I use it as a unique Weichsel title that is equivalent to a Margrave and Duke, except in charge of fortified land border province.
          And no, Duke just means they oversee a Duchy (province). Many dukes have royal blood, but not all.

          (copypasta from v3ch18 comment response)
          Keep in mind that politics isn't one skill, but a huge range of them. Chapters like v2ch4 and v3ch2 should highlight: Pascal is good at analyzing politics on a regional level (i.e. geopolitics power game), but he isn't great at court politics (i.e. personal intrigues and factional scheming), which frankly makes sense because his father prefers to stay out of them himself and focus on simply serving the King (hence he is a Royalist/Monarchist). His biggest weakness, especially when compared to Sylv, is that he's not a persuasive talker -- he has a provincial attitude and nasty temper.

  5. Dragon God

    By the way, I'm very interested in Politics, and have been planning for several months/weeks an alternative system of government.

    Are you interested in hearing/discussing about it?

    Contact me using provided email if you are.

  6. Dragon God

    Allow me to use this opportunity to revise my rating to 5.0. Especially in light of all the effort put in it to make it as realistic as possible, and considering the quality of other Web Novels; English or translated.

    Congratulations. You've repeatedly brought a tear to my eye through this novel(I never let it fall though), a testament to your masterful writing. In the past year, I can recall only one other novel which achieved the feat.

    I have praised the consummate writings of several authors, even had several fangams, blissful euphorias and intellectual orgasms(and those of the plainer kind), but rarely have I ever felt like crying by the evocative writing.

    I am deeply pentinent, that I lack the resources to make this commendation as proficient as your writing. I've become a follower and solemnly swear(imagine a Knight's vow) that I shall spread the fame of this novel, with the same ardour and fervour that I do Dungeon Defense.

    Kudos, hats off.

    I've fallen in love with Sylvie, pity, as I expected Adrianne to be the target of my affections.