Happy Holidays Release!

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A holidays release for Daybreak this year! It comes out now so I don't forget it on the days I spend with family. I'd like to thank all the readers for their support, so this chapter was pressed out faster than usual. I did not skimp out on quality though, don't worry.

Link -- fitting chapter to celebrate Winter Solstice.

I also wish I had some finished artwork, but the artist had his hands full in the past few months and I've lost contact as of late ;_; Here's an example of the last near-completion draft we were working on. I do love the work~

 


 

A few notes:

1. There is a ton of terminology used in this chapter, as I start paralleling Irish, Welsh, and Scottish mythology. See Chapter References for more details if you're curious, or Wiki the terms yourself ^^

2. Anyone who thinks that oration was too bloody should look up the lyrics for La Marseillaise -- the French National Anthem (I have no idea how they sing this with a straight face in front of Germans and Austrians).

3. I apologize to anyone of Islamic origin who might feel offended by the last scene. Wartime propaganda always comes off rather derisive, especially when religion gets involved.

4. In hindsight, I'm actually glad some readers dislike Sylviane's personality. Otherwise, I'd worry about her being a Mary Sue* xD

May your holidays time be more pleasant than Kaede's =P

~ Aorii

(*Though the gender equality of literature bears some thought, I shall support it by bashing on Gary Stus; bad literary practices must still be exorcised to stop them from propagating!)

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  1. FearGarden

    For the first 7 volumes of antimagic I had read I enjoyed it. Thanks for having those up at the time.

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  2. Riselotte

    Happy holidays (I know I'm kind of late),
    I've been reading this story since last year and find it rather intriguing. While the author's point of view on quite a few matters differ from my own, it is still interesting to read and get to see things from Kaede's point of view. And it creates food for thought (though I wouldn't dare comment in depth on the debate on feminism, which I found quite, let's say courageous, to start, as it's a great can of worms). In general, the cast seems to go well and while not all are likeable, they at least contribute to the story and don't take away too much. The recent addition of a character list even helps with the greatest issue I had, which was the large and growing cast, which prompted me to reread the story once and I may reread it a third time still.

    I do want to commend Aorii for the thought that was put into the societies of Hyperion, even if it often imitates real counterparts. These things seem to be also something the author wants to highlight and social commentary seems to be one major way of showcasing the wit of some characters. My greatest issue with the setting would be that I'm by no means prussophile and must smile whenever I find some new reference to Prusso-German military history. But as said, I mostly just nod and read on, given there's a fair bit of demonstration also of the negative sides of militaristic Junker aristocracy and other cultures. Maybe it is just how mainstream the appreciation of Prussia's military glory has become that it irks me a bit to find it here again (though this is hardly a fault of the author). The latest chapters seem to try bring in more economic aspects (proto-railway and stock exchanges), and I do hope that the integration of such concepts does succeed as swimmingly as the military and social ones (in that it does not distract from the story too much, while giving it some added depth). Mercantile and industrial developments would, in my opinion, both add facettes to the societies of the countries and add to the image of Kaede as a bit of an universalist, who is well-read and has at least some basic knowledge in the major driving forces of history (kind of the image I get from reading). Maybe these things can be highlighted more with Skagen (colonial ventures) and Samara, once that one actually becomes more central to the setting (as Samara to me seems a bit like a mixture of cultures, based around the Republic of Novgorod, but I may be wrong). Still, Weichsel, as a major steel producer could get some insight in this industry.

    This also brings me to a point on the gunpowder debate: the fact that explosives have also major industrial applications. Where one doesn't necessarily have to deal with hostile counters. Mining has been the major application of dynamite since its invention, more so than the military. And it seems to reason that for large scale mining, it is more useful to use explosives, which can be operated by commoners, rather than depend on mining mages that seem more scarce and more expensive. This does give some incentive to also develop explosives that are safer to handle. Guns themselves, aren't necessarily needed, as much as just cheap effective ways to equip units of non-magical infantry. Guns, in a non-magical world are just an easy way to give decent power to a common person, by harnessing chemical energy, instead of relying on mechanical energy of bows. Training someone on a gun isn't that much easier than a crossbow, but it is in the long run easier to develop compact ways of carrying bullets and powder, than crossbow bolts and to create more powerful guns in a compact size, than to try scale up crossbows and find ways to still reload those in a timely fashion.

    Despite these things (which I intent as constructive criticism, as I still find the story to be my favourite hosted here (not to say I don't like the others)), I do reiterate that I find the characters interesting and their interactions to be quite witty. I do think, it is not easy to try make characters sound naturally witty in a story, and thus, while Kaede (I use Kaede, because he/she is the one we get the most internal monologues from and the central character) does appear at times to be a bit naive and a bit of an amateur, it is perfectly acceptable, given the background of Kaede, who is after all a person that pursued knowledge on his/her old world often more out of interest and on their own intiative, rather than as part of a sophisticated formalised education over the course of decades. And some areas of expertise just are outside what one person can know, when focussing on other things. There's some character development, and some development between the characters, which is good even at its slow pace (more natural) and I do wonder how it'll eventually pans out. Pascal wished for a companion that would be useful and match him in intelect and we'll see how much Kaede shapes up to be that, or not. Or more?

    There's a lot I could write, but I think I'll leave it at this, as it already grew longer than I originally thought it'd be. Anyway, a happy new year and keep writing a good story, Aorii.

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    1. AoriiAorii Post author

      Thank you very much for the detailed feedback~ this is the kind that really helps me reflect on the work.

      Personally, I think the issue with any 'prussophile glory' trend is that it's kind of a backlash towards the propaganda leftover from WWI/WWII era. The Prussian Germans keep being portrayed as these warmongering butcherers; and while that's not entirely unfair, it does ignore many of their cultural/societal contributions to the world. Sure they were militaristic, but they were also one of the most organized and productive societies in Europe -- hallmarked by the rapid economic rise of Germany before WWI stomped them flat.

      You can find more notes about Samara in the volume 2 Author's notes =P, and you're right that's it's somewhat based on Novgorod.

      I have considered that about mining. I'm just not sure when to create another 'historical tangent' since technically, Hyperion hasn't entered industrial age proper when the demand for mining will skyrocket. But these again goes into economic concepts that I haven't tapped enough, and probably won't until either (1) there's a lull between the wars so people can pay more attention to the administrative/infrastructure development or (2) the war intensifies into a total war.

      It's as you put... Kaede IS an amateur xD She was about the enter university when the story started after all! Compared to these knights and commanders and politicians who have been trained their entire lives for the job. You could say I'm using her as a diving board -- she knows just enough about everything to comment on it to the reader, but not so much that she comes off as omnipotent. Being young and naive does mean she still upholds many of those wonderful ideals we like to see in characters, as pragmatism often doesn't mix well with modern ethics.

      Thanks again for the comments and happy holidays~ o/

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      1. Riselotte

        Thank you for the response. I'm glad if I can be of any help.

        I wouldn't say that I'm unbiased in my views on Prussia. Though, my bias stems more from my view that Prussia, while definitely not without contributions, was one of many German states, with others like the North German Hanseatic states, the South German states, like Bavaria and the Austrians (who were seen as culturally German for a long time, especially during the times the story uses as inspiration) having had their fair share in forming what is the German nation. And while I neither want to say your work is bad in this regard, nor would I want to recommend any accomodations here that would feel forced and deduct from the storytelling quality and the nice pace, it just seems to me that often in literature with Prussia, Prussia gets equated with Germany (and worse, the military gets equated with Prussia). I think, what made Prussia so successful in the 19th century is not just a good military and administration, but also an economic development, made possible by earlier efforts to improve the regions they held in the east (settling people like the huguenots and turning swamplands into fields and forests into useful woodlands) and acquisitions of prosperous and industrious regions, like Silesia and the Ruhr area. And the addition of these and the other German states (sans Austria) made the new Germany a well-rounded state overall, which became quite competitive in Europe.

        I think, the adding of other tangents you'll figure out on your own. At least so far, you handled the complexity pretty well, in my opinion. You most likely have some idea of how this story goes on (maybe just crude and subject to change) and there'll surely be chances to expand on matters. I mean, we did just see how some thought was put into how to organise the rebuilding effort and gather the ressources.

        And at the end of the day, I doubt anyone expects Kaede to single-handedly trigger a socio-economic revolution. At least not in the short-term. While I'd guess that Kaede will sooner or later become more educated (as the author delves deeper in topics =P ) based on readings in this new world (doubt people here never put any thought into economic and natural science) and devise some things on his/her own (we already did see the extent to which Kaede struggles to apply prior knowledge with a new magical ruleset), I do think, socio-economic changes are more brought about by masses of unsung people in the background, not single individuals. Especially with pre-industrial economic developments, like medieval crop rotation (though I'd guess that the people already know of this in Hyperion), the introduction of new crops (mostly from the new world, like potatos), the establishment of manufacturies, canals and roads, plantations and other such things, as well as banking and stock trade to finance it, which changed the economy from medieval subsistence farming and rent-seeking gentry to early modern proto-capitalism and urban profit-seeking bourgeoisie. And these changes in turn led to what allowed the industrial revolution to become this large and also for armies to grow in size from tens to hundreds of thousands in the 18th century to hundreds of thousands to millions in the 19th century and into the tens of millions in the 20th century.

        But until there's a way to get back, Kaede has a good few decades anyway. And most likely more pressing short-term concerns.

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        1. AoriiAorii Post author

          So first of all, I need to get something out of the way xD. While I appreciate that you're trying not to be intrusive, it's actually making the sentences harder to comprehend. This is a discussion and I try not to bite, so please don't hesitate to get to the point. I only get annoyed when people make abstract accusation without any real supporting details/examples =P

          So, I do understand that there are many parts of Germany. But that applies to all cultural union states. I mean, we generally think of cultures and societies as French, Chinese, or Indian; only the experts/locals will ever think of them as Norman (I think Ile-de-France is suppose to be historically Norman? I'm not even sure lol!), Hebei/Ji, and Delhi. Every major nation can be broken down to dozens of states, each with its own cultural values and way of life. Even smaller states can to split down; for example Scotland: the highland and lowland regions vary hugely in their historical lifestyle/views, but everyone else just see them both as 'Scots'. In the end, it's the culture that unifies a cultural group who ends up taking credit in the eyes of the world -- especially when discussed in abstract, seeing as Daybreak is still a narrative and not an encyclopedia. I simply don't have the 'screentime' to go break things down into, say, Saxons and Westphalians and Rhinelanders and Polish Prussians and Pomeranians and... I think you get the idea =P

          I'm not sure you caught on to this since Kaede doesn't really point it out, but many Hyperion techs are actually quite advanced to a 18th and sometimes even 19th century level. For example the sophistication they display in medicine/hygiene, industrial chemistry, administration, and communications (have you noticed how quickly news seem to spread across the continent?). A really big thing to keep in mind is that despite how it seems like Europe, it's not Europe because it never underwent the collapse of the Romans and the subsequent 'Dark Ages' -- so they never underwent a period where countless precious knowledge and organizations (like postal mail) was lost. But as you said, the evolution of socio-economics depends less on individual 'great people' and more on society as a whole, so it's also hard for a historian like Kaede to point out one or two improvements that truly change our worldviews. Thus for the most part it trickles in slowly in the background. It has to be experienced rather than told, and this takes time.

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          1. Riselotte

            Ah, sorry. I tend to be overly complex at times, I guess. Partly, because I have a different native language and don't want to come of as rude when missing finer points in the usage of English, but also because I really respect your work a lot and I get the feeling I might seem more critical and negative than I try to be. As said, most of the things I comment on don't ruin the story to me, but are rather things where I personally (and I might be wrong) see room for improvement.

            The point on German sub-cultures is a good one, especially as it was not my original intention to start a lengthy discussion on German culture, when Weichsel is inspired by Prussia, not a magic carbon copy. As you seem personally interested in Germany anyway (going by the references so far) maybe you'll come across some things in your reading for or outside the story. At least I find the formation and rise of the German nation state quite interesting, also with how German politics developed from absolutist Prussia to the constitutional monarchy and its nationalist and conservative character. Sorry, I studied political sciences, so, well...

            That reminds me, the story did visit some of Weichsel's larger cities, but there wasn't yet much extented action in an urban setting. There was the academy, field camps, the personal estate, the wrecked city, I guess we can still look forward to when Kaede gives us an insight in Hyperion's urban society, with its similarities and differences to what he/she is used to from the old world.

            The survival of Hyperion's Rome and the degree to which magic does help in administration, communication and coordination, as well as other things is something that cannot be underestimated indeed. I feel reminded to a degree of East Asia, where arguably the Chinese did a better job than Rome in staying around to influence neighbours and keep an efficient pre-industrial society up (though I feel that this is pretty broad and partially a bit oversimplifying things on my part). Still, these are things I'll think about some more as the story goes on and maybe I'll write some more things at a later point, when I feel like I have more valuable things to add. Currently I'm somewhat tired (Happy New Year) and I feel my initial purpose of expressing my gratitude for the extraordinary story was served. Just wanted to actually say something after reading this for about a year in silence. Looking forward to the next chapter, though I'd guess it'll take some time.

          2. AoriiAorii Post author

            Yeah haven't really had a chance to simply 'walk through' an urban city yet. Kaede isn't the go-shopping type of person either xD As many tourists know, often the best way of truly experiencing being in another country is by spending a lot of time simply going around strolling, shopping, and eating.

            China, the Persians (until the Mongol invasion), and the Greeks (Byzantium) all did a great job at keeping their infrastructure and organization up over the ages, and it wasn't until the Age of Exploration when Western Europe finally caught up and then exceeded them.

          3. Darian

            only the experts/locals will ever think of them as Norman (I think Ile-de-France is suppose to be historically Norman? I'm not even sure lol!)

            As a French i need to respond to this^^

            Ile-de-France wasn't historically Norman, it had always been directly administrate by the French king since the end of the empire of Charlemagne and so can be considerate as the founder of the French culture. But yeah, until the end of the hundred year war(~1350-1450) between the French and the English, the Frenchs were as culturally diverse as the Germans (heck Burgundy, Brittany and Provence were much bigger than the king's territories). It just that this war concentrate more quickly the French territories directly under the French king (and so by the same token became more culturally uniform) that what happens in the rest of the other European countries (for the Germans and the Italians it was only achieve in the 19th century). It did help to create the concept of nationalism in France but had provoke other problems with it (absolutism for one thing).

            And for the Marseillaise we pretty much now only sing the first two strophes (the less bloody ones xD) and the song is mostly against the French royalists and by extension all the European royal families who were busy invading France as this time than specially the Germans or Austrian.

  3. happinezz001

    Um I just want to ask a really unrelated question but why is the number of replies going from 27 to 25 every other day

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  4. XRick

    It's quite saddening to know you lost contact with the artist, that artwork of Kaede is quite to my liking and seems just the way I somehow managed to envision her. I was surely hoping to see the others as well...
    Still, not much surprised about that, the same thing happened to me and my own project... Not once but twice! There are very few good artists out there, nowadays, eager to take a risk alongside an author of a Novel/LN series... If they're not getting paid up-front for the work, that is.

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  5. Fireking1220

    Thanks for the work. Always a pleasure when you post a new chapter. Have to say though your illustration makes me think of Felli-senpai. Though not really a bad thing. Happy Holidays to all who read this. And best wishes for a new year of good things to read!

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      1. Fireking1220

        Hhmm. Should watch or read Chrome Shelled Regios. There are clear differences but still for some reason makes me think of her. Lol

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  6. critic

    CRITIC. BABY. IT SEEMS THAT THE DAY THE NEXT VOLUME OF AMA WILL NEVA COME </3 RIP BT

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  7. OCDCleric

    i was floating about my manga site and noticed Only Sense Online now has chapter 1 of its manga out, looks like the moonbunnys finally got it finished

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  8. Armaell

    As a french, I'm fucking proud of our anthem.
    There have been debate some years ago on "do we change our anthem because it's too 'shocking'".
    For God damn sake : no !
    When I hear other national anthem which talk about peace, love and other idealistic ideas, you can totally see those are commissioned anthem, bought just to do as the others. When you hear "La Marseillaise", it's a memory of one of the most important part of France's history, a maybe bloody song, but on par with the events.
    When you sing it, it's not "joy", "love" you think, it's a patriotic feeling you get, the one which make you feel you'll be able to stand before anything, before anyone. Also a song to make you proud of what you stand for. (and so you can only sing it with a straight face, you can't laugh, nor can be ashamed)

    And for that, even if I'm probably biased as French, for me it's the best anthem.

    The only thing that is saddening me each time I hear it, is that I'm pretty sure those words are void today and nobody would stand if History had to be repeated.

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    1. teo

      I am slovenian, and i think your anthen is the most beautiful, sure is a bit bloody but I love it

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    2. AoriiAorii Post author

      If history was repeated, I think you'd be surprised. It's not easy to evoke outrage on a societal level (especially when standards of living are high), but when it is evoked, the effects are calamitous.
      Personally though, I'd be happy if we avoid another French Revolution. Too much bloodletting.

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    1. AoriiAorii Post author

      Yes and no. See Ghilman/Ghulams.
      Janissaries are just the most famous version of an old tradition of Islamic Empires -- the slave-soldiers. There's also the Mamluks (who eventually took over Egypt). The Ghulams are more Persian in origin.

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  9. krytykkrytyk

    You sure have great timing, I'm quite unable to release anything so the releases make the blog much livelier.

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          1. krytykkrytyk

            Siiiiiiiiiiiigh. Volume 8 isn't even out yet, can you stop asking about it?

          2. orpheus01

            Sorry i'm just impatient cause it's one of my favorites novels. Then can you recommend a novel to read also , whats the schedule of it's release?

          3. krytykkrytyk

            Volume 8 comes on 20th of next month. As for recommendations... anything I could recommend is non-translated.

          4. orpheus01

            It's fine if it's not english translated. I can read a tiny bit of japanese and can also use it as a learning material to improve my skill

          5. orpheus01

            Oh krytyk you can just send the recommendations to me at Animesuki forums

      1. Arthur

        My apologies on placement, Daybreak isn't a LN I follow, but the sentiment stands. Also a merry Christmas and blessings to Aorii as well.

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        1. krytykkrytyk

          Oh, is that so, thanks then. I was pretty sure it was a response for Aorii's holiday wishing :).

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