I am currently writing up the summary for my fan sequel. It is going to be rather...long-winded, to say the least. I may even have to split it up into multiple parts. Please, bear with me while I get it all typed up. I am going to avoid reading the TC's version of Arcadia until then.
Here is part 1.
After the defeat of Lord Galcian's armada at the hands of Vyse, now known as the King of Blue Rogues, his crew disbanded and he and his companions disappeared, never to be heard from again.
20 years later, a young Air Pirate named Sevyn would be thrust into a chain of world-changing events. He and his childhood friend Nira grew up in a small village that was suddenly destroyed by an invading airship the likes of which no one has ever seen before or since. The two of them were saved due to the timely arrival of Captain Vince Dynarius of the Phoenix Clan, a band of Blue Rogues. Vince raised the two of them to be on his crew ever since, until one fateful day when their base was attacked by the fleet of Gault, the fiercest Black Pirate alive.
Sevyn, Nira, and Vince were taken prisoner on Gault's flagship while the rest of the Phoenix Clan was killed in the attack. Yet through their cunning, the three of them managed to escape and stole a lifeboat as the flagship was flying over the forests of Ixa'Taka.
They hid beneath the trees to evade capture, but they were still in danger of the wild beasts that inhabited the forests and jungles. Fortunately they were found by a young, masked hunter named Snipakuta, who assisted them and led the three to the city of Cetzan, where the citizens of Horteka had moved to after the town was destroyed in a mysterious fire.
Snipakuta was the son of Tikatika, formerly of Vyse's crew, and became a hunter just like his father. Snipakuta lost his mother in the Horteka fire, and his father has been bedridden by a mysterious illness. Snipakuta has been seeing a shaman named Vinera about a cure for his father's sickness. She has demanded an exorbitant sum for this, however, and Snipakuta has been working two jobs to pay for it, one of which is selling the hides and skins of the beasts he hunts. The other is working in the mines of Moonstone Mountain. 20 years ago the Valuan Admiral De Loco had enslaved the Ixa'takan natives to work in these mines, but now they work here to export green moonstones to the rest of the world for a profit. Just as Snipakuta's next shift is about to begin, the miners are attacked by a golem made of emerald. The four of them head into the mines and destroy the golem, but do not come up with any leads as to who created it. Sevyn, Vince, and Nira sell the fragmented pieces of the emerald golem's body and make enough money to buy a small airship, enough for them to leave. The three of them fly away from Ixa'taka while Snipakuta remains there to continue working for his father's sake, and for the investigation of the mine incident.
The three sail to Skyport City, a blossoming city that only 20 years ago was a small port town called Sailor's Isle, to discuss what to do next. They hear from the rumor mill that Admiral Marco of the New Valuan Imperial Armada has obtained a treasure of unfathomable value, and that anyone skilled enough to obtain it could surely buy anything they wanted with it a thousand times over. The three see this as a challenge, and assemble a team of volunteering sailors into a makeshift crew to assist them on the heist. One of these crew members reveals information on an old tunnel in the Valuan mountain range that led straight into the capital. This tunnel was used by smugglers, and so they would use this to smuggle themselves into New Valua and then smuggle out the treasure.
The New Valuan Empire, as they are called, was built from the ruins of the old Valua by Emperor Enrique and Empress Moegi. Their matrimonial union has created a strong bond between New Valua and Yafutoma, but the two continents are separated by the ominous Dark Rift. However, a safe trade route through the Rift was eventually established. One day, however, Admiral Marco, formerly of Vyse's crew, had veered from the normal route and wandered into the center of the Dark Rift. There, they discovered the collossal black moonstone, and ferried it all the way back to New Valua for research. The black moonstone was studied by the New Valuan Department of Research and Development, led by Admiral Wolfgang Lobon. The results were fascinating. It was nothing like any other moonstone, and yet it had many practical applications. It was truly a scientific breakthrough. To honor this achievement, Marco cut out a tiny chunk of the moonstone and had it crafted into a magnificent jewel to be embedded into Emperor Enrique's crown.
Recently, the New Valuan Empire received a visit from a mysterious guest that claimed to know well the secrets of the black moonstone. He met with the Emperor, and with the leaders of the New Valuan Armada: Supreme Commander Decius Garcian, First Admiral Marco of the Homeland Defense Division, Second Admiral Fernando of the Diplomacy Division (as well as the nephew of the old armada's Alphonso), Third Admiral Nekona of the Tactics And Espionage Division (and the sole woman of the group), and Fourth Admiral Wolfgang Lobon of the Research And Development Division. Exactly what transpired in that meeting was never revealed to anyone.
Vince and his crew made their way through the tunnel without a hitch and arrived in the capital city of New Valua. Whereas the old Valua was divided between the rich and the poor, the new empire had the city's wealth distributed as evenly as possible to each and every citizen. It was quite a change from the old, to say the least. They made their way through the city and located the warehouse where the black moonstone was said to be currently situated. But what they found there instead, however, was the testing site for a new weapon that Dr. Lobon's team was developing: a bipedal war machine identified by the code AU-79, also known simply as "Magnum". Every part of the machine was armed: its right arm was a gatling gun with a chamber in the center large enough to fire grenades out of. its left arm released shots of plasma, which it could store for more powerful blasts. It could also release the plasma as a stream of flame. Compartments in its shoulders could open up to fire salvos of heat-seeking missiles. In its head a powerful laser cannon was embedded. And then there were the rocket thrusters on its feet that could allow it to fly short distances, giving it some mobility.
With an arsenal such as this, Magnum quickly dispatched the entire crew that Sevyn, Vince, and Nira had hired after they were spotted. But this machine was a prototype, the first of its kind, and thus its design was rather rough around the edges. With some quick thinking, the three of them were able to outwit the machine and disable it. Their victory was short-lived, however, as the guards were released on them. In their dash to escape, Vince was lost in the confusion. Sevyn and Nira were much more fortunate, for a hale mercenary they came across allowed them to flee from New Valua on his own airship. The mercenary introduced himself as Blaze Coronus, and his ship the Solaris. He was from the desert kingdom of Nasr, and that was where they would be headed. As upset over the loss of their crew as they were, Sevyn and Nira had no choice but to go along with him.
They arrived in the Nasrean town of Aranaya, near which was recently discovered the tomb of the ancient king Pyrus. The people that had been exploring the tomb had not been heard from in a week, and so Blaze offered to investigate for a price, agreeing to split it between himself, Sevyn, and Nira if all three of them came along, which they did. They descended into the tomb to find that the entire archaeological team was slain by the tomb's recently-awoken guardians. The three of them defeated the guardians and found a well-preserved map of Glacia, The Lands of Ice, the continent of the purple moon. A long-dead Nasrean king holding a map pointing to a mountain, which the map identified as Mount Aegis, was something too suspicious to ignore. The trio collected their pay, and sailed south to the Lands Of Ice.
They arrived in the town of Campton, the base of operations for people exploring Glacia. There, they showed the map to the explorers, and they set out for Mt. Aegis. The map led them to an opening in the side of the mountain, wherein was a massive crystal shrine of sorts. Like Pyrus' tomb, this place too was protected by ancient guardians, which killed half the exploration team before the trio was able to subdue them. What they turned out to be guarding were a man and a woman, encased in crystals of ice. Destroying the guardians had caused the ice crystals to melt away, and the two of them slowly awakened.
They could only remember their names, the man Frigidus and the woman Polara. How they got there was anyone's guess at this point. They were taken with the surviving crew back to Campton. The next morning, however, Campton fell under attack by the New Valuan Armada. Nekona had been spying on the escapees Sevyn and Nira this entire time, and simply chose this moment to strike. Dr. Lobon had come along as well, bringing with him a new "toy" he invented to massacre the explorers for harboring Air Pirates. Sevyn, Nira, and Blaze rushed in to stop him. Polara even stepped in as well, demonstrating a powerful affinity for magic to help destroy Lobon's invention. However, the four of them were still heavily surrounded by New Valuan forces; they and the surviving explorers had little choice but to surrender.
They were taken to a massive prison rivaling even the old Valua's Grand Fortress. Sevyn, Polara, and Blaze were each detained in separate cells, while Nira and Frigidus were brought before someone representing the mysterious guest that visited the admirals earlier. Whoever he was, he had gained much influence in the empire since then. The representative told them that the one whom he was representing had Vince in his custody as well, and that they were going to visit him whether they wanted to or not. Sevyn, resolving to save his friends, tricked the guards into letting him out of his cell, and he freed Polara as well. Together, they sought to find Blaze and escape the prison.
During their escape, they came across the still-deactivated Magnum, and Sevyn unwittingly reactivated it. Magnum's AI had been reset, and it identified Sevyn as its owner. It then began to follow him and Polara, using its weaponry to protect them from threats. Their group now consisting of three, they made their way to Blaze's cell, only to find it empty. They fought their way out of the prison to find themselves at an airship dock, where they were suddenly assailed by a different model of the sort of machine that Magnum was. This one was identified as SE-34, or "BlackHawk". It was a more refined variation of Magnum's model, and much more stable. Even Magnum stood little chance against this automation, but as things were looking bleak, BlackHawk was suddenly destroyed by cannon fire from a ship that approached the dock. It was the Solaris, and Blaze was aboard. He was never captured at all, but instead wrestled his way out of the guards' grip and followed behind the armada in his ship. Sevyn, Polara, and Magnum climb aboard the Solaris and locate a strange-looking airship that Nira and Frigidus are escorted onto. Despite it not looking like anything anyone has ever seen before, the mysterious ship somehow seems familiar to Sevyn.
The Solaris follows the ship, and it descends into a strange energy tunnel leading down below the clouds. The Solaris takes pursuit, and its inhabitants are surprised to find that they were even able to descend below the sky at all. They descend into a world covered in eternal darkness, a world known as Deep Sky, formerly the surface of Arcadia. And yet through the darkness they see a massive citadel lit up by thousands of lights. As they approach, its architecture looks alien to all of them, but they continue their pursuit of the strange ship with Nira and Frigidus on board. It docks by one of the buildings on the outskirts of the massive city surrounding the citadel, and the Solaris discreetly follows suit.
The city up close is beyond belief, built with technology that appears centuries ahead of the rest of the world. But the four are not welcome here, for they are attacked by the city's inhabitants, whose skin is black as the darkness of Deep Sky itself. Still, they push on and fight their way to the man holding the hostages, encountering him in one building. He introduces himself as Kozmo Eschaton and his race the Kaguron, and politely warns them that he will have to take action if they do not leave. Wanting Nira back, Sevyn ignores this, and Kozmo counters by attacking the party with powerful dark magic never before witnessed by anyone in the world above. But between Sevyn and his allies, the four of them manage to overpower Kozmo and put him at their mercy, demanding to know where he took Frigidus and Nira.
They are interrupted, however, by an intimidating figure that Kozmo identifies as his master, and the master of the entire Kaguron race, Lord Kuron. It was he that visited heads of New Valua, and he that knew the secrets of the black moonstone, for he is the leader of the Kaguron, the civilization of the black moon, long banished from the skies of Arcadia. Kuron assails the group with frightening sorcery hundreds of times more powerful than Kozmo's, and it is Sevyn and company that are overwhelmed this time. Blaze stands up before Kuron and tells the rest to leave. Sevyn has no time to hesitate before Magnum and Polara pull him away to make their escape. Despite Blaze's strength and fortitude, it is extremely unlikely he could survive Kuron's frightening powers.
As the remaining three flee for their lives, Sevyn remembers more of the day his village was attacked. The ships he remembered looked exactly like the ones here, and Kuron looked exactly like the man that had killed his parents. No one had believed his stories. But now, Kuron was in pursuit of them, and they stood no chance against him. They returned to the Solaris and took off as they were pursued by Kozmo's flagship, but the darkness of Deep Sky allowed the Solaris to evade them, and ascended into another energy tunnel at the top of Deep Sky.
The Solaris emerged in another part of the world, and on the other side of the Dark Rift. They were in Yafutoma, the continent under the blue moon, and King Daigo had disappeared a few years back. Without his leadership, Yafutoma fell into civil war, being divided into two territories called Hazukaro and Mitashi. The group found that the Hazukaro region was the safer of the two, and so they travelled there, hoping that the Kaguron would not find them. What found them instead, however, was an assassin that tried to kill Sevyn in the night. Sevyn fought back and apprehended the assassin, and demanded to know who else was trying to kill him. The woman said that her name was Sezutki, and that Samahan, the leader of the Mitashi region, had hired her. Sevyn demanded to be taken to Samahan if Sezutki wanted to live, and she complied, revealing that Samahan and his personal guard had gone up to Mt. Kazai for undisclosed reasons.
Sevyn, Polara, Magnum, and Sezutki journeyed into Mt. Kazai to find Samahan's bodyguards slain, with Samahan himself nowhere to be found. What they found instead was a powerful monster of some nature guarding something. The four of them overcame the monster and found that it had been protecting an ancient sword, now rusty and dull, that looked nothing like any sword anyone had seen. The handle had six impressions in it that suggested something had once fitted into them. Sevyn held onto this seemingly useless sword as he conferred with the others what to do next.
Samahan may be still alive, and he would likely send more assassins their way should they remain in Yafutoma. They agreed to leave before they made any more enemies, Sezutki coming along with them for she owed them for sparing her. The only way out of Yafutoma was through the Dark Rift, and so they reluctantly decided to travel through it via the route that the trade ships had been using. But the interior of the Dark Rift was perplexing, and they eventually got lost. The Solaris then came under attack by another mysterious airship that seemed to constantly phase in and out of reality. Its captain called itself "Shade" and the ship "Phantasm". The Phantasm shot the Solaris out of the sky.
Sevyn awakened to find himself alone, a silver temple of some sort stood before him. The rusty sword he carried with him reacted strangely, and he felt a strange compulsion to present it to the altar at the center. There, an apparition of a majestic warrior appeared before him. It said that his name was Garanos, the hero of the Old World. It was he that fought the Kaguron in the distant past, banishing them to Deep Sky after the Rains Of Destruction had fallen. The Kaguron have since conspired to bring back the black moon and conquer the civilizations of the other moons. To stop this from happening, Sevyn must restore the enchantments of the Lunar Sword, which he now holds, and use it to slay the descendants of the six dark sages, who betrayed the people of the six moons to join the Kaguron. If there are no more descendants, the ritual to return the black moon to the sky cannot be completed. Garanos merges his soul with Sevyn to lend him his power.
Sevyn is not entirely sure why he must do this, but if it gets him closer to avenging his friends and family, he will do just that. He leaves the temple and, to his surprise, finds the Solaris waiting for him. It is neither Polara nor Magnum nor Sezutki that are aboard, but Vince and Nira, who had managed to escape thanks to him interferring with Kozmo. They stowed away on another Kaguron ship and found the empty Solaris in Deep Sky, which still managed to work, but is in need of repairs. Together they return to the skies once again and find themselves near Ixa'Taka.
They return to Cetzan to repair their ship, and go to pay Snipakuta a visit, but he is nowhere to be found. Both he and the shaman Vinera had recently disappeared, with Snipakuta saying that he had gone to find the cure for his father's illness himself. They venture off into the jungles to follow his trail, and come to find him captured by a tribe of warrior women known as the Ixa'ness. Vinera had become the shaman of the village now, and she revealed that she had no intention of curing Tikatika. The three fight against the Ixa'ness, freeing Snipakuta and forcing Vinera to surrender, where she tells them about a panacea that the ancient Ixa'Takan king Montezun used to cure all manner of ills. There may be a chance that he was buried with his panacea, so Sevyn plus three track down the temple of Montezun, eventually having to fight the enraged spirit of the king when they try to take his panacea. They recover it, and at the same place they also find a shrine with a green moonstone gem the exact size and shape for one of the impressions in the handle of the Lunar Sword. When placed in, the sword looks sharper and less rusty, and even emits a faint glow. A portion of the Lunar Sword's power has been restored, and so there must be five more, one for each of the other moons.
As they return to Cetzan to bring the panacea to Snipakuta's father, they hear that the city has been routinely attacked by Black Pirates since Sevyn and friends first came to visit. No doubt it is Gault's crew that has been harassing the Ixa'takans since they came looking for them. The four travel to find Gault's new headquarters on the same island that the Phoenix Clan once occupied. They fight their way into his base and avenge their crew by killing Gault, making the skies much safer to travel in the process.
They then begin to make Gault's base back into their own, and as Vince and Nira talk about their escape, they mention a building that they had seen when they were travelling back to the skies, and the Kaguron ships heading towards it. Sevyn wonders if Polara and Magnum and Sezutki are still alive, and thinks that this may be their best lead. They take the energy tunnel back down to Deep Sky and infiltrate the strange facility. What they find is astonishing: not only are they alive, but Blaze was kept alive as well, and they were all being detained in different parts of that very facility. They rescue the four of them and escape, and see that Kozmo's flagship is heading the same way they are. Worried about its intentions, they follow it at a safe distance.
It leads the eight of them to a suspicious outpost located on an island near New Valua. As they dock at the outpost and exit the Solaris, the island's defense system activates, and destroys their ship in the process. Undeterred, the eight of them proceed into the island, which turns out to be a laboratory of some sort where Admiral Lobon, under Kuron's supervision, has been utilizing the black moonstone to develop new technologies. When alerted to their presence, Wolfgang unleashes a deadly new invention of his on them, but they manage to destroy it, taking the black moonstone shard it was using for power. They are stopped again by Lord Kuron, who prepares to kill them with his unnatural arcane powers, but Kozmo suddenly turns on him and creates a path for the Air Pirates to escape, and escape they do, right onto Kozmo's flagship, with Kozmo himself accompanying them.
Kozmo has the ship take off before Kuron can reach them, and uses all of its firepower to destroy the island, and the lab with it. Kozmo has done some soul searching in his time as Kuron's subordinate, and has decided that killing off the civilizations in the skies is wrong, and that he wants to join their side. He resolves to help the others restore the Lunar Sword, and they will travel Arcadia in his own flagship in order to do so.