天火大道, aka Skyfire Avenue, is a scifi/fantasy webnovel by popular Chinese author Third Young Master of the Tang Family, aka Tang Jia San Shao (唐家三少), the same author who wrote Douluo Dalu. This project is current being worked on by Xiao Lai. The author has worked on this novel for months now, and has written roughly 700 chapters, with more to come. We’re currently at 100 translated chapters, so join Xiao Lai as he discovers along with you the life and times of Skyfire Avenue!
A glossary of terms, people, organizations and other things of note has been added beneath the table of contents for reference purposes. Some entries may contain (slight) spoilers. The table will be updated periodically as terms are introduced.
Chapter 401: An Informative Battle
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND PEOPLE
People of Unknown Origin:
Pearl – Pearl is a young woman who appears to know far more than she lets on. Obviously she is part of a larger organization, one that is far-reaching, well-funded and not scared to get it’s hands dirty. As for Pearl herself, little is known about her history or affiliations, only that she isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with Lan Jue to get what she wants.
Hera – Lan Jue’s wife, who bears a striking resemblance to Zhou Qianlin. Lan Jue asserts that she disappeared three years ago after an explosion. Though Lan Jue had spent the last three years grieving the death of his wife, recent events have cast that in to doubt. Nothing is known about Hera besides her uncanny similarities to Zhou Qianlin.
Skyfire Avenue – The heart of downtown Skyfire City. This avenue is unique in that no machinery is permitted. Further, it is a semi-autonomous area run by the Skyfire Council, a group of Adepts who own shops and determine how the street shall be governed.
Skyfire Undergound – The secret Skyfire Avenue that exists beneath the city above. It existed before the surface avenue was created ,and is home to scores of Adepts who travel far and wide to learn, grow, and enjoy life.
Shattered Starfields – This particular stretch of space lies between the three great alliances, cleaving them apart so that none are bordered. The starfields are home to moving and chaotic asteroid belts which make travel for larger ships impossible, and difficult for smaller ones. As a result it has become a pirate enclave, home to all sorts of pirate families, not least of these the Moonfiend Pirates and their empress.
Skyfire Council – The Council consists of eighteen members, each of whom own property and are high level Adepts. This council meets bi-monthly for regular meetings pertaining to the running of Skyfire Avenue. It is through their efforts that the Avenue enjoys the autonomy it does today.
The Eastern Alliance – The Eastern Alliance is considered the weakest of the Three Alliances, though not much further behind the West. It is lead by Minister Zhou Xueguan, the Chief Minister, as well as government officials in various Houses (An Upper House certainly, and a Lower house presumed). The Alliance has seen less than ideal growth, and struggles to maintain it’s autonomy and respect in the face of it’s two other counterparts.
The Western Alliance – The Second most powerful Alliance of the Three Alliances, though not much further ahead of the East. Little is known of it’s government or authority, but it is clear that they are lead by Sylva Austin as Prime Minister, with the backing of the powerful Austin family. Like the East they are seeking growth in the face of adversity, until recently seeking to enter in to a partnership with their neighbor for mutually assured improvement.
The Northern Alliance – Almost nothing is known currently about the North, other than the fact that they are far and away the most powerful Alliance. Their power and wealth have inspired the East and West to seek an agreement of their own, likely to protect themselves from being dominated by their larger cousin.
The Three Alliances – The Northern, Eastern and Western Alliances are collectively called the Three Alliances. Together they comprise the controlling powers of the galaxy. Though technically at peace, it is clear that each vye for control and power – sometimes at the expense of the others.
The Heavenly Auction House – The Auction House is based out of Planet Luo, and run by President Luo. Aside from presumably running auctions, the organization also serves as escorts and security. hey appear to be a publicly traded organization.
The Pontiff’s Citadel – An organization of Adepts situated in the Western Alliance. The appear to be at odds with the Dark Citadel.
The Dark Citadel – An Organization of Adepts situated in the Western Alliance. They appear to be at odds with the Pontiff’s Citadel.
The Great Conclave – An organization of Adepts composedm ostly of Converts, operating out of the technologically superior Northern Alliance.
The National Eastern University (NEU) – A respected school with a famed Mecha training branch. Currently the university attended by Zhou Qianlin, daughter to the Eastern Alliance Chief Minister.
The Moonfiend Pirates – These pirates are considered the greatest among the pirate clans residing in the Shattered Starfields. Their Empress commands fear and respect, and is considered first among the Pirate Kings.
Unique Items and Objects of Note:
Refined Technetium – An exceptionally rare mineral that has undergone a lengthly and complex refinement process. Refined technetium is produced yearly, but only in small amounts. It possesses the ability to strengthen not only any item it is molded to, but also enhance any inherent abilities it holds and allows it to fix itself if it gets damaged. Due to it’s rarity and small volume it is usually used in smaller personal weapons and armor.
Thor – Lan Jue’s mecha. It’s specifics are unknown, but it is famed among Mecha-Pilots, and seems more than capable of handling itself in a fight. It is run by an AI that can be controlled locally or remotely by Lan Jue.
Mechas – Flying personalized combat vehicles piloted by certified Mecha-Pilots. They see wide-spread use in the New Era both commercially and militarily, thus the new era has been dubbed ‘The Mecha Epoch’.
Thor’s Promise – An enigmatic ring Lan Jue wears to his Skyfire Council meetings.
Power Gems – Power gems are natural occurances found together with other minerals, though very rarely. The functions of power gems vary, but they come in either single-use or multi-use variants of different qualities. S-ranked gems are the best, but are exceptionally hard to come across.
Harlequin Silver – A rare silvery metal that shines with all colors of the rainbow. Like technetium it is a superconductor of adept power.
Mundus Crystal – A very unique crystal that is able to absorb, purify, and increase any amount of energy that is channeled through it. No other crystal or power gem exists like it, so whoever controls the vein it came from, is a very rich person.
Adept/Talent – the term used for humans who have developed unique abilities. These abilities appear to be anything, from control over the elements to even power over time (though rare and in limited capacity). Each Alliance has a specialty in both the type of Adept and what powers they possess.
*-Ranked Mecha-Pilot – Mecha-Pilots appear to be separated in to a system of ranking from high numbers to low. Thus a Third-Ranked pilot is less accomplished than a First-Ranked. The highest known rank for pilots is known as God-Ranked, and only very few have ever been regarded as such (Lan Jue among them).
The Four Divine Monarchs – A title mentioned only in passing, all that is known about them is that Zeus counts himself among their number. It may also be that these Monarchs are all high-level adepts and God-Ranked Mecha-Pilots. It is later revealed Lan Jue’s brother is another Monarch, named Poseidon, as well as his friend Chu Cheng, a.k.a. Hades.
Intuitive – Adepts who were born with genetic Talent, which awakened naturally. They are the rarest of the Adepts, but possess limitless growth potential. The Eastern Alliance specializes in Intuitives.
Derivative – Talents who have had their genetic altered through medicines to strengthen or awaken their power. They are quicker to develop, but cannot reach the same heights as Intuitives. The Western Alliance is famed for their Derivatives and medicines for genetic manipulation.
Convert – Essentially a cyborg, the result of recombinant DNA manipulation and high-tech cybernetics. Like Derivatives they are relatively easy and quick to produce and train, but also are restricted by their technological components.
National Scholar – A particularly talented student chosen from amongst the ranks of Bachelors at the National Eastern University to engage in advanced studies.