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What is Return of Aetheria?

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Presented by the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, Return of Aetheria is back with an exciting new instalment – Return of Aetheria: Rise of Nether. Team up with Roxxy, the champion of Spirit, to help save Aetheria from the evil Espir and Nether!

Return of Aetheria incorporates aspects of alternate and augmented reality together through its story and methods of game play. This is presented to players through a variety of technology, from simple card games to huge touchscreen tables and even an immersive Oculus Rift experience. Players take part by solving puzzles, playing games, and seeking out clues all in the attempt to progress through the story and further their scores to win awesome prizes.

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What began in 2013 as a partnership between the School of Informatics and Computing and the various gaming conventions of Indianapolis, Return of Aetheria has flourished into the Media Arts & Science game production class, giving more students a chance to experience the process of making a game. Through the MAS game production class, students from different practices such as 3D and 2D art and design, audio, game design, video, and communications, come together to craft an ambitious, innovative game and gain real-world experience at the same time.

Story

Student Aetheria Artwork

The War

Return of Aetheria: War of Realms ended with the Earth Realm in a state of chaos. What began as a conflict between Roxxy and Nereida over the right for Earth to wield, or be banned from, the use of magical power resulted in a war that escalated faster than either anticipated. Espir, who all along deceived players into helping him reopen a portal to Aetheria, worked to push the conflict to the extreme. The chaos of the resulting battles allowed Espir to stabilize a portal to the Great Beyond, a nightmarish realm inhabited by the shadowy being, Nether. After manipulating both forces in the war, Espir succeeding in bringing all champions of Aetheria into a single battlefield. Here he cast a spell of corruption, binding all champions to him so they would obey his will…all except the spirit champion, Roxxy. Now Nereida, Sun Wujie, Ah’Kin, and Irisi, once elemental champions of Aetheria who fought to preserve and protect [something or other], fight alongside Espir and Nether as minions of chaos.

Student Aetheria Artwork

A Force Of Evil

Nether is a being as ancient as Aetheria herself. Where Aetheria creates and provides the life force within all living beings, Nether is the opposition. He is a being of pure evil, fueled by destroying and consuming life, such as the kind found plentifully in Aetheria, as well as on Earth. However, Nether has not yet passed into Aetheria, as the gateway to his realm is not yet strong enough to allow him through. But he is coming, and his arrival will result in the end of everything we have known. For now he is sealed away in Great Beyond, using Espir as his puppet in the realms he cannot yet enter. Though Nether is not yet in Aetheria, his presence can be felt throughout the land, with the lands twisting and changing, the creatures becoming more aggressi ve and dangerous, and the once-proud champions of Aetheria now sowing chaos in the name of their new dark master.

Will you be our next champion?

The world of Aetheria lies in ruins, and if Nether continues his path of destruction, our world will surely be next. It is up to you to save the once beautiful world of Aetheria and restore peace to the land. Join the fight! Master your element! Help us defeat Espir, destroy Nether, and take back the realm of Aetheria!

Students


Year Three



Year Two

April Plaiss, AJ Shannon, Samantha Kempf, Alyse McMiller, Tiffani Stuart, Vinnie Vu, Sean Yager, Kevin Trehan, Asa Blevins, Kara Commons, Wen Krogg, Andrew Lowery, Samantha Timmermann, Mustafa Al-Hassani, Adrian Ellis, Thomas Conway, Kyle Loy, Jake Sankari, Trevor Jarrett, Andrew Allbright, Emily Anderson, Steve Balchan, Terri Gast, Joshua Luke, Jordan Miller, Kelsey Raczak, Matt Write, Nathan Cripe, Austin Coglianese, Cody Claborn, Cody “Koki” Meyer, RJ Finch (U.P.H.D.), Elspeth Eastman, Robert Lastinger, Brittnee Thompson, Prof. Zebulun Wood, MS, Bobby Giles, Nathan Pike, Andy Webb, Peng Wu, Sarah Zajac

Year One

Katherine Steele, Brat Conway, Bekah Crowmer, Staci Dartis, Josh Eckert, Stephanie Hii, Kevin Jackson, Alyse McMiller, AJ Shannon, Sean Yager, Stacia Lowery, Brat Conway, Adam Glasscock, Robert Lastinger, Frank Mousette, Brendon Steele, Kathryn Steele, Elspeth Eastman, Brittnee Thompson, Claire Blarth, Nathan Cripe, Travis Dickens, Spencer Flasch, Robyn Hart, Joy Smith, RJ Finch, Matt White, John Lee Burns, Brat Conway, Wesley Fulkerson, Trevor Jarrett, Jordan Miller, Mustafa Al-Hassani, Brat Conway, Robert Lastiger, Brat Conway, David Ewers, Adam Glasscock, Brian Kelley, Robert Lastinger, Kim Melluck, Robin Catania, Kara Commons, Nathan Cripe, Jessica Davenport, Andrew Lowery, James Meltzer, Dustin Ostrum, Don “Paco” Paquette III, Wen Krogg, Kevin Trehan, Adam Glasscock, John Lee Burns



Sponsors


Year Three

SOIC-IUPUI, Stafa Al-Hassani, Rio Grande Games


Year Two

Paradox Interactive AB, Bonefish Grill, Slugfest Games, Tethys Interactive, llc, ISG, USG, Joe Defazio


Year One

Ali Baba’s Café, Bandi Namco Games, Bonefish Grill, City Yoga, Dejobaan Games, Devolver Digital, Drinkbox Studios, Evanced Games, Frozenbyte, Gamers Guild, IDW Publishing, Klei, Paradox Interactive, RPG Games, SEGA, Steve Jackson Games, Sun King Brewery, They Bleed Pixels, YoYo Games