Story Mode in Rivals of Aether features 7 main chapters, focusing on the stories of Maypul, Forsburn, Zetterburn, Orcane, Wrastor, and finally Kragg, with the final chapter revealing the true antagonist of Aether; the Gatekeepers.
The first six chapters can be played in any order, as the events of each are intertwined with one-another. The final chapter, however, occurs after the first six chapters, and as such is played last.
The board members of the Water Trading Company are furious that the Air Armada has destroyed their flagship and constantly pillages their trade routes.
They hatch a plan to infiltrate the Air Armada and bring it down once and for all. However, there is only one creature in Merchant Port that can breach Armada defenses: Orcane.
An elusive trickster, Orcane steals from the WTC and gives to the underpaid Company workers. However, the Chairman announces that they will bargain with the notorious thief.
Battle 1 - Kragg
The Chairman knows Orcane's fondness for the poor fisherman Nesbit and his granddaughter. Nesbit's low wages are barely enough to put food on the table.
The Chairman appears at the docks and offers a feast for Orcane's adopted family. However, in exchange, the family must convince Orcane to do the bidding of the WTC.
But the savvy Nesbit bargains for more: a yearly feast for all of the workers of Mercahnt Port, one day of holiday each week, and representation at WTC board meetings.
The Chairman frowns. It is a steep bargain, but he is forced to agree.
Battle 2 - Forsburn
Nesbit's granddaughter is the only one who can convey the plan to Orcane. The water creature agrees; he will do anything to help his adoptive family.
Using his mysterious water powers to sneak into the Armada through an unguarded sink, Orcane sniffs his way through the airship, seeking the WTC's stolen goods.
Battle 3 - Maypul
Suddenly, Orcane happens upon a strange scene. He spies the Air Armada's commander selling the Chairman's goods, worth millions, in exchange for a single scroll.
This is no ordinary scroll. It's a shimmering, shifting map illustrating the weak points in the defense of every civilization across the surface of Aether.
Battle 4 - Zetterburn
Distracted by this newfound intrigue, Orcane is startled by the appearance of Wrastor and Bradshaw. The two wingmen are amazed to find a water dweller inside the Armada.
Wrastor, ever the hot head, shoves his wingman to the side and challenges the water creature to close-quarters combat!
Battle 5 - Wrastor
Orcane defeats Wrastor and leaps out of the Air Armada ship, the Chairman's goods in tow. He returns with his loot to Merchant Port, only to find his beloved docks in flames!
Quickly he sweeps Nesbit's grand-daughter to safety and puts out the flames. He learns that Merchant Port was attacked by a mad Fire general on a senseless rampage.
Orcane sniffs out the trail of the fire creature and follows it west, leaving his home in the water once again.
Kragg's life is slow and meditative. His people, the Wallbuilders, devote their entire lives to maintaining the great Rock Wall. They alone wield the power to manipulate great masses of stone.
Most Wallbuilders are born on the Wall and will circle the whole Aetherian Forest three times during their lifetimes, never setting foot on the ground below.
Battle 1 - Zetterburn
One day Kragg comes upon a huge breach in the Northern Wall. He has never seen such destruction, and he fears what threat might have entered the Forest.
Battle 2 - Orcane
Kragg summons the rocks to begin repairing the wounded Wall: a laborious process. He must heal it quickly to protect the precious Aetherian Forest from outside threats.
Suddenly, the unthinkable happens: Kragg is attacked from INSIDE the wall.
Battle 3 - Forsburn
Kragg's rock-bound mind can barely process what he sees. The Great Wall was made to protect the Treetop Dwellers - but now one of them is mounting an assault from within!
Battle 4 - Wrastor
Outraged, Kragg steps down off the Wall for the first time in his life to confront this Treetop traitor: Maypul, vigilante of the Forest. Meanwhile, bystanders gather...
The Treetop dwellers see only Kragg trespassing on the Forest Floor to attack one of their own. Outraged, they vow retaliation on their former allies, the Wallbuilders.
Battle 5 - Maypul
To Kragg's amazement, the purple Treetop Dweller vanishes. Mayreed, younger sister of Maypul, approaches and drops a letter to the Forest Floor.
The letter explains that the shadowy warrior couldn't have been the real Maypul, because she left moons ago to find the source of the strange purple disease in the Forest.
Kragg realizes that the only way to protect his beloved Wall and Forest is to leave them. Mayreed sends Lily with Kragg to help him track down Maypul on her quest...