Created By: TheBorderPrince on June 1, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 6, 2012

Enlightenment Punk

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Enlightenment Punk can easiest be described as the missing link between Clock Punk and Steam Punk. While the former genre assumes that the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci actually somehow worked as planned, do the later assume that the same is true about the crazy machines that show up in the works by Jules Verne.

There is a quite vague border between this trope and Clock Punk, usually somewhere in the early 1600s. The border to Steampunk tend to be more easily defined, with the Industrial Revolution as the border. All the fancy machines is usually powered by how people understood the laws of physics back then.

Magnetism, perpetual motion engines and the new-fashioned "electrical" fire probably is power sources together with the older and more tried steam-engine. Goes by the alternate name of Lace Punk because of the clothes of the period...

Fantasy versions, which maybe should be an trope of its own, like Gaslamp Fantasy, involve Hollywood Voodoo, the Church, various occult movements and the Ancient Conspiracy or two that tend to crop up in this time-period...

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • June 1, 2012
    Arivne
    I took it upon myself to edit this for spelling and incorrect markup. Sorry, my inner Spelling Nazi took me over. :)

    @The Border Prince/OP: if you Wiki Word a trope name (e.g. ClockPunk), you don't have to put curly brackets around it too (e.g. {{ClockPunk}}).
  • June 1, 2012
    aurora369
    Seventh Sea is a Tabletop RPG built around this trope.
  • June 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Bad name. I thought it meant a world where almost everyone gets spiritual enlightenment.
  • June 1, 2012
    Jordan
    The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson is a definite example. Stephenson is a cyberpunk writer, and takes that sensibility to this era in the way William Gibson did for the Victorian era in The Difference Engine (thereby inventing steampunk). There isn't too much punky in terms of tech, although there are some ancient punchcards, which would probably qualify.
  • June 2, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Seems like an unnecessary split.
  • June 2, 2012
    animeg3282
    I'm a splitter, so I think the graduation is good just as long as there's examples.
  • June 2, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    I think this is where Assassin's Creed II would fit, although I dunno how Punk-y it is. I would say the setting is inaccurate enough to at least warrant it.
  • June 3, 2012
    aurora369
  • June 3, 2012
    fulltimeD
    @animeg3282

    Are you a splitter for the sake of splitting or are you a splitter when a proposed trope actually is significantly distinct to stand on its own?
  • June 5, 2012
    TheBorderPrince
    I suggested the split because I think it fall in between the two other tropes and could work on its own.

    • Clock Punk is all about art and handcrafted experimental devices, Steam Punk is Science and Steampowered Industrialy created devices. This trope, whatever it's name becomes, tend to have have both science and feature various experimental devices.
      • The different esthetics of each punk is also an eyecatcher: Clock=Reanisance, Enlightement=Baroque&Roccoco, Steam=Victorian.
      • Enlightement Punk could be suggested as the name for the Fantasy version... (Compare Gaslamp Fantasy to Steampunk...)
  • June 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    So it's a blend of the two, possibly in a different time period, as well.
  • June 5, 2012
    TheBorderPrince
    Basically, yes. They are from different timeperiods and the technology is created differently. It is beutifly handmade one of a kind prototypes. Often decorated with Baroque/Roccoco ornaments and such.
  • June 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    We have three examples so far.
  • June 5, 2012
    zarpaulus
    Considering how one of the oft cited traits of Punk Punk is romanticism it might be less confusing to call it something like "Renaissance Punk"
  • June 5, 2012
    TheBorderPrince
    Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot's steam tractor could count as a real-life example of the trope.

    Also, if examples from the back-story of Girl Genius counts... The Muses belonging to the Storm King.

  • June 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    The tractor should be linked.
  • June 6, 2012
    TheBorderPrince
    One link to a 1771 French steam tractor is comming up...

    Naming it after a suitable time-period sounds like an good idea, but specificly the Rennaissaince tend to be more Clock-Punk...
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