I'm doing the prequel to my last year's, after it became more and more clear that I was telling the middle of a story in which the beginning really needed to be told. Oh, and the world has developed substantially since last year, so ...
Anyway. Setting reminiscent of c.1900-1910 in our world. Steamships. Railways. Dreadnoughts. Rifles. However, this is a post-apocalyptic world; about two thousand years ago, there was an event that changed reality itself. Things that we would consider magic are possible in this world, since that point. Remnants of the high-tech world of the Time Before still remain, though — wreckage, mostly, but here and there, enough to build upon. They have been.
The culture that most of my characters come from is that. Reconstructionists. They aim to recapture the glories of the Time Before, and are not necessarily that aware that this is now impossible; the very laws of reality differ from then.
Against them, the cultures of the New Way, who embrace the new magic and shun the technology of those former times, considering anything that smacks of the Time Before a risk of causing another cataclysm — because, it seems, whatever did it was done by humans, and probably in war.
Neither is right, of course. It's human nature, not technology, that made the cataclysmic event happen, and doing it again is probably just as easy with the new was with the old. However, recreating lost glories of the past is fruitless, too.
edited 28th Oct '10 12:31:03 AM by Morven
A brighter future for a darker age.