During the Renaissance, visionary technomancers such as Galileo and Newton began to codify the laws of nature, incorporating the simple physical laws with the more esoteric rules that governed magic. In the 18th Century, the advancement of natural and unnatural philosophy was greatly accelerated by Faraday and Maxwell’s discovery of the “Faraday lines” that carry etheric energy across the landscape in a great criss-crossing pattern.
Prydain’s natural resources, combined with more Faraday lines than any other country in Europe propelled the country’s technomancy to levels unseen anywhere else in the world and led to the expansion of the tiny kingdom into a globe-spanning empire with outposts on every continent – Magna Prydain.
By 1840, early during the reign of Victoria, Queen and Empress, Maxwell Engines are powering great locomotives along the Faraday lines, enabling hundreds of miles to be covered in a single day, while others launch huge airships high into the atmosphere where they glide hundreds of miles before using a distant Faraday line as a landing field.
The population of Prydain has doubled in a handful of decades, with people from all over the world clustering into the great metropolis of London, centre of the world’s technomantic industries and home to three million souls. Aristocrats and captains of industry rub shoulders with foreign magi and spies while urchins scurry through the shadows, eking out a life of sorts.
Around the world, Prydani explorers forge paths through the wilderness – vying against native tribes resentful of colonial instrusion and the agents of rival realms and ensuring a steady flow of wealth, knowledge and prestige back to London and Her Imperial Majesty.