The Brothers Grim
Science and Magic
Eighty years ago, the great occultist-technician Da Vinci created the first clockwork man. By binding the soul of a sacrificed creature to a mechanical body he gave it the capacity to think and learn, talents not possessed by the magi-mechanical clockwork automata that preceded it. Unconstrained by the limits of frail flesh and mindless automata, Da Vinci's creations drove an industrial revolution of steam, clockwork and arcane magics.
In more recent years airships and simple black powder weapons have become more common, to the point where they are accessible to wealthy commoners as well as the nobility. Though airships are still slow and unreliable, and flintlock muskets twice so, these wonders of technology are available to a mercenary willing to embrace the bleeding edge of technology.
The barbarian Celts to the West have not embraced these technologies, relying on the same smithing and spellcraft of their ancestors, and whilst the Orientals from the East were quick to embrace the technology of the clockwork man they never adapted it to industry and retain their honour-based feudal culture.