Orbis Aerden is a fictional world with a Gothic Victorian backdrop. Along with the standard elements that were present in the real Victorian era, such as the gothic aesthetics and the overall state of the civilization, this setting incorporates medieval tropes. Armor and swords are still heavily employed, and electricity, as well as the steam engine, are still in embryonic levels of research as their advancement is hindered by dark forces whose interests lie against such inventions. As such, horses, carriages, and ships are the main means of transportation, and lighting depends mostly on oil and gas lamps. Gunpowder and firearms are also a recent invention, with guns being a somewhat uncommon sight due to their still experimental state and expensive price. Nevertheless, scientific fields like medicine, psychiatry, architecture, and engineering have evolved normally, some even further than one would expect for this “dark age”.