Sir Equius Zahhak was once a legendary knight of extraordinary strength. However, when his duty called on him to serve as an executioner, he turned his back on his lord and retreated into the mountains to become an inventor and blacksmith. With his knowledge of armor, he forged power gauntlets and a bow that he could put back together every time it snapped between his overly powerful fingers.
In this universe, steam power (much like nuclear power) was invented during war that destroyed the earth’s surface. Thus, people created great engines to lift islands of arable land into the sky. This resulted in two classes of people: those who live on the sky islands and those who power the steam engines that keep it afloat. Body modification with steam-powered accessories has become the norm to help people survive with their minimal resources.
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