Scenes from the Italian Renaissance
circa 15th century A.D.
The Renaissance was an era that, among other things, was defined by the rediscovery of the ideas of Antiquity. This setting explores how the world might change if this included the rediscovery of magic.
Widespread knowledge of magic was lost around the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire. These Dark Ages lasted for centuries, culminating in the Black Death (ca. 14th century). The exact beginning of the Renaissance is not a matter of consensus among historians but it is rapidly approaching its heights in the 15th century, when the story takes place.
in particular may be regarded as the heart of the Italian Renaissance. Its patrons, the Medici
, command vast sums of wealth which they leverage heavily to fund the artistic endeavors that characterize the period, further consolidating their own power and status as major players on the world stage. One project of particular interest for the present story is the Platonic Academy
, an association of the brightest minds of the Renaissance headquartered at the Villa Medici at Careggi
. Here, scholars are free to pursue the study of various texts recovered from the ruins of Antiquity and further their research into Alchemy, Astrology, and Theurgy, the "three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe."