The late 1800s, "The Gilded Age," was an age of invention. The telephone, the light bulb, cameras, motors, and many others were all invented during this time period. In my novel, inventors are referred to as "Tinkers." Tinkers create devices not just for society, but also for the guilds, who fight the evil Abominations. My good friend Jason made some artwork for me, as I struggle to create a decent stick figure. Here is a Tinker:
Of course, the guilds want to snap up as many Tinkers as they can, since the guild with the best gadgets will reap the greatest bounties. At Crimsonfall, Tinkers wear this patch on their uniforms.
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