Spirits by Gaslight
In a world where spirits exist and can be tapped for significant amounts of energy, a great variety of devices have been constructed to allow people – both Attuned and mundane – to take advantage of this. These devices make it possible for humans to do things better than they otherwise would by using spirit energy to impact the world around them. Collectively, the people of Spirits by Gaslight tend to refer to devices of this nature as spiritmech – a portmanteau of the words “spiritual” and “mechanism.”
Usually, spiritmech must be powered by captive spirits, and their use leeches away that spirit’s energy. This gradually grinds down the captive spirit until the device must be recharged with another power source (that is, the capture and installation of new spirit, which is generally referred to as ‘caging.’).
Spiritmech can be categorized into one of three groups: Gadgets, Grafts and Artifacts. The physical form of either could be anything, though it is often – though not always – connected to the device’s purpose. (It is common for devices that augment a person’s sight to take the form of spectacles or goggles, for example) For the purposes of classification, it is the power and spiritual presence of a device that determines into which category it falls.