The Classic World of Darkness is the setting for White Wolf's series of Storyteller games of gothic horror. Whereas the core games were all placed in a modern day setting, a number of RPGs and associated books were given historical settings in the same world.
The World of Darkness setting of 1466 is a dark mirror of the real world Renaissance. In this time of rapid cultural expansion, the World of Darkness books focus on the Mages, those humans with the power to shape reality to their will. As new ideas are spread rapidly across European civilisation, the very nature of reality is in the hands of these gifted individuals as they battle to enforce their world-view: traditional magick versus scholarly reason.