From publisher blurb:
Imagine an island, cut off from the rest of the world by a series of treacherous coral reefs. Imagine that the island was plagued by a war that lasted hundreds of years, only to be divided into provinces ruled by warlords. Imagine that as technology improved and advanced in the world outside, the island has remained much the same as it has always been. Now imagine that foreigners have brought the outside world to that island, and things have changed forever…This is the island of Rosuto-Shima, a place torn between honoring the old traditions and embracing new technology. The rulers of Rosuto-Shima’s eleven provinces have turned from open warfare to quiet competition, racing to develop improved technologies that will solidify and build the power of their province. It is a time of renaissance in Rosuto-Shima, but also a time of darkness. As more and more people turn to the new ways, the old ways are forgotten, and the old gods are not pleased. Unlike traditional fantasy settings, Steampunk Musha draws on East Asian mythology and history and combines aspects of several cultural traditions along with Victorian-era technology. The traditional Oriental setting is thrown into a roaring industrial age, where incredible new inventions contrast with ancient mysteries and restless spirits. High fantasy and science fiction clash and combine in the middle of the conflict between old and new, father and son, mechanical and spiritual.