The Shard takes place in a fantasy and science fiction univearse on the planet Tycarius that orbits in the Embarius System. The planet is inhabited by several anthropoidal races of fantasy such as humans, elves, dwarves, goblins, orks, trolls, ogres and golems. The world of Tycarius has after many millenuim of agrarian life has begun to industrilise. Certain cities in the world have constructed factories that are ran by the power of steam. The steam engine has come to radicalise the nature of sailing, as now ships do not require the wind to travel. For the first time in world history, manufactured goods are now mass-produced in great quantities. The main industrial power in the world is the Confederated KIngdoms of Albion which has become known as "the Workshop of the World." Other industrial powers include the Allied Duchies of Arconia, the Federal Republic of Arcadia, the Empire of Gralic and the Kingdom of Dasenland.
The world was once habited by a mysterious alien race known simply as the Forerunners. The Forerunners were an advanced race