Darker days approach. Pandora faces newfound terrors as the return of magic spells the doom of this world. Nations and greater Empires set their eyes on their neighbors and battle on seas, skies and land as the expansive New World beckons and tempts with all of its land and riches. All the while, whispers of the Black Serpent, a terrifying being from the Dark Times, strike fear into people's hearts and minds with prophecies of its return.
The world of Pandora is set in a dirty steampunk-ish universe, perhaps slightly more modernized than most steampunk settings. In some ways it's better reminiscent of a teslapunk setting.
The world itself is dark and unforgiving; featuring plague, rebellion, war and the newly returned mysteries of magic and its effects on the world. People cling onto religion as the prospects of modern sciences begin to challenge their beliefs, and the ever-growing advancement of technology enables the world's inhabitants with fear and intrigue as to how this might affect the larger picture.
Rumours of magic, witches and other supernatural occurrences are pushed aside as nothing but peasant superstition, because it is now time for scientific enlightenment and logic to reign.