The Age of Man
Magic and Technology
The Erathin Empire is truly dedicated to scholarship, and this has resulted in the rapid advance of magic and technology. Much like the Eberron setting, low level magic is quite ubiquitous, as are the fruits of technology like alchemy, astronomy, and artifice. There are many craftsman who can produce items like a box capable of cooling the items within it, or high end clothing that remains clean regardless of weather. These steampunk style devices are readily available in cities, but the further out of the center of the empire you get, the less likely you are to find them.
The three capitals all have Universities dedicated to the study of the various magical and technological disciplines, and even those in distant settlements can take entrance exams administered by proctors who travel throughout the empire looking for students. Scholarships and grants from the Empire insure that anyone with the talent is able to attend such courses.