The year is 1897. As the European Enlightenment extends its influence ever farther throughout the world, those who seek to avoid hard labor in the mills or conscription into the war against the Automaton Empire have taken to the sky.
While many who travel the world in dirigibles are outlaws and pirates, others simply strive to make an honest living from their work. The crew of the airship Aether are one such company, but they can't outrun their past and no matter where they turn, the Enlightenment's agents are close behind. As conditions grow more desperate and the shadows behind the airship lengthen, it becomes evident that the Aether's occupants won't be able to set foot safely on land again until the foundations of the Enlightenment itself crumble.
Cogs, a romance of steampunk dystopia, is a chronicle of the Aether crew's adventures in the form of an episodic roleplaying game.