The Artificers are sometimes called ‘Mad Scientists”, especially by their critics. The designation is not entirely unwarranted. Artificers are the inventors of salvage tech, bizarre technology based on junk found in the underground and powered by the Radiance itself. Salvage tech is a magical science – it’s inventions cannot function in the World Above, since they are theoretically impossible. However, in the Underworld, the Radiance makes inventions not only possible, but allows Artificers to accomplish the impossible on a regular basis.
The side effect of working in this medium is that Artificers tend to be stark, raving mad. The members of the Guild argue that it is precisely this non-linear method of thinking that allows them to wrestle with the concepts necessary to construct salvage tech – Non-Artificers simply say that they’re crazy as loons, and their inventions work because they’re crazy enough to believe that they will. Despite salvage tech’s reliance on the Radiance for power, Artificers rarely practice magic in any other form.