You may have recognized some of the names from the welcome page. In particular I was inspired by the movie Titan AE. and the idea of building a planet using an energy source that was both organized and sentient. I then moved the clock forward to a point where the world looked more like a traditional fantasy role playing world and tried to figure out how it got there. A basic Timeline gives the highlights of that transition.
In addition I am also trying to include a strong western feel to the campaign.
other points of inspiration include: