marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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decisions, decisions

 Was wrestling with the technological capacities of a certain high-fantasy setting for a story still poking at an outline.  

Kings are necessary, but -- Dark Ages?  High MIddle Ages?  Rennaissance?  Ancien regime?  19th century?

Then a plot twist suggested that they have balloons.  Not as curiosities either -- a child suggests using them in a way that argues for their being common knowledge.  Which settles that.  (Trains?  Telegraphs?  What else will slither in and change things?)

And then I just have to wrestle with exactly how legitimate our tyrant-king is.  Certainly he's the sort who would take the throne by violence and treachery if necessary, but he might not need to. . . .
Tags: world-building: technology
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