Two words about two letters etc.

Thu Jan 9 07:09:04 PST 2003

On Wed, 2003-01-08 at 14:12, Andrew Lias wrote:
> >From: Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU>

> >If I was an architect I'd argue that
> >steel/elevators/skyscraper design technology is equivalent (in effect if 
> >not quite in aesthetics) to the magic behind (below) Castle Black - 
> >including its unfortunate vulnerabilities.
> Again, I think that's a stretch.  By the same token, however, Dragaeran's 
> don't have skyscrapers, which may indicate certain limits to their own 
> technologies (or may simply indicate aesthetic preferences). 

It may also be indicative of their needs.  We didn't have sky-scrapers
until we had huge citys.  We didn't have huge citys until we started the
industrial revolution.  The Empire didn't have an Industrial revolution,
and due to their sorcery based technology, I don't think they're likely
to have one.  Instead you have a few citys that are good centers of
trade, especially with people outside the Empire.  And you of course
have the royal court in one of those cities.  But other than that, most
of the population is out in farmlands farming, or sitting in their
estate manors watching over the farmers.  You don't have the huge amount
of people all trying to live in a very small area that helped lead our
sky scrapers.