Hello! I have a bit of a question. I'm working on writing a fantasy world where there's magic and technology- I've got a few domains set up, and I'm tending to have a bit of trouble with the tech level of the mixed domains. I have an area that's technically a mixed domain, but the tech and magical aspects are heavily segregated- no guns in magic areas, no magic in tech areas, etc... Could I get some help with this? I could easily explain the levels of segregation if you wanted me to.
“Okay, essentially I have a world where there’s magic and technology. Some areas prefer magic, while others prefer technology. In book, these areas are classified into domains. Naturally, magical domains have magic and little to no modern technology, while technological domains have futuristic technology but no magic. The issue I’m wondering about is in regards to the mixed domains- I have no idea how much magic or technology is right in areas- the only thing I really know is that there’s magic, and the technological level is on par with modern day earth. I don’t want one side or the other to be more dominant, if it’s at all feasible to balance it.”
Constablewrites: The “prefer” makes it sound like these rules are set by people rather than being some sort of law of nature. Which means the balance point is wherever those characters plausibly want it to be. Maybe they’re okay with some types of magic but not others. Maybe they forbid weapons tech but are okay with anything that doesn’t hurt people. Maybe it’s more about resources and it’s just about what someone is able to get their hands on.
Werew: One way to limit is to make the two mutually exclusive. The Harry Potter world used that; it was explained briefly that too much magical energy totally screws up electricity, making it impossible to have functional electronics in a place like Hogwarts. Maybe something like that could work on a sliding scale. Maybe there could even be enforcers in mixed areas that keep magic users under certain regulations so all the tech doesn’t randomly shut down?
Another way would be to tie the ability for magic to function to regions; maybe the ones that are tech-heavy are that way because outside magical energy isn’t accessible in that area.
Synth: Or link it to the people who live there. Can just about anyone use magic in some form, or is it limited to a subset of the population? If it isn’t just anybody who can sling magic around, are those who can do so likely to hang out pretty exclusively with other magic-users? Do techies shun the mages? If both the magic- and tech-users are likely to hang out with only their own kind and possibly be a bit mistrusting/wary of the other, that’s another way of keeping magical and technological areas sort of separated.