The Twelve Walls of Agnusse Diah
Technology in Agnusse-Diah
One of the biggest differences between the Agnusse-Diah campaign setting I’ve created and traditional Dungeons and Dragons is that Agnusse-Diah has the use of technology. Technology is totally separate from magic in this universe—unlike in the Eberron campaign setting, technomancers (just a generic term for anyone who uses primarily technology, regardless of class) have very little crossover with magic users. That’s not to say spellcasters don’t employ technology in their day-to-day lives—just that they don’t use it for fighting or complicated tasks.
Agnusse-Diah’s technology is slightly less advanced than ours is—think late 80s-early 90s. They also try to keep non-powered mechanisms, like clocks or lever/pulley systems in use, mostly for tradition’s sake. Computers exist, as does a very rudimentary form of the internet (referred to as the CityGrid), but most people don’t have regular access to either of them. Household computers aren’t typically a thing because of expense, but there’s a place in every ring called the Port where people can go onto a heavily monitored version of the CityGrid. Very few people have cell phones, although they exist, but it’s fairly common to own a portable radio useful for communication—people can even pay for their own channel so that they can communicate with only their friends and family. Sometimes these radios are used as sorts of public forums, with people having citywide conversations.
Cars and trucks are also a thing in Agnusse-Diah, although most people take the city’s public transportation system, which is essentially an above-ground subway train. Firearms are available to any woman who passes a screening test and training program, but men can usually find a way to get them too (the tenth ring supposedly has a great black market for that sort of thing). Most people don’t feel they need guns, though, and policemen and guards on the walls are typically the main users of guns in the city.
How the City Sees Technology
Agnusse-Diah tends to view technology with caution, as it caused the End of the World 800 years ago. They have been extremely hesitant to advance their technology, and have only made what we would consider to be about 50-60 years of progress since the End. Technology usage and production is supposedly pretty heavily monitored, and it was really only in the last 500 years that people were legally able to use it in their day-to-day lives. So technology is something to be wary of, but it can also be utilized for a good cause.