Originally Posted by thaddeus6th
Aye, I agree with Miss Lyle as well.
Incidentally, Miss Lyle, what sort of tech level does your first book have?
That's Mrs Lyle to you, sonny!
The humans have the level of technology you'd expect for the late 16th century. The skraylings have an aptitude for chemistry and pharmacology that gives them some highly advanced technology such as chemoluminescents, but in other respects they are at a similar tech level to the most advanced Native American civilisations who are their neighbours (basically Neolithic verging on Bronze Age). I was partially inspired in this by the Ancient Egyptians, who had some surprisingly sophisticated skills (faking precious metals and gems) early in the Bronze Age.
I admit there's a certain amount of handwaving on the tech side - but that's one of the reasons it's fantasy, not SF. I try to make it believable but I don't poke into the scientific detail too much. I'm writing for fun!