Over the last twenty four to forty eight hours I've been putting some thought into the Judges Guilds Wilderlands of High Fantasy & The City State of the Invincible Overlord. Or at least my version of it. And its been squinting through the lens of Michael Moorcock's Hawkmoon that has my mind roiling with the possibilities. What I'm speaking of is the idea that part of the Wilderlands background & history has a science fantasy element within it's history.
Yeah me too folks! Personally it reminds me of the anime Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust and yes this should echo back to Ralph Bakshi's Wizard's instead. But indulge me here. And I'll explain why in a moment..
Liches, vampire lords or ladies, etc. are the only immortals who are going to be long lived enough to have such technological or occult technological trinkets around. Perhaps their state are a reward by their demonic overlords. So if these technological toys of another age are seen as the 'toys of royalty'. Then perhaps there's a deeper & darker connection between the lords of the undead & the royals of this Wilderlands. The idea here being that the knowledge of these technologies is now the lore of the dead and those of the past. Royals must pay in kind to the undead who can tell them how such baubles work.
And this reminds me a bit of the technos PC class from the Dave Hargrave's Arduin book seven 'Shadowlands'.
And what about the occasional starship that falls from the sky? Well there in is another area where adventurers come into play. Royals never put themselves at risk.