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    Re: Literature in the Flanaess - Philosophy (Score: 1)
    by CruelSummerLord on Tue, May 24, 2005
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    Again, as I said, the problem of science and technology has to be handled, by default, differently in Oerth than in real life. How many dragons would be crushed under their own weight in real life, if they stood to their full height? How does one reconcile the properties of real-life physics with sorcery?

    Non-human races live below-ground; how far down could they go in our real world before they ran into the outer core of the planet? The ecological balance of our real world, with its limited number of high-end predators, is fragile enough-how many dragons, owlbears, gorgons, chimeras, rocs, purple worms, and other large predators could a planet handle if it was based on the same ecological principles ours is? Would long-lived creatures with small populations, like storm giants, be able to breed fast enough to form viable populations without resorting to inbreeding?

    In these cases, we have to suspend disbelief and the laws of physics to a certain extent. I personally like the idea of scientific progress being slow because...well, the normal rules of science don't apply in every case on Oerth. And in any case, I imagine gnomes are far ahead of any human populace in the development of technology.

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