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Okay random idea that went too far again :P
with the latest issue addressing the fact that the high-tech world in Ryak-Lo, has rather low-tech communications. i figured i'd just do a little what-if sort of pic, of what might occur if real world communications existed within the manga.
the in-canon reason for crappy comms within the world, is a natural field that exists. thought to be tied to the same energies that magic users draw in to form spells. it's just something that is present, and poses no other problem, besides making long range signals difficult (there's not even any traditional TV in the world either) so communications devises are big, bulky things that require a lot of power to run, and are most commonly found in homes or vehicles. no teeny mobile devices.
the real world reason behind the lack of mobile/cells etc. is i personally think for the type of adventure ryak-lo is.will continue to be. easy communications gives a bit too much freedom. sending a quick text "oph btw the bad guys are coming for you" takes away from the peril somewhat.
also having something like this, i think helps keep the mixed-genre balance in order, maintaining the fantasy-scifi ratio.
while making this, i was sort of working with the idea of 'what would they look like if they had other things to entertain them besides fighting and adventuring.' with apps and games and the like taking up their time, would they have time or drive to be off fighting villains and such? :P