As sometimes happens with us creative types I had thoughts flooding my mind keeping me awake. They were sparked by the work I’d done earlier on steam engines and trains and what I’d read while preparing the work. In short, I got ideas.
One thing that occurre to me is the fact that on Ærth while internal combustion isn’t possible chemically, it would appear that it is possible magickal. That means that it is possible to have magickal internal combustion engines. Though what with magick being rather limited in it’s availability magickal engines are going to be correspondingly rare and correspondingly expensive. Which in turn means that such as internal combustion vehicles such as automobiles, trucks,buses and even aircraft are going to be rare.
And then it struck me that external combustion engines are possible, and what is a jet turbine but an external combustion engine? Which gives you turbine cars and turbine aircraft, you just need further technological development and the incentive to pursue it.
And then it occured to me that such development is most apt to make life better for mortals across the board regardless of species, and that in turn means that Ærth in turn would be able to support a higher population, regardless of what Ærth’s deities think of the matter.
So I’m thinking that on Advanced Ærth you could have a population of some 2 billion people even if it does give some gods conniptions. And with 2 billion souls you get effectively 20 million casters and maybe a couple hundred thousand mages and priests.
And this all means that magick is that much more common and available, which further means that people are going to be more comfortable with it and use it more often. It may even result in people being more open to being able to use castings meaning a higher percentage of the population who can.
You get right down to it, it mean substantial changes in the world and a very different look and feel. But it’s not very likely it’s not going to really be anything like ours, for this Ærth will still have some substantial differences with our Earth.
So I’ve given you some of my thinking on this matter. Not exactly indepth, but it could be developed further. For your part how you handle it, should you decide to, is up to you. Though think of what it might be like for the pilot of a jet plane to have to be diverted due to a flight of carpets that have gone off course.