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10-15-2011 @ 8:27AM
The prevalence of magic in Azeroth doesn't preclude the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese more than a thousand years ago. Leonardo da Vinci sketched a conceptual flying machine 500 years ago. Both of these came in the midst of what we would now consider rather feudal or medieval. We've even got two races - gnomes and goblins - that are widely known for their emphasis on tinkering and building things. So no, it's not really outside the realm of possibility to have both advanced magic and advanced engineering/mechanics.
10-15-2011 @ 10:54AM
Don't forget the mechanical stuff ancient Romans were using. Everything from retractable roofs, to coin-operated dispensers to entire plays where everything was steam powered, the sets and the mechanical actors.Ancient Muslims, mean while, had fairly complex mechanics for irrigation.The Chinese have been piping in natural gas for cooking and heating for much longer than people realize.I think some forget that people from times past have roughly the same IQ and curiosity we have today.
10-15-2011 @ 12:39PM
If you watch the ancient aliens programs on the history channel (yeah I know it's TV) they have found some evidence and theorize that the Egyptians were using some form of electricity/batteries. Combine imagination with magic and physics and you could probably accomplish some pretty cool things. I say as long as it's already in game, advance it.
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