To me it's just the opposite... about science and magic.
1- magic caster are a "higher" class in the society, that may hold status by power.
2- low people goes to depend on magic casters... and it's often a problem
3- science motive : give knowlegde to everybody, versus the secretive culture of magic
Even in a world with magic, except if the magic is used by every one, regardless his class, name, or anything else, the science goes strong, and maybe faster than another.
Indeed, the will of science is to understand world, but in those world, science would like to emulate magic power with no magic.
I mean, giving people an easier way of life, without the need for them to learn magic (that is always a long course).
If science had been inhibitated by magic, why make ship or forge? every body learn magic, and everybody is on his own with magic uses.
There is already a technologic level in medfan worlds. And i 1000 years, medfan worlds will be our, with magic.
We just don't see the technology in medfan because it's a far past that seems uncivilized for us. But it is not.
And it has already made several researches, and several scientific discoveries... that shall not be the lasts.
My only question is why people would stop to develop technology while a sorcerer can throw you a dead shot spell? I wanna dead shot him too! Create a gun for me! I'm not powerful enough!
And In FL, with the problem of Zygofer in Alderland, I realy consider that they feel the need for developping a strong offensive technology.
Your ideas are great!
I was wondering about forbiding magic in alderland, regarding the Zygofer rebelion. You comfort me in my view of this question
In addition, i find that there is already some technological evolution dropped in the FL.
I'm thinking mainly about the floating ballon (travel event . 16).
But I don't want the dwarves to have all the mastercrafting in science.
My fuuuull dream would be human develop science, and goblins rise powder/mechanics science to a higher level.
To me goblins are the kin that is the closest to the human : selfish, opportunist, egoist, adpatable, smart, etc.
They would be likely to share a lot with them when they will realize that they could keep many benefits from this exchange, and gain respect from other kins... To me they are the kin that could be the link between humans and non humans.