Ar-Pharazon wrote:I just thought it would be a plausible explanation for the lack of technology and infrastructure.
I don't know if it's at all plausible, but a way to present a future world/society without electronic gadgetry without having to change the fundamental laws of physics would be for that society to voluntarily (or through coercion/propaganda) choose to abandon technology - with or without a Solemn Oath.
That could introduce some dramatic conflict in this particular scenario of selib's.
His travelers, young impressionable provincials, set out to explore the "Old Places" against the wishes of parents/peers/authority figures, and encounter barbarous peoples even further removed from civilization as we know it, iconoclastic technomads utilizing what remnants of technology they can find or invent themselves, militaristic factions embroiled in mini arms races as they scavenge for stockpiles of weapons, etc.
Of course, this has all been done to death and then some. selib has his work cut out for him if he actually intends to mine something original from this seemingly exhausted premise.