Introduction/Technology of El-Hazard


El-Hazard technology is almost like a contradiction on itself. At one glance, El-Hazard seems like a futuristic world and at the next, it seems like a backward land.

Technology is very much present in El-Hazard. Hovercraft vehicles fly across the land. Soldiers carry laser weaponry to protect their lands. The Eye of God, one of the ultimate marvels of engineering and technology, hangs in the sky as a constant reminder of technical skills.

On the flip side of that spectrum, there are no phones, radios, or televisions. No personal computers or CD players. No microwaves or refrigerators. I mean... What the &^%*! How can a civilization develop such complex machines and yet fail to also create the luxuries that our civilization takes for granted.

To answer that question, one only has to look to the past. Indeed, it would seem most likely that most of the technology the current El-Hazardians use is probably derivative of the same technology that the ancient El-Hazardians used. Most likely, the current civilization studied the relics of those devices and created technology using or based on the same principles.

But wouldn't there have been relics of ancient TV's and Radios as well? Possibly, but those artifacts may still be buried or even worse, completely destroyed. One must remember that the ancient El-Hazardians were embroiled in a bloody and very long war. Most likely, almost all of the final technological advances were developed in ending or shortening that war.

If one studies the current technological abnormalities that the current El-Hazardian civilizations have, most are based off some sort of weapon or idea that would be useful in a war. Flying vehicles, lasers, etc. These were probably very plentiful in the past and thus finding an ancient relic of such technology would not be very hard.

As for the luxury technology, most likely that was destroyed along with the ancient cities during the final cataclysmic battles. Most likely, the few relics that remain were from crashed warplanes and weaponry from the few remaining bands of soldiers who survived. From that point on, it seems that all that was left was to rebuild and to use what little technology they had left to make some advances back to their previous greatness.

Portions of this page originally belonged to The Wanderers' Guide to El-Hazard: The Magnificent world, co-authored by Jason Bertovich (Makoto) and Aaron Ziegler (Spanner).

The original page is no longer available on-line.
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