I found this thing: http://kittyspace.org/leviathan0.html and I’m gonna play with it because I’m finding it instructional!
The technology in Reiassan is at roughly height-of-the-Roman-empire.
They have steel; primary weapons is a sword similar to a gladius.
Points of interest: saddles have stirrups, and are between a western saddle and an English – wider, heavier than an English but without the large pommel horn.
Items of tech needed in various scenes:
Tents (mostly ridge-style)
Chains! Chains, shackles, but an older style and a newer style.
Clothing (narrow loom), button-making (carving knives), metal casting
Bridges and barges, Erie-style goat-pulled and… hrrm. Not sure how else they get back UP the rivers. Bridge-building technology was a priority.
Mountain pass carving: how do they do that?
Building construction – so stonecutting, since they have very little wood in the mid-north.
They heat by mostly coal, bog peat and red sira; they use scrub wood and the wind-blasted bushes as fuel as well, since they’re not very good for lumber. They have mastered a well-drafting chimney; many houses and public spaces use a hypocaust-style heating system.
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