Although realistically, batteries and devices that use them are unique to each bastion, certain rules are in place to make a techan game actually fun.
—Bastion batteries are compatible with other bastion batteries. Mann and Sierra Madre would be exceptions. There is no way they would sell other bastion batteries and their technology cannot use any other bastion cells.
—Buying a lower TL item from a higher TL bastion still counts as the lower TL item. Further, the item is exactly the same in mechanics (though not necessarily in looks) as if the item was purchased from a lower TL bastion (or anywhere else for that matter). A TL2 weapon from Selkirk works and is built exactly the same way as a TL2 weapon from Mann. This applies to disruption rules, repairs, and when applying craft skills to the item.

Although the future of Earth resembles the ancient landscape of fantasy, medieval it is not. The push for survival did not retard progress, even in the echan disruptions of the outside world. Those building the first cities after gatefall, even ones outside of the first fledging bastions, still possessed enough talent to build insulated housing and glass windows. Basic tools, even those with moving parts, still operated. Most of all, the knowledge from thousands of years of trial and error remained. The armor of today is lighter, stronger, and more maneuverable than the armor of legend. Swords are sharper and more balanced. Prevented from developing electricity and complicated machines based on chemicals and combustion, many survivors delved into new areas, pioneers in ulterior paths of development previously considered obsolete with the onset of the industrial revolution. Armor continued its progress to perfection. The arrow found itself lighter, flying longer, straight and true. Some preferred the mass production of cheap armaments for the masses and antique designs still found use in communities with a large expendable population. For the average traveler, their investment in their defense depended on their location and the length of time on the voyage. Many simply preferred hiring those with the training, already equipped for such tasks. Hired swords often sought out the best weapons, needed to offset their lack of numbers against less equipped raiders wishing to prey on them. This is common, especially in Canam, where paths and roads constantly fall under attack from the spawn races like kobolds and goblins. When the pagus began striking from the north, they first emerged tribal and primitive. Alas, over the course of only a few decades, their attacks have grown increasingly skilled and devious. They have also been wearing improved armor and wielding greater weapons.

Simultaneously, bastions employed their advanced expertise to weave better clothes and forge better armor. Eventually, some learned the value of these exports outside their walls. Though they almost always prohibited selling their weapons and technology, those items immune to EDF quickly were found fetching a stiff price from the quality sellers in echa. This resulted in a torrent of new items only from bastion export, a way to boost the economy of growing cities. The process to create these items necessitated the use of bastion knowledge and machinery, methods only replicated where the EDF was low or virtually nonexistent. Markets appeared to sell these items for unreasonable amounts, as bastions could control their export and price. Bastions like Angel and especially York turned this into a substantial financial windfall as the very money turned in (gold, silver, and platinum) could be employed by the city in industry rather than using a barter system. EDF-immune bastion exports found their way across the echan countryside, employed by almost every manner of individual, though often enough only held by human hands. Many fey, especially laudenians and chaparrans, despise these items, while damaskans and gimfen own them as often as humans. Obviously, they are seldom ever seen in the hands of the non-human menaces wandering the lands, though scavenging has occurred.

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