Agriculture and Industry
With the exceptions of the Gnomes and The Order, people possess few machines more complicated than a waterwheel mill and no engines capable of replacing a team of strong horses or a good stiff breeze. Every endeavor from plowing to harvesting, from woodcarving to the refining of valuable ores, is accomplished by human hands, human backs, and human minds – or Dwarven, Elven, Gnomish, or Half-Orc labor, depending on the realm in question.
Farms worked by more than an extended family and perhaps a hired, hand or two are extremely rare. Workshops or smelters requiring more than a half-dozen trained workers are also very rare. Every carved chair or table is the unique creation of a skilled craftsman, every apple is handpicked, every wheel of cheese or smoked haunch of meat handmade.