The basic idea is world goes to war. World gets blown down to standard fantasy pre industrial scavenging from what came before. World is now at a sort of steampunk Victorian sort of technology with radio being a thing and talk of trying to do the same with images.
And then someone figures out how to get a segment of the old world net to do something. Since new uses are not computer driven and the infrastructure is not the same it’s more ‘look at what the old networking can do that is reproduceable and lay cable between new settlements.’
Necromancy/the use of spirits is somehow important. Does not ‘hurt’ the intangibles but they are needed for the !agicsl end of things. Necromancy is illegal. !at have druids try stepping up to the task.
Pixies are artificial creatures that have existed because of the war. Those that are trained can use their magic to enter this new network with roughly a large messenger/grocery bag’s worth of material and exit at another end.
Computers are not yet a thing. People who study the ruins or deal in artifacts would know of them but the closest that exist are electromechanical rtty machines that can display sent and transmitted text on a specislly made quartz screen (magic.) Another close analogue are typewriter/word processors. Even these are ungodly expensive and are more business/library/government than home use.
So while I am kinda loathe to go with crystal balls what kind of interface that’s cheap/easy for non+technical to use? Mind you pixies do reproduce and they pick up on tasks easy if they decide they like you. So house/personal pixie with a specialty mirror as primary interface and possibly an interface ring when the mirror will respond to voice? Like your work desk in a fairie ring or pentacle.
Possible uses? I’m kinda thinking back to BBS/Usenet when things were a lot more local and access more limited. I could see local bullitens being a thing. Ditto news and classifieds. Eventially discussion groups.
Security would be needed so people can’t just fly s bomb in. Or send a swarm through to rob your home blind.
All this as a minor ‘hey the world is progressing’ bit in the bigger setting.
I have read the amber chronicola and the rivern series. So a little bit of stealing from the! For some of the idea is inevitable, but I figure it seems interesting. Would like people to spitball at me so I can either dig for details or plot ideas.