C (alessandriana) wrote in little_details,

building maintenance in a fantasy world

I’m writing a fantasy novel in which two of my MCs initially work as maintenance at a university of magic. It’s 1700s or 1800s-ish socially, but there’s no strict technological analogue, as magic has taken the place of a lot of technology, and some areas may be more advanced—and others, less- than the equivalent era. In this world, magic is pattern-based; you write/engrave designs on objects in order to cause your desired effect.

I have two questions:

a) Unfortunately, I have no real clear idea what exactly is it that building maintenance does on a day to day basis. I've googled 'what does a maintenance man do', 'building maintenance,' etc, but I haven't been able to get a good idea of what a daily schedule would look like. It's a university of about 500-600 people, if that makes a difference. I'd like one of my MCs take the other on a tour of what his new duties will be, as he's just starting out.

b) Related to that: I’m also having trouble coming up with specific ways in which magic could replace/assist regular household technologies (not just in maintenance areas, but also in everyday life). I’ve got things like spells (patterns) of preservation in pantries to keep food fresh, and ovens that run on magic rather than firewood, but, uh, past that I am coming up fairly blank. No idea what to google for this one. Any ideas?

Tags: 1700s (no decades given), 1800s (no decades given), ~vampires witches and werewolves oh my, ~worldbuilding
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