Question: OK, I have this idea for a novel that I really want to do, but I really want your opinion on whether or not it's likely to work. I know in fantasy/sci-fi writing, the sky is the limit (kinda...), but this is a crossover I'm not sure I can pull off even though I love the concept. The idea is to have a fictional continent divided west/north from east/south by a range of mountains so immense that their slopes vanish into clouds half-way up, and their peaks are never seen. It's hard to describe without rambling on, but basically the mountains divide the continent so thoroughly that the people on either side have never crossed them, or seen or heard anything about each other. The Northern people would be a culture not unlike Britain or Germany during WW1, kinda like steampunk but with bigger guns. The Easterners would be a culture of warriors and sorcerers based on the ancient Middle East. So essentially, a cross between steampunk and high fantasy. Guns meets spears, bombs meets wizardry, bayonet squad meets chariotry, etc. And that's just some of the war aspect of their cultures. There's no way I could go into real detail here. anyway, I really like this idea, but do you think I might be going a bit overboard with such a stark contrast?
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