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Technology on Sikilar became the province of religious oriented researcher caste. Eventually, all knowledge of the technology was lost, with operation of what equipment remained being done by rote.
At the close of the Long Night, an offworlder from a higher tech world with plenty of ambition and few scruples came to Sikilar. Dhusa (the only name now remembered) overawed the populace with his "magic" and set up a religious dictatorship. Since then his priestly caste has instilled a terrified obedience in the people.
Offworlders are worshipped as angels. No native may speak to an offworlder without permission. All trade is handled by the priests, who keep technology to themselves.
The only reason the incredible law level of this planet has not made it an amber zone is that offworlders are not subject to the most stringent taboos.