With my first post on here I'd like to poll the community for some plot ideas, if that'd be alright. I want to do a High Fantasy story, but with a "unique selling point". Instead of it being set in the typical Medieval period I was shooting for a Colonial-type era where technology is becoming more advanced; guns, trains, electricity in their early stages (but don't read that as Steampunk). In order for tech advances to be more efficient than magic I neutered it by declaring in this world only women can use magic. But without getting into unrelated details, my original plot was a young Elven inventor would travel across the land with compatriots to show his new creation to the Hall of Inventors, while avoiding the army of an old, anti-technology, barbarian king. That was my idea, but it seems a little too.... typical. Any ways I could put a new twist on the same old formula, or a whole other plot line that I'd could consider?