Culture and technology Edit
The Taran nobility took pride in their scientific and mechanical ignorance, leaving such matters to the 'peasants'. Their primary ranged weapon was a crossbow that fired electric bolts; this was considered a peasant's weapon.
Swordsmen were apprenticed under Sword Masters using electro-swords, thin swords that carried an electrical charge.
In the 22nd century, about 200 years before the arrival of the Fourth Doctor and Romana I, a great plague wiped out nine-tenths of Tara's population. During this time of strife, the peasants were largely abandoned by the ruling class and manufactured large numbers of androids to cope with the labour shortage. The city of Tara built plague tunnels to move the nobility in and out of the contaminated city. (TV: The Androids of Tara)
In the 24th century, the Doctor and Romana arrived searching for the fourth segment of the Key to Time, and assisted Prince Reynart in defeating Grendel of Gracht and freeing Princess Strella. (TV: The Androids of Tara)