Quote Originally Posted by Clistenes View Post
About armor: Aztec metallurgy wasn't advanced enough to make metal weapons or armor. The Peruvians knew how to make copper alloys and crafted some weapons and helmets of it (axes, hammers, spears and daggers, but not swords), but they didn't make armor besides some gorgets...

I think their metallurgy probably wasn't advanced enough...

But this fantasy culture are the renmants of a more advanced civilization that used iron and steel and probably forged metal armor... so if they have bronze, they will probably try to use it to make armor...



One of the premises we are given is that they have access to the needed resources to make bronze.
The Incas had fairly advanced metallurgy. The primary weapon was the sling, and the best armors against sling shots are ones that can take the impact and spread it out and slow it down. i.e. quilted armor. There are Spanish records from the conquest and revolutions that report Inca slingers being able to kill Spaniards with iron helmets through headshots. The primary sidearm was a mace. Bronze armor doesnít defend that well against maces and slings so there is a good chance the Incas just didnít consider bronze armor worth developing. They did have some ceremonial bronze armor, but that was so thin that it cannot have been intended for warfare.