The Middle Isles
Weapons and Metallurgy
The Middle Isles may be considered to be roughly mid-to-late Iron Age in terms of technology. Bronze weaponry has not been used extensively in roughly a thousand years, with both copper and tin (both required to make bronze) becoming much scarcer around that time. Since then, massive copper deposits have been discovered, but wrought iron remains the most common material for commonplace metal tools and objects, as it is less costly. It is worth noting that both bronze and iron have their adherents for which should be used as a superior weapon. Bronze weapons will bend; iron weapons break. Bronze can be made into an excellent weapon, but requires two metals not always in close proximity to one another, and doesn’t hold an edge as well as iron. Iron can be difficult to work with, but can also be produced in larger quantities (if somewhat middling quality) more quickly. Plus, there is variable of the quality of metal being used. It is therefore not uncommon to see a fighting company or army largely outfitted with metal weapons that reflect their relative resources and own preferences.
The best weapons are made of steel, which is relatively expensive and difficult to produce in quantity. Iron weapons are much more common and easier to mass produce, but are also heavier and more brittle than steel.
Ship building technology is slightly more advanced than its Iron Age equivalent, with some advances more suggestive of the early-to-mid Middle Ages.