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A group of dwarven bronzists in the process of doing bronze swords, axes and other tools, during the Bronze Age in Aiers.

The Bronze Age is a time period characterized by the use of bronze, proto-writing, and other early features of urban civilization.
The Bronze Age is the second principal period of the three-age Stone-Bronze-Iron system as proposed in modern times by John Dobesh, for classifying and studying ancient societies. An ancient civilization is defined to be in the Bronze Age either by smelting its own copper and alloying with tin, or by trading for bronze from production areas elsewhere. Worldwide, the Bronze Age generally followed the Neolithic period, but in some parts of the world, the Copper Age served as a transition from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. Although the Iron Age generally followed the Bronze Age, in some areas, the Iron Age intruded directly on the Neolithic from outside the region, with the exception of sub-zeberran Zarhuy where it was developed independently.

Bronze Age cultures differed in their development of the first writing. According to archaeological evidence, cultures in Ushaenor (Hake dark elves), and Aels (Drow dark elf and Dwarven) developed the earliest viable writing systems.

The theories and archeological findings point out that the ones to first discover the use of Bronze where the Dwarves, thought it isn't known an exact date -as so far the only archeological findings are of dwarven bronze tools in elven archeological sites, result of dwarven-elven trade-, some think dwarves may have learnt of the use of Bronze between the 14.500-13.500 b.a.H (Before the Apparition of Humanity), but that for long they keeped in secrecy their findings to themselves, and only later would trade bronze tools with other peoples.

For long they keeped the secrecy, and the monopoly on bronze, and to ensure this many of the early dwarven settlements will rise around known mines of tin, needed for bronze alloys.

The monopoly of first the bronze technology gave dwarves a technological upperhand, which helped them to survive the until then unstopable expansion of elves, who used stone weapons and copper axes -the previous neolithic expansion of elves pushed many non-elves peoples around in Aels, Hieyoks and Ushaenor-. After some unknown amount of time, where the dwarves keept this technology only to themselves, they began to trade it to not dwarves -some suppose, only when the elves had learnt themselves the secret to produce bronze.-

While the copper was common, with the dwarves still monopolizing the tin mines, this created a wide trade network, that the first nations and empires tried to control, as with bronze they controlled the world.

Some authors suggest that was precisely in Aels that the drows adquired their own tin supplies and mines, that put at odds the diverse dwarven tribes and the Empire of Drow, reason why would the dwarves fight against the dark elven Empire.

As well, the manufacturation of bronze, and monopoly of Tin, began to make the dwarven tribes more and more of a target to rivals who seeked for these resources, secrets and mines, and despise their importance in the trade network of tin and bronze, the dwarven tribes began to be largely targeted by elves, proto-orcs and beastmen, which forced the dwarves to fortify their settlements in more easily defensive areas.

-In some theories, it's because of this external reason, that while the first bronzists, the dwarves took so long to develop a civilization (only at the 5.300 b.a.H)-

Bronze had not only several uses for weapons and tools, but having a large proportion of copper, it was a maná-conductive metal, which the elves -and Draak harg- could use for magical weapons and purposes. This meant that, while the dwarves had been the masters of Bronze, producing some of it's more fine products, it was the maná-bearing creatures that used it with better results.

It is said that this may have been the cause, why dwarves began to seek for alternatives to bronze, because while it once gave them technological supperiority, lacking maná, they couldn't use it like elves could, who surpassed them in the use of bronze because of this reason. This would finally lead to the discovery of the use of Iron, and therefore beginning the Iron Age, at 3.100 b.a.H.

Iron, unlike Bronze, was a metal that wasn't maná-conductive material, and not only that, but was cheaper and easier to produce. While elves at first didn't gave much attention to iron -precisely for his non-magical properties-, the dwarves once more time gained the technological upperhand:

as it will be with iron weapons, that the dwarves will for the first time attempt at the creation of Empires -as the Empire of the Mines of Nortunk-, which would be such a menace to the elven empires, that will force the elves to grudgingly adopt themselves the iron technology:

Because while it was easier for dwarves to control the tin, iron was easy to access, and once they began to trade it, soon the secret was out, and truly finished the Bronze Age.

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wardude69 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
of course the dwarves are in the bronze age while everyone else is using stones.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
of course! :la:
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MapleSamurai Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So dwarves were the first race to discover the best metals of each era? Why am I not surprised?
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
because Dwarves are Metal! XD
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mate888 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Yo me pregunto... Siendo los enanos iguales a los hombres (solo que mas bajitos, robustos y con mejores barbas), no habrán creído tanto los elfos como los enanos que los humanos, cuando aparecieron por primera vez, que eran enanos altos y pelados?
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
En realidad, los altos elfos creyeron esto:
The Origin of Humanity by Shabazik
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GuyOni Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Bronze Age Dwarves. Makes perfect sense. Keep up the great work!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
thanks!
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Niribur Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What can I say? This is just fantastic and could be as illustration straight from some classic history book. :meow:
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
:meow: thanks!
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larqven Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Pretty cool seeing the dwarves hard at work forging metal weapons.  It certainly looks like a potential for getting burning scars or a serious hot foot exists!  The dwarves would wave off such concerns in this era as they have tough skins!?

Dwarves would seem so conservative that how would they make it out of the stone age?  Yet, they would have a knowledge of metals, and would experiment.  Perhaps not to make their lives easier--but to have better weapons than the competition--and then to gain trading advantages over the completion.

It's an interesting idea, that dwarves joined the bandwagon against the ancient surface Neroz largely because they had bronze weapons.  Also, that they had bronze weapons that could be used as spell-casting tools.  Also, that dwarves were 'behind' at this time because of their lack of magic, and that they were slow to develop other trappings of civilization such as writing (and shoes!) and such even after 'unearthing' the secrets of bronze.

I suppose that dwarves might have developed writing to 'keep their books' when doing trading.  Dwarves being the 'middlemen' who like to get between their customers and their customers' wants!  Having a monopoly on technology is a way to get that.  It might have spurred the dwarves to develop other technologies as well?

It would seem that long distance trade--and abstractions like money--developed before the rise of true cities, with trade routes connecting prehistoric towns for thousands of kilometers.  Contact between races on Aiers based on their resources makes sense with that in mind.

Very ancient religions that attracted mass participants also developed before the rise of cities, so that might be another catalyst for writing and civilization, rather than being a product of civilization as historians had earlier believed.  Trade might have brought the dwarves together, and perhaps religion brought the Neroz together.  The Neroz being interesting in being at or near the forefront of civilization, yet their Neolithic ecological niche of night preferences and earlier night hunter lives would have seemed to have predisposed them to hang on to a hunter gathering existence for a longer time?

Yet something spurred them on to develop themselves beyond everyone else in Aels?
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Indeed, dwarves spurred other technologies as well!

But the dwarves of that era weren't as conservative: instead, where an innovative force. Only much later, when the attempts of dwarven empires failed and they went underground, will began the process of stagnation of their society!

The long distance trade to be developed in Aiers before civilization is bassed in our own world history, in archeological findings of the neolithic, calcolithic and early bronze age indeed, that's from where comes this idea to me.

Indeed, trade may have brought dwarves the need of accountability books! XD
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And yet, the same kind of technology, while it already existed for a long time, would not be fully embraced for a very long time by certain groups... like, I gather, the Polforian werewolves?
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Yeah, there are many groups who will not embrance technology!

Some groups will still be on the stone age, when Industrial societies conquered them!
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I always pictured ancient dwarves with the technological level of the Romans. But that's just me X3
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Maybe later dwarves? Antique, yet not so antique? XD
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I guess :3
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IxisNyx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I made a chinese sword with the same method. It looked beautiful once I polished it up.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
oh! So you are a blacksmith? So awesome! :D
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IxisNyx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No I don't do it professionally.professionally. I'm a...I guess the word is hobbyist...
I take up any hobby to relieve boredom  and go over to a new one when the old has lost its charm.
My friend Trey does it as a steady hobby and he showed me how its done. I made quite a few shitty jobs before making a good solid sword and stopped doing iron work after that.
After I heard of liquid fire and decided to give it a try.

I havent done any forge work for months save for yesterday. tried making a mace which is harder than doing a sword believe me DX
and am going to melt thre result down tomorow and try doing it better.

To be honest I wont really end the hobby but I'll leave it alone for some years to do other things and might remember later about it and might decide to give it another go.
Im actually thinking of dioramas. like how people make props for warhammer board games and such, after the mace is done.
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RemnantComic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a clever bunch of entrepreneurs! <X D Very nicely done, Al - it's great to see them all working on something but still in a group : 3
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks Tom!
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animal-delos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   Writer
And before the Bronze Age came... The Copper Age...! And after the Bronze age... comes... The Iron Age! Then the Age of Steel! lol Just kidding. xD
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And then the age of plastics! x3
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
to some historians is the case!
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