With advances in agriculture, the land can now support large, permanent communities, in turn allowing true civilization to take root. Bronze Age societies are defined by the discovery of metalworking.
Bronze weapons and tools begin to replace their crude stone or wood equivalents. Studded leather becomes the most advanced armor available. As people learn to weave cloth, including cotton and silk, padded armor also appears.
Bronze Age societies possess pictographic written languages and often keep important records on clay tablets or scrolls made of crude forms of paper or inscribe them in stone. Growing seasons are recorded each year, leading to the creation of early calendars. Other new discoveries include fixed measurements and often sophisticated knowledge of mathematics, architecture, astronomy, and herbal medicine. New inventions include the potter’s wheel, pulleys, levers, and the plow and may include the wheel. Gems and works of art crafted from precious metals become prized symbols of wealth and power, but most trade still relies on barter.
Organized religion appears and quickly dominates society. Bronze Age rulers are often clerics, viewed as the direct emissaries of the gods. Sages unlock sorcerers’ arcane powers to become the first wizards, and spellcasters learn to enchant magic items.
Bronze Age peoples can build stone structures for their cities and temples. The size of these structures often seems to be limited only by the available workforce, and large communities may construct massive monuments capable of outlasting their builders by millennia. These architects may also protect their glorious temples and tombs with secret doors and cunning traps, including hidden pits, swinging blades, and deadfalls. Ironically, Bronze Age societies have yet to invent the lock and key.