Maztica Trilogy

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The Maztica Trilogy is a set of 3 fantasy novels set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

The series were written by Douglas Niles, and the books are:

  • Ironhelm (1990)
  • Viperhand (1990)
  • Feathered Dragon (1991)

The books are essentially a translation of the Spanish conquest of what is now Mexico in the 16th Century to the Forgotten Realms world.

The name 'Maztica' is itself a portmanteau of "Maya" and "Aztec", two major civilizations in Central America.

The plot of the trilogy closely follows real-life events. The main character, Cordell, is similar in name to real-life conquistador Hernán Cortés. The states of Maztica resemble the Aztecs and other mesoamericans in that

  • they have Stone Age technology
  • they worship many gods and offer human sacrifices
  • they build large stone pyramids
  • there is a warrior class with particular uniforms
  • there is one powerful civilization dominating the continent, from which some tribes are independent and others subjugated

The principal difference is the existence of magic in the D&D fantasy world.

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