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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

A process of induction Dwarves typical living spaces are deep underground, and elves are in trees. Neither of which is good for big smoky cooking fires. So, they invented simple magical heaters. They'...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Another inconsistency to consider With nosajimiki's fine answer of why humans don't have plate armor you got your main issue solved, but you need to solve another inconsistency: However, both the ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Magic, Fit and Culture This is mainly an amalgamation of the other answers. Dwarves and Elves use some kind of magic to work large plates, a magic that isn't available to humans. This rules out native ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

The Three C's i.e. Culture, Climate and Cost Lots of non European cultures developed sophisticated armor sets during the medieval period but never adopted the widespread use of full plate armor. Look ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Laws Maybe ores that are good enough for plate armor are rare in human lands, and the powers that be want to limit their usage to the making of tools, weapons and smaller armor pieces. Those are ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

The other answers recommend technological reasons, but I'd like to suggest a cultural bias. The dwarves and elves make plate mail, but they do so with industrial processes (magic) that aren't ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Healing Potions Don't like Steel Plate Since it's for a TTRPG, I'll assume some kind of "healing magic" is in play. Make it so healing magic doesn't work if you're wearing steel. A player ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Given that making plate armour is very expensive the dwarves might just have cornered the market with cartel tactics. If ever any human armourer gets good enough they lower prices to drive them out of ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Humans have not invented spring steel yet In our own history, humans did not use plate armor in the 12th century because chainmail was a better choice for the kind of steel we could make. The idea of ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Make metal "Magioative" in large quantites. For some reason, magic binds easily to iron, steel, and similar materials. If the piece of metal is large enough, it begins to radiate strange, ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

One reason could be simple economics and scarcity. Metal in general and steel in particular is rare, difficult to make and very expensive in a medivial setting. Making plate armor requires a lot of ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

Historically, plate armor as we think of it wasn't invented until the early Renaissance -- during times we'd call "medieval" most armor was mail (aka chainmail), sometimes with small plates ...
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