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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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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

What's our attack power? So, we have ourselves a grey goo situation. Except this time, it's grey attack goo. Okay, so Geppetto is the only person who can make Primes. A quick computer analysis tells ...
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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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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

You have successfully invented the world's most efficient doomsday machine. Dr. Farnsworth would be proud! This is a Frame Challenge. As it sits, atmosphere enters one side and exits the other. This ...
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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

A tiny flake of gold, titanium, or iron is precious. A spec of refined aluminum was so rare it used to be more precious than gold. Spider silk or a single strand of cotton or other plant fiber could ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

The others have already stated that we have way more than enough troops on our hands, so I expect you to dial that number down a bit for "fairness" (aka requiring some actual tactics). ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

To be even more overkill than simply the army of 30 million+ dolls: As Geppetto makes more Primes, and Primes make more roughs, and roughs make more botches, we send all of the botches to work doing ...
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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

Thinking through three ideas, but none of them seems to break your society: Agriculture vs. Crafts In a typical medieval or earlier society, 90% of the people or more are working in agriculture. Their ...
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Could medieval agriculture develop without soil?

You can't "jump in" at medieval times, history doesn't work like that. You need to ask if neolithic humans could emerge, then advance to bronze- and iron-age humans, if something like the ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

The King of Arbor, in his malice for all life, called upon his Dark Wizard. "Build me an army worthy of Arbor!" Geppetto the True began his work. From the blackened stump of the town's ...
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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?

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?

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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Could medieval agriculture develop without soil?

Grow on the titans While naturally occurring soil is typically a mixture of organic and inorganic compounds, not all plants require any inorganic compounds to grow. Many plants, especially the kinds ...
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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?

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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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

The clever hack would be to get advanced metallurgy, engines (steam, internal combustion, electric) and machine tools. Which, depending on your wishes may or may not happen. If you wanted it to happen ...
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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

Don't overestimate the impact if you try to just make normal things easier A lot of the answers here overestimate how much material you can actually move through your duplicator in the time allowed. ...
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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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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

Medieval Logistics is a problem. So make it your enemy's problem. Geppetto is going to have a hard time getting this wood to him. 7-8 thousand acres of forest (as estimated above) is fine, but it'd be ...
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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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What is the most advanced form of torch?

A torch is basically a stick with its end wrapped in tow mixed with pitch or resin. So how do you make it better? More resin. Adding a measured amount of ash to pine pitch or molten pine resin makes ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

Quantity has a quality of it's own You haven't stated how long it takes Primes or Roughs to make Roughs and Botches respectively but will assume it's same whether it's Geppetto making a Botch or a ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

The War: some thoughts With infinite stamina come many benefits. If the Pinocchios sprint to wherever they need to go, they will get there quickly. For now, I'll assume Pinocchios can run 10 mph, as ...
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Bringing potatoes to the middle ages

Appear in what soon will be Poland, around 960s. The warlord family of Piasts is just starting their campaign to unite Western SLavic tribes into one identity, the "people of the fields" AKA ...
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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?

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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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

Duplicator not required to completely skip your target. You're thinking about technological development in far too linear a fashion. All you need is someone with basic engineering knowledge and a ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

Frame Challenge I don't think your army can win. We are effectively talking about an army of Child Soldiers. Now, in modern day contexts, a Child soldier can have some limited effectiveness on the ...
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Could medieval agriculture develop without soil?

Yes, depending on how deep the water is. If it's not too deep in certain areas, they could move stones/sand to form the borders of an enclosed area whose height is above sea level, use some kind of ...
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