I’m curious, what sort of materials do you Dark Sun DMs out there use as substitute for metal in Athas? Especially for general items, dungeon paraphernalia, etc.
The campaign books cover the substitutes used in Weapons and Armour quite in depth, but I often wonder about other types of items that are normally made from metal. For instance, a metal grate blocking a passage, cell bars, and other stuff that is supposed to be “unbreakable” for regular folk (or at least very resistant.)
I’ve seen pictures, games and such depicting bone/wood bars for cells and cages. And maybe a pair of manacles could be made from bone and giant hair? But I always thought it to be weird, the idea that in a world filled with people with 20+ Strength (by 2e standards, quite superhuman) including Muls and Half-Giants, that just bone, wood and such would suffice.
Another example… say the party is exploring an ancient dungeon, it’d be a hard sell to say that some spike traps made from just wood and bone would have survived 300+ years intact.
On a side note, it seems a lot of stuff is made from giant hair in Athas… that’s a lot of giants you need to shave to supply civilization!
So… other than the stuff used in weapons and armour… do you folks use some specific materials that could be resistant enough but readily available as a substitute for metal? Also if there’s mention of such materials in some official book I’d also appreciate you guys pointing me in the right direction!