This might belong in the historical fiction category, but I like to mix history and fantasy together. Anyway, boomerangs and slings and atlatls and chariots are a set of truly ancient weapons/ weapon systems that haven’t gotten much love in media. I think the reason for htis is because the bronze age is just too old and too strange for many readers, and it requires us to imagine the world before the world we like to imagine.
To spell that out: We like to think of the olden days as horses and knights and horse shoes, and bows and arrows, but there were times and places before horses, before iron, before arrows. There are cultures like those from the Valley of Mexico that didn’t get bows and arrows until sometime in the 10th or 11th century according to Ross Hassig.
Imagine a fantasy in the age of chariots, when the only horses were ponies. Or one where the only range weapons available were humble slings, atlatls, and throwsticks? Before the sword? Before the sword was the club and the mace. What would an ultra low tech fantasy bring to the world that the default doesn’t?
It could make the daily life more intense. If the MC has to hunt, has to gather, make his own weapons from wood, stone, and bone.
What do y’all think?