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The series were written by Douglas Niles, and the books are:
- Ironhelm (1990)
- Viperhand (1990)
- Feathered Dragon (1991)
The plot of the trilogy closely follows real-life events. The main character, Cordell, is similar in name to real-life conquistador Hernan Cortes. 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 civilisation 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.