Trying to buy time - old diplomatic move, but this explanation generosity Moctezuma seemed to be overly simplistic. His reaction, no doubt, was more complex - his mind was torn between the prejudices of one's own religion and practical problems, and helped by its very ambiguous position of both religious and secular leader. He should realize that owns power and can destroy the invading aliens, but he had already convinced himself that after these aliens will be others, rises out of the sea the whole army. And anyway, he half believed it was the gods, and the gods must be propitiated. Therefore, instead of the armies he sent to meet the Spanish gold, and gifts, and the priests with Kopal to fumigate them as gods, incense. Anything, just not to meet with them face to face. Dodging meeting Moctezuma lost in the end, even the will to resist.
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