Sunday, December 4, 2016

House Rules - New Armor

New Armor

This is a list of armors that do not appear in the Player's Handbook, but that I use in my campaigns. As armors get added to my ongoing campaigns, I will add more to this listing. These armors have been adapted from Bow & Blade: A Guidebook to Wood Elves, Nyambe, and Path of the Sword.

Armor
Light Armor
Cost
Armor/Shield
Bonus
Max Dex
Bonus
Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Weight 1
Beaded Armor 2
25 shillings
+2
+6
-1
15%
15 lbs.
Bone Armor 2
300 shillings
+3
+6
-2
15%
15 lbs.
Chitin Armor 2
45 shillings
+4
+3
-3
20%
25 lbs.
Gyad'hywr Breastplate 2
3,000 shillings
+5
+4
-2
20%
15 lbs.
Heartwood Shirt 2
1,500 shillings
+5
+4
-3
25%
25 lbs.
Leafweave Armor 2
350 shillings
+2
+6
-2
10%
10 lbs.
Menaevian War Paint 2
15 shillings
+1
-
0
0%
1 lb.
Spidersilk Vest 2
500 shillings
+3
+7
-1
5%
5 lbs.
Woven Cord Armor 2
10 shillings
+1
+7
-1
5%
10 lbs.
Medium Armor
Cost
Armor/Shield
Bonus
Max Dex
Bonus
Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Weight 1
Iron Mantle Armor
150 shillings
+5
+2
-5
30%
30 lbs.
Woodweave Coat 2
1,500 shillings
+4
+3
-3
25%
15 lbs.
Shields
Cost
Armor/Shield
Bonus
Max Dex
Bonus
Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Weight
Buzzshield
50 shillings
+1
-
-1
10%
10 lbs.
Large leather shield 2
5 shillings
+2
-
-2
15%
7 lbs.
Leather body shield 2
15 shillings
+3
-
-5
25%
15 lbs.
Parrying shield 2
20 shillings
+1
-
-1
10%
6 lbs.
Small leather shield 2
2 shillings
+1
-
-1
5%
3 lbs.
1 Weight figures are for armor sized to fit Medium characters. Armor fitted for Small characters weighs half as much, and armor fitted for Large characters weighs twice as much.
2 Can be worn or used by druids without penalty.

Armor Descriptions

Beaded Armor: This armor is made from beads and woven leather cord. This makes the armor highly decorative, yet still provides some degree of protection to the wearer. It is most commonly used by the tribesmen of the At'viras Steppes and the Tozlu Desert. Beaded armor can be donned in 1 minute, donned hastily in 5 rounds, and removed in 1 minute.

Bone Armor: Thin strips of bone line the outisde of a hide shirt, making this armor both light and durable. Although it offers excellent protection compared to most light armor, it does not have the durability of comparable metal armor.

Buzzshield: The buzzshield is an example of what happens when the ingenuity of the Hartzstadt dwarves is applied to war. The buzzshield is the size of a small steel shield, and anyone with the Shield proficiency can used it as one without penalty. If the wielder also has Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Buzzshield), it is something more.

The buzzshield contains a powerful spring, a complex gearing mechanism, and a number of retractable metal teeth. When wound up (a full round action that provokes and attack of opportunity), it becomes a lethal weapon, all the while still functioning as a shield. The buzzshield can be used as an off-hand weapon, and is considered to be a light weapon for this purpose. The buzzshield remains wound for 1d4+4 rounds, and deals 1d6 points of slashing damage on a successful hit. It has a threat range of 20 x3.

The mechanism is robust, as it is designed for war, but it is not indestructible. After 25 rounds of use, the mechanism will need maintenance. Maintaining a buzzshield requires a DC 20 Craft: Weaponsmithing check and 10 minutes of work. Dwarves from Harzstadt gain a +4 bonus to this check, and can perform the work in half the time. if the shield is used without maintenance, it ceases to function as anything but a small shield until repaired.

Chitin Armor: Goblinoids and others who live near insect-infested areas have learned to take advantage of the abundance of giant arthropods, forming useful armor from their discarded husks. While some feel that only shells stripped from living beasts have the flexibility to make decent armor, most husk-hunters find a freshly shed exoskeleton to be just as good and far easier to obtain.

Chitin armor offers decent protection, and is often used by goblinoids. It has one major drawback - it is incredibly brittle. Any attack that deals more than 20 points of damage in a single blow shatters the armor. In addition, if the wearer of the armor takes more than 50 points of damage before he can repair the armor, the husk is destroyed. Repairing the armor requires a DC 20 Craft: Armorsmithing check and takes an hour.

Gyad'hywr Breatplate: This is a breastplate made from gyad'hwyr wood.

Heartwood Shirt: Made of specially treated wood grown in secret groves by khülen druids and spirit shamen, this is one of the finest and most expensive forms of armor available. Although made of wood, it has the hardness and hit points of normal steel.

Iron Mantle Armor: Iron mantle armor is made from a number of iron plates held together with leather straps, and covers the wearer's shoulders and chest. Iron mantle armor can be donned in 4 minutes, donned hastily in 1 minute, and removed in 1 minute.

Large Leather Shield: A leather shield is lighter than a metal or wooden shield, but easier to damage. The leather is cured until it is hard enough to deflect attacks. A large leather shield has hardness 3 and 12 hit points.

Leafweave Armor: Made from lacquered leaves by woodland crafters, leafweave armor is light, durable, and extremely flexible. Its only disadvantage compared to other light armor is its high price, due mainly to the intricate craftsmanship and rare materials used in its creation.

Leather Body Shield: A body shield is only slightly smaller than a tower shield. Such a shield would be unwieldy if made from any material oher than leather. The leather is cured until it is hard enough to deflect attacks. A large leather shield has hardness 3 and 15 hit points.

Menaevian War Paint: The warriors of Menaevia have been often observed patrolling their wild nation covered in swirls and whorls of color. Those who know the secret of Menaevian war paint know why they wear this gaudy spectacle, except for the fact that they are most likely dead.

When applied, Menaevian war paint is a riot of clashing colors, usually greens, reds, and tans. It remains thus until the wearer remains still for 1d4 rounds. At the end of this time, the brightly colored paint slowly changes to match the surrounding foliage - not a perfect match, but close enough to add considerably to Hide checks, giving a +6 circumstance bonus. If the wearer moves suddenly - more than half speed - the paint reverts to its bright color scheme. The effect is that brightly painted, garish warriors seem to materialize out of nowhere.

Menaevian war paint also serves to protect the skin slightly. Once dry, it is surprisingly tough, acting as skin-tight armor that provides a +1 armor bonus to its wearer. Applying Menaevian war paint takes 15 minutes; removing it takes about 1 minute. No other armor can be worn while using the paint. It is extremely rare for Menaevians to sell this paint to non-Menaevians. An alchemist who has a sample to work with might be able to figure out the recipe with a DC 35 Craft: Alchemy check. Once the formula is known, manufacturing more requires a DC 25 Craft: Alchemy check.

Menaevian war paint assists in Hide checks only when in wilderness locales. It is worse than useless in cities or inside structures, conferring a -2 circumstance penalty to Hide checks.

Parrying Shield: A parrying shield is a special shield often used by the inhabitants of the Tozlu Desert. It is a small leather shield with special projections used for deflecting arrows. A wielder must have the Parrying Shield feat to make full use of a parrying shield. A parrying shield has hardness 3 and 9 hit points.

Small Leather Shield: A leather shield is lighter than a metal or wooden shield, but easier to damage. The leather is cured until it is hard enough to deflect attacks. A large leather shield has hardness 3 and 7 hit points.

Spidersilk Vest: It is well known that spider's silk is many times stronger than steel. While the chitine have been known to farm spiders for their silk, other must resort to hunting monstrous spiders in wild for their supply. Any monstrous spider of at least Large size can provide enough silk for a single spidersilk vest for a Medium-size creature. A DC 30 Craft: Weaving check is required to convert the spider threads into silk cloth, and a DC 27 Craft: Tailor check is needed to successfully craft the silk into the vest.

Woodweave Coat: Made from wooden strips of specially treated wood, this armor is favored by many khülen woodsmen and warriors. Although made of wood, it has the hardness and hit points of normal steel.

Woven Cord Armor: This armor is made from woven fibers. Though not as flexible as leather amor, woven cord armor offers superior ventilation. As a result, woven cord armor is commonly used by the denizens of the At'viras Steppes, and sometimes by the inhabitants of the Tozlu Desert. Woven cord armor can be donned in 1 minute, donned hastily in 5 rounds, and removed in 1 minute.

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