Armor

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Historical Periods

Anarchy Period:
Not much happens in the anarchy period as most of the technological advances of the Uther era stagnate. However war is prevalent and people tend to spend resources where they are needed most. The prices of armors skyrocket. Some minor improvements to armor has survived from the end of the end of the Uther period, and the squires learn new techniques to keep the armors clean.

Uther Period:
When the Uther Period approaches great leaps has been taken in the inventions of armor in Britain. The armors of the period equals real life 10th and 11th century armor. The chainmail is much sturdier than the late roman period versions, now made with better iron and properly linked. The chainmail is longer and protects the face and head. The helmet is an open helmet and usually also protects the nose and the face.

Roman Era:
In the roman era the armors made little progress until the later stages. Most of the period classical roman armor was the main stay of any army. Towards the rule of Constantine and Vortigern chainmail became standard amongst the newly founded cavalry.

Armor descriptions

Here follows a list of armors, their stats and what periods they appear.

Chainmail and gambesson and open helmet (Anarchy Period)

AnarchyThe average knight in the Anarchy period wears chainmail over a sturdy gambesson. The legs are protected by wrapped and padded cloth and the head is protected by a chainmail coif and an open helmet. The only slight variation from the Uther period is that knights begin sewing the colors of their Lord’s heraldry into the gambesons or the rim of the chainmail. This began as a way to protect armors from tearing but ended up as a way to differentiate knights in the confusing battles during the Anarchy age, where brother fought against brother.

The entire thing requires a squire to put on and is quite heavy. The armor requires a lot of maintenance, but somewhat less than during the Uther period. It is something that is done daily by the knight’s squire.

Protection: 10
Dexterity modifier: -10
Usage: War, Battle, and Duelling.

Chainmail and gambesson and open helmet (Uther Period)

Uther
The hard times of war during Constantine’s rules forced many inventions in armor. The most important were made in chainmail and gambesons. The average knight wears long sturdy linen clothes, covered with a heavy padded linen gambesson. On his legs he wars padded hoses. Over the padding he wears a heavy chainmail that can be strapped to protect the face. On top of this, he wears an open helmet.

The entire thing requires a squire to put on and is quite heavy. The armor requires quite a lot of maintenance, something that is done daily by the knight’s squire.

Protection: 10
Dexterity modifier: -10
Usage: War, Battle, and Duelling.

Chainmail, padding and helmet (Late Roman Period)

Roman

The main armor of the heavy cavalry in the late Roman Period was the chainmail. Brought in by the romans it made the cavalry well protected and the infantry better able to take care of their own armor while travelling. The chainmail simply required some simple tools, a barrel and some sand to keep it functioning.

The warrior wears padded and heavy clothing and a thick chainmail is pulled over the clothes. The legs are kept unprotected as well as the the arms, as the heavy chainmail of the time makes it difficult to move. The armor is not used in duels, as it was considered unmanly and cowardly.

Protection: 8
Dexterity modifier: -10
Usage: War, and Battle

Lorica Segmentata (Roman Period)

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The lorica segmentata (segmented cuirass) is a type of personal armour used by soldiers of the Roman Empire, consisting of metal strips (“girth hoops” fashioned into circular bands), fastened to internal leather straps. The plates of lorica segmentata armour were soft iron inside and (some at least) were mild steel on the outside, making the plates hardened against damage without becoming brittle.

The lorica segmentata eventually disappeared from Roman use, most likely due to its high cost and difficult maintenance despite its good qualities. Some of them can be found in later periods, but they are difficult to handle and care for.

Protection: 8 (+2 vs Bludgeoning)
Dexterity modifier: -10
Usage: War, and Battle

The armor of the Gods (All periods for tribal societies)

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In the late roman period tribal society was prevalent in Logres, and armor was not common amongst warriors and tribal fighters. The armor consisted of nothing but the brave mans skin and tattoos or painted patterns.

In later periods much of Logres is modernized, but other parts of Britain remains tribal. In these areas many warriors keep trusting their gods to protect them and shun armor. (in reality, they probably do not know how to make it or preserve it). In a few cases, the tattoos are blessed or magical, protecting the warrior.

In some cultures, such as the Pictish, the warriors do not even wear pants.

Protection: 0
Dexterity modifier: 0
Special: +5 on some combat-rolls, since wearing no armor grants a certain freedom of movement.
Usage: Dueling (Or War, Battle and Duelling for some tribes)

Hunting armor (Uther Period)

The Earlier periods is a time of men, skill and bravery. When hunting a knight usually only wears heavy and sturdy clothes that are lightly padded to protect against branches and sticks in the wood. Braver knights usually wear clothes.

Protection: 1
Dexterity modifier: 0
Usage: Hunting

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