Armour and Shields

Below is a list of general armour categories and the types of armour that fall under them. Styles will vary widely depending on the culture of origin.

Warriors of the archipelago rely on skill and coordination instead of armour, since wearing any armour can overheat the user. See Climate and Weather for more details on heat exposure.

Armour Descriptions

A heavy leather vest lined from the inside with thick rigid bronze plates, then reinforced by a mirror plate in the front, lamellar skirting and banded shoulder pauldrons. This armour can be said to be the reverse of scale.

This was full set of armour made from the hide, hooves, and horn of either a Panau jungle rhinoceros or elephant.

Leather scale
A coat made of overlapping scales of thick leather hide boiled in oil and reinforced with leather plates, arm and leg defences. Leggings, pauldrons, and skirting is boiled in a similar process.

Armour Toughness Bonus Cost Weight
Rattan (light) +1 10 5 lb.
Quilted linen (light) +1 10 10 lb.
Leather lamellar (light) +1 10 15 lb.
Hide (medium) +2 11 25 lb.
Leather scale (medium) +2 14 20 lb.
Brigandine (medium) +3 15 25 lb.
Metal lamellar (medium) +3 15 20 lb.
Metal scale (medium) +4 19 35 lb.
Maille (medium) +4 20 30 lb.

Lamellar is a flexible armour made of small rectangular or square plates laced together into rows. These pieces were made from leather, bronze, iron, ivory, bark or other rigid organic material. It is worn over thick cloth or silk and comes with lamellar leggings and pauldrons. Unlike scale, lamellar does not require a foundation garment.

A thick tanned leather breastplate, which protects the waist, belly, and shoulders, worn over heavy clothing or leather. This type of armour is mainly used by the Hao.

A knee length, half sleeve maile coat attached onto quilted linen garment and reinforced with vertical metal plates. It is fasten at the front. Maile and plates is worn with leather arm-guards, banded pauldrons, coif, metal helmet, and leg defences with rings as well. The armour can be further enhanced with a central disk at the front and back. This very ornate and attractive armour is mainly reserved for only the wealthiest.

Metal scale
Made of small, overlapping scales laced to a cloth garment. Metal scale armour is worn as a knee length, half sleeve coat with mirror plates covering the front and back and leaf-shaped pauldrons with leather belts and leggings. The pauldrons and skirting is also made from scale. Reinforced bronze or iron plates are added above the front mirror plate and knees.

Made from two layers of rattan weaving which is used to form the foundation for rattan armour, offering decent protection without the use of metal or leather. This jacket is light-weight, durable, but somewhat rigid. Rattan armour does not count as armour for the purposes of heat exposure.

Quilted linen
Kaliyatra armours, especially those of northern Padmattiya, use quilted linen or cotton instead of leather. Improved versions of this armour have metal studs and nails, or scale, maille or metal plates.

Shield Descriptions

Light Shield
A light shield made from wood or rattan and is cheap and easy to make. Sometimes reinforced with leather hide.

Shield Defence Bonus Cost Weight
Light shield +1 5 6 lb.
Heavy shield +2 8 10 lb.
Madu +1 10 15 lb.

Heavy Shield
A medium circular convex shield made from bamboo, hide or cane. The inside has arm straps but also a shelf top and bottom that distributes the weight over the entire forearm. A favourite design is a monster's head that covers the entire shield.

The madu is a buckler with a pair of antelope-like blades projecting from either side. If you use your madu as a weapon, you lose its Defence bonus until your next action.

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