The accompanying table provides game system information for armor. The following details are provided:

Armor Rating: Each armor type has a numeric rating. When you take damage from combat, you subtract the armor rating before losing Health. This applies each time you are hit, so over time even poor armor can prevent you from taking a lot of damage. Certain attacks, however, can bypass the effects of armor. They inflict what is called penetrating damage, which ignores armor altogether. Armor offers no protection against penetrating damage.

Armor Penalty: Each armor type also has a penalty that represents its weight and bulk. The penalty applies to your Speed if you are trained in the armor’s use, but to Dexterity (and thus to Speed) if you are not. See Armor Training talent in Chapter 3: Focuses and Talents.


Armor Type Armor Rating Armor Penalty Cost
Light Leather 3 0 15 sp
Heavy Leather 4 -1 30 sp
Light Mail 5 -2 50 sp
Heavy Mail 7 -3 75 sp
Light Plate 8 -4 100 sp
Heavy Plate 10 -5 150 sp

Light Leather Armor
Light leather armor is common throughout Thedas. Cured an hardened for protection, it is supple enough to be worn like regular clothing. This category also includes hide, quilted, or padded armor.

Heavy Leather Armor
Boiling it in water or wax hardens the leather, which is then fashioned into breast and back plates and shoulder guards. More flexible leather is used for the leggings, gauntlets, and so forth. Some versions are sewn with metal rivets or studs.

Light Mail Armor
Also known as ring mail, this armor is made of interlocking metal rings worn over hardened leather armor. The rings are bigger than those used to make chainmail, so it is not as effective.

Heavy Mail Armor
Also called chainmail, heavy mail is armor made by interlocking small metal rings to form a mesh. Heavy mail is normally worn over a layer of quilted cloth to make it more comfortable, reduce chafing, and absorb some of the force from blows.

Light Plate Armor
Light plate, also known as half-plate, is a full suit of heavy mail with select pieces of plate armored (typically a breastplate and greaves) layered on top.

Heavy Plate Armor
A full suit of armor favored by knights and lords, plate armor is composed of shaped steel plates fitted over most of the body. The plate is strapped and buckled on over a padded doublet, evenly distributing the weight over the entire body, so it is less restrictive than it might seem.


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