Light Armor

Light Armor
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Base Caster Level Talents
1 +0 +2 +0 +2 Aura, Casting, Channel Energy 1d6, Divine Petitioner, Sphere Domains, Energy Focus, Spell Pool +1 0(2)
2 +1 +3 +0 +3 +2 1
3 +2 +3 +1 +3 Channel Energy 2d6 +3 1
4 +3 +4 +1 +4 +4 2

Padded: This type of armor is made from layering several sheets of thick, durable cloth, reinforced with additional padding in between each layer. Basic suits of quilted armor come in the form of a jacket or doublet which covers the torso and arms, but suits covering the whole body are also common. Quilted armor is worn as proper armor itself by many common infantrymen, though it is also often worn underneath chain or plate to cushion the wearer and provide extra protection. It is one of the oldest forms of armor, and also one of the cheapest, and thus can be found in use nearly anywhere in the world.

Leather: To create this type of armor, leather is hardened through a process which involves boiling in oil. The leather is then formed into solid pieces if in whole sheets, or cut into small pieces and sewn together to form lamellar. Leather armors can cover only the abdomen, or can be composed of full suits including arm and leg protection. Boiled leather is quite effective at turning away lighter attacks, but will not hold up to much more. It is sometimes worn over shirts of quilt or chain as an extra layer of defense. Leather armor is common among the lower class, and is favored by vagabonds and foot soldiers alike.

Studded leather: Studded leather is a bit of a misnomer; it is a garment of fabric or leather, reinforced from within by plates of steel riveted to the fabric, giving the outward appearance of a studded suit. More expensive pieces can be made with richly-dyed fabrics with embroidery, the studs embossed with designs and arranged in visually appealing patterns.

Chain Shirt: Composed of thousands of small links of steel woven together, chain shirts cover only the torso and biceps of the wearer. Chain mail is exceptionally common due to the balance of protection, flexibility, and affordability it provides.

Scale: This armor is composed of overlapping rows of small platelets of metal over a backing of cloth or leather.

Chainmail: This longer version of a chain shirt extends to the wrists and knees of the wearer.

Breastplate: Covering only the torso, a breastplate is typically made from a single plate of steel or bronze. Quilt, leather or chain is sometimes worn underneath, though in antiquity the breastplate was worn by itself. Gauntlets, greaves, and a helmet are common supplements to the limited protection of the plate.

Splinted Mail: This armor is composed of several steel platelets or strips attached to a backing of chain or quilt.

Half-Plate: Not so much a type of armor on its own, half-plate is merely any combination of plate and other armor. This can be a breastplate with plate gauntlets and greaves worn over chain or quilt, or chain with additional plate protection on the arms and legs, for example.

Plate: Complete suits of plate armor encase the wearer in a second skin of steel. Plate armor is nigh invulnerable to most weaponry, requiring the opponent to strike at the few weak spots in the armor or grapple the wearer into submission to strike at their vital areas.


Type Cost Shield Bonus Max Dex Bonus Armor Check Penalty Spell Failure Chance Weight
Buckler +1 -1 5% 2 lbs
Light wooden +1 +4 -1 10% 5-10 lbs
Heavy wooden +2 +3 -2 15% 10-20 lbs
Tower shield +3 +2 -5 50% 15-20 lbs

Buckler: The buckler is a small (8-15 inches in diameter) shield made of steel or other metals, and comes in a variety of shapes (the most common being circular, but ovular and rectangular are not uncommon). The buckler is quite effective in melee combat, especially for swordplay, being light and intuitive to use, and can deflect blows or be used as a punching weapon. Its small size however renders it effectively useless against missile or other ranged weapons, and the wielder does not gain the shield’s bonus when defending against such attacks.

Light wooden: This type of shield can come in many shapes and designs, but all have the same basic construction, being made of several planks or sheets of wood glued together and often reinforced with leather and/or steel accents. Light wooden shields are designed to provide adequate protection while still being easy to carry and maneuver.

Heavy wooden: Like light shields, heavy shields come in many varieties, but are constructed using the same components. Heavy shields exchange maneuverability for protection, and often cover a large portion of the wielder’s body at the cost of being able to easily move the shield.

Tower shield: Tower shields were designed to be used as mobile sources of cover for archers or crossbowmen, who are vulnerable while reloading their weapons. This is done by planting the shield into the ground with iron spikes running along the bottom edge of the shield, or via hinged wooden legs built into the back. In some cases a “shield groom” holds the shield instead. Despite this, there are some who carry the tower shield into melee combat, and have devised effective tactics for use of such.

While being used in melee combat, a tower shield provides the indicated shield bonus to your Defense. When employing a tower shield in combat, you take a –2 penalty on attack rolls due to the shield’s encumbrance. As a standard action, however, you can use a tower shield to grant you and up to one adjacent ally total cover until the beginning of your next turn. When using a tower shield in this way, you must choose one edge of your space. That edge is treated as a solid wall for attacks targeting you and your designated ally only. You and your ally gain total cover for attacks that pass through this edge and no cover for attacks that do not pass through this edge (see Combat). The shield does not, however, provide cover against targeted spells; a spellcaster can cast a spell on you by targeting the shield you are holding. You cannot bash with a tower shield, nor can you use your shield hand for anything else.

When not using the shield in melee combat, you can instead choose to deploy a tower shield. To do so you must choose one edge of your space. That edge is treated as a solid wall for attacks targeting you only. You gain total cover for attacks passing through this edge, and no cover for attacks that do not pass through this edge. The tower shield cannot be moved or used in melee combat while deployed. Deploying or undeploying a tower shield requires a standard action.

Special Materials

Wicker: A shield made of wicker reduces its total hardness, weight, and HP by half, but also reduces its average cost by half.


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