Medium Armour

From World of Charun

The Everyday Armour

Medium armour offers, as the name reveals, medium protection. It is manageable enough to wear most of the time, as well as useful in battle, making it popular amongst most warriors, except perhaps those relying greatly on their agility in a fight. Below different variations are listed, but those are not all. There are an endless amount of differing suits of armour in Charun and the only way of learning about them is through visiting the world!

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MEDIUM ARMOUR DR Slash DR Bludg DR Pierc Arm Check Move Arc Fail Bdb HP DC
Leather Lamellar 2d4 2d2 2d3 -5 90% 25% -1 xx xx
Chitin Coat 2d5 2d3 2d3 -6 85% 40% -1 xx xx
Brigandine 2d6 2d2 2d6 -2 95% 10% -1 xx xx
Scale Jerkin 2d4 2d2 2d8 -3 90% 15% -1 xx xx
Mail Hauberk 2d6 2d2 2d3 -5 95% 15% -1 xx xx
Heavy Mail 2d8 2d3 2d3 -6 90% 15% -1 xx xx
Padded Mail 2d8 2d4 2d4 -4 90% 15% -1 xx xx
Breastplate 2d8 2d2 2d6 -5 90% 20% -1 xx xx


Leather Lamellar:
This variation of leather scale armor uses a series of narrow, elongated leather plates which are sewn to each other (rather than to a backing as is standard for scale armor) with stout silk or rawhide laces. The resulting armor tends to hang from the body in ways that would displease an acrobat, but is very comfortable to wear for extended periods, and is quite easy to maintain.

Chitin Coat:
Certain creatures such as large insects have skins of chitin, which can be made into large sheets and molded just as horn can be molded and shaped. A coat with pieces of chitin sewn to it makes for an effective, albeit primitive, defense that requires almost no maintenance at all.


A sophisticated armor, brigandine is a form of scale armor, with the plates riveted to the inside of an outer foundation garment. They range from cheap armors made with palm-sized plates, to highly-sophisticated suits made of hundreds of small overlapping rectangular plates no larger than one's little finger. While the better suits can be finicky to repair, they offer good protection and mobility.

Scale Jerkin:
The standby of city guards, a scale jerkin consists of slightly-curved sheets of metal sewn, stapled, or riveted to a foundation garment of cloth, leather, or felt. It is cheap, affordable, and very easy to maintain, repair, and even customize. The protection provided isn't shabby, either. Numerous grizzled veterans who have survived extended campaigns prefer it for precisely that reason.


Mail Hauberk:
A more protective version of the mail shirt, a mail hauberk covers the torso, hips and upper legs. It provides great protection from swords and slashing instruments, reasonable defense against arrows -- but little against a warmace or heavy bludgeon.

Heavy Mail:

Padded Mail:
Padded mail has less in common with a mail shirt than one might guess. It is padded and heavier, an incoming blow must displace the weight of many mail links in order to crack a sternum or rib, making this a far better option against an angry mob with maces and morning-stars. On the other hand, a well-made suit of mail is still designed predominantly against the cut, and provides excellent cut resistance.


At first glance, it's hard to see why anyone wouldn't want to wear a breastplate on campaign: a single layer of rigid material covering the front and back of the torso, from neckline to short ribs, is an admirable defense.
As any veteran can tell you, however, that protection comes at a price. A breastplate is, by definition, stiff, and gets in the way of your movement. Because the protection is completely rigid, it must leave gaps at the upper shoulders and armpits, and also does not cover the waist and hips, making those areas easy to target -- this is why heavy plate armors developed in the first place. Also, bludgeoning strikes to the lower torso and near the neckline are poorly absorbed by breastplates -- it's better than nothing, but a far cry from the protection enjoyed by those who choose to bear the weight of heavier harness.

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