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Weapons & Armor

"You’re only as good as your blade… or hammer…or spear…or bow… or whatever…"

Weapon Proficiency

Being proficient with a weapon implies a level of training and familiarity beyond that of an average person. While anyone can pick up a sword and swing it, a proficient wielder understands the balance of the blade, edge alignment as a blow lands, and how far their blade can reach at any moment.

 

  • If you are NOT Proficient with a weapon, you suffer a -2 penalty on Attack Rolls and any other checks or maneuvers made using that weapon. The weapon can only score a 20/x2 Critical Hit if you are not proficient.

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Weapon Categories

Weapons are sorted into categories based on purpose, training, and size.

 

  • Melee Weapons are designed and intended to be wielded in hand-to-hand combat.

  • Ranged Weapons are designed and intended to strike a target well beyond your natural reach.


​Simple Weapon: Simple weapons are easy to build and require little training to use effectively. They usually deal only one type of damage and threaten critical hits much less frequently than martial weapons. 

  • All PC and NPC classes are proficient with simple weapons. 

Martial Weapon: Martial weapons are the hardy weapons of war used by most armies and warriors. These weapons require a decent level of training and are exceptionally lethal. Many martial weapons have special designs that allow them to pierce armor, deal extra damage, or be used for certain tactical maneuvers.


Light Weapon: Small, nimble weapons that are suited to agile fighters and extremely close combat. Light weapons are held and wielded in one hand and are the easiest weapons to conceal or use in an off-hand. 

 

  • Drawing or sheathing a Light Weapon may be done as a Little Action (Provokes AOO). 

  • A Strike with a Light Weapon deals damage as a Basic Attack. (Weapon+STRMod)

  • All light weapons are finesse weapons. Light Weapons cannot be swung in a two-handed manner.
     

1-Handed Weapon: Weapons suited for battlefield use that can also be carried or worn without much hassle. 

  • Designed for use in one hand, these weapons leave a hand free to wield a shield or hold other items. 

  • Drawing or sheathing a 1-Handed Weapon may be done as a Little Action (Provokes AOO)

  • A strike with a 1-Handed Weapon deals damage as a Basic Attack. (Weapon+STRMod)
    Many 1-handed weapons may be swung in a 2-handed manner to strike as a Heavy Attack. 

2-Handed Weapon: These are large weapons of war, designed for use on the battlefield in open areas. When carried about during travel, the weapon may be held in only one hand, but in combat you must use both hands to attack properly. You may switch your hold on a weapon from 1 to 2 hands (or vice versa) as a Free Action.

  • Drawing a 2-Handed Weapon may be done as a Little Action (Provokes AOO)

  • Sheathing a 2-Handed Weapon is a Big Action. Some of these weapons are too large to be sheathed. 

  • A strike with a 2-Handed Melee Weapon deals damage as a Heavy Attack. (Weapon+[STRModx1.5])
         Ex: A character with 18 STR (+4 STRMod) wielding a Greatsword deals 2d6+6 damage (2d6+[4x1.5])

Finesse Weapon: Weapons with the Finesse property allow a player to use their DEXMod instead of their STRMod when making melee Attack Rolls. All light weapons are considered finesse weapons.
     -Without the Finesse property, you must use your STRMod for Attack Rolls with melee weapons.

 

Thrown Weapon: A weapon thrown using only the power of your arms; deals damage as a Basic Attack.

Ranged Weapon: Ranged weapons send deadly projectiles long distances, generally relying on mechanical advantage to add power beyond that of a throwing weapon. Ranged Weapons deal only the listed weapon damage; your STRMod does not alter Ranged Attack damage. Reloading a Ranged Weapon provokes AOO.
 

Weapon Categories

Material: M = Metal, W = Wood, WH = Wood Hafted


Damage: Your weapon deals this much damage on a successful hit.

  • Light & One-Handed Attacks add +STRMod to damage    (negative STRMod is not applied)

  • Two-Handed Weapons add +(1.5xSTRMod) to damage    (negative STRMod is not applied)
     

Critical: Critical Threat / Critical Multiplier
If you roll a Nat20 on your Attack Roll, your damage can be multiplied x2 as a Critical Hit. Some weapons may show extra numbers (like “19-20”) meaning they can score Critical Hits if you roll a 19 or 20 on your attack. Weapons that show a bigger multiplier (like “x3”) deal even more damage when you score a Critical hit.

Throw Range: The thrown Range Increment. If none is listed, the weapon cannot be thrown properly.

  • Thrown Ranged attacks beyond the listed Range Increment suffer a -2 penalty per extra increment.
     

Weight: How much the weapon weighs in pounds.

Damage Type: Weapons can deal slashing [s], piercing [p], or bludgeoning [b] physical damage.    

  • Some weapons can deal either one of two types of damage [s/p]. Choose before you strike.

  • Some weapons deal two types of damage at the same time [s+b]. Choose the best option after you strike.

  • Some weapons have multiple striking options on the head of the weapon. The optional striking heads are indicated as “A” and “B,” followed by appropriate details. All weapon damage is Physical Damage.
     

Full details on using weapons to attack and deal damage are found in Ch 9 - Attacks & Dealing Damage, p???

 

Cost: The Merchant Price in GP. (A weapon purchased from a store or smith includes a simple sheath)

 

Special Traits & Info: Any weapon traits, special abilities, or additional details may be listed here.

-All Weapon Statistics in the tables are for a Medium Sized wielder (unless indicated otherwise).

Simple Weapons - Melee

Simple Melee - Light

Simple Melee - One-Handed

Simple Melee - Two-Handed

Weapon costs may vary in certain areas or societies. If metals are uncommon, wooden, stone, or obsidian may be much cheaper and much more common. (GM Discretion)

NOTE - Weapons dealing other types of damage: Weapons indicate the damage type normally inflicted by the weapon. However, weapons may be able to deal a different type of damage if wielded in a different manner. 

    -Ex: Any weapon with a sharpened blade could be used to deal Slashing (S) damage, a pointed end could deal Piercing (P) damage, and a haft, pommel, crossguard, or hilt could be used to deal Bludgeoning (B) damage.

    -At the GM’s discretion, weapons may be used to deal a feasible alternative damage type by taking a -2 Attack Penalty. The strike deals damage as if 2 size categories smaller, and only scores a critical hit of 20/x2.

 

Weapon Traits – List & Explanations

Anti-Armor: Grants a +1 Gear Bonus on Attack Rolls against foes in Medium or Heavy Armor (Natural AR5+)

-Strikes bypass the Damage Resistance of armors listed as having DR/AA

-If made of adamantine, these weapons also bypass DR/AAA

Anti-Shield: +1 Gear Bonus on Attack Rolls against enemies wielding shields & +1 against Active Parry attempts.

 

Carried: This weapon cannot be “stowed” or “sheathed” in any way. It must always be carried in your hands. Most pole weapons may be used like walking sticks while traveling.

-These weapons may be tied onto pack carriages and saddles upon larger creatures such as horses.

 

Close Threat: This trait can only be found on Reach weapons. A Close Threat Reach weapon does not suffer the standard -4 penalty for attacks within your Natural Reach.

 

Cumbersome: You suffer a -2 Mobility Penalty any time you have the weapon; wielded or stored. These weapons are large and difficult to maneuver, or perhaps just easily catch on things while you move.

 

Deadly Grapple: This weapon grants a +2 Gear Bonus on Wrestling Checks when used to “Deal damage in a Grapple” (but not for starting a grapple). When dealing damage in a grapple, it deals the listed amount of damage.

 

Disarm: If an enemy attacks you with a wielded melee weapon and rolls a Nat1, you may spend a Reaction with this weapon to attempt a Disarm Wrestling Maneuver against them. Your Wrestling Check opposed by enemy Wrestling/Acrobatics. If you win, they drop their weapon OR you may grab it if you have a free hand.

 

Dismount: This weapon grants a +2 Gear Bonus on any check to Dismount a foe. If you strike a Mounted Rider with this weapon, you may spend a Reaction to attempt to Dismount them: Roll a Wrestling Check opposed by their Ride check. If your Wrestling check wins, the foe is dismounted. If the Ride check wins, nothing else happens. 

 

Double: A character proficient with a Double weapon can elect to strike with either end of the weapon whenever they make an Attack Roll. Double weapons are 2-handed weapons which normally deal damage as Heavy Attacks.

-Fighting Defensively with a Double Weapon grants a Shield Rating of 1.

-Attacks with alternating ends of a Double Weapon only suffer a -1 Consecutive Attack Penalty (-1 C.A.P.)

-Any enchantment applied to a Double Weapon applies to both ends of the weapon.

-Each striking portion of the weapon may be made of different special materials (If plausible: GM Discretion)

-Stats for each end of the weapon are indicated as “A” and “B,” followed by appropriate details.

 

Expert: The extra weapon traits or abilities listed after this trait are only available to characters who have specially trained in the use of this weapon.

 

Fearsome: Grants a +2 Gear Bonus on Intimidate checks against creatures your size or smaller. Similar sized creatures also wielding Fearsome weapons ignore this bonus.

 

Feint: You gain a +2 Gear Bonus on Bluff checks made to Feint in Combat with this weapon.

 

Finesse: You may elect to use your DEXMod instead of your STRMod when making melee Attack Rolls with this weapon. All light weapons are Finesse weapons. (Without the Finesse property, you must use your STRMod.)

Impact: This weapon gains a +1 Gear Bonus to Knockdown DC and +1 against Active Parry rolls. (Ch9.2e)

    *The Knockdown trait is a more powerful version of this trait. They cannot both be applied to a single weapon.

 

Impale: If an arrow, crossbow bolt, thrown javelin, or thrown spear deals at least 5 damage, the target suffers a -1 penalty on d20 rolls for 1 Turn. Target may spend a Reaction to attempt a DC15 FORT Save to remove this penalty. 

-Creatures of bigger size categories are unaffected.

-Penalty is not cumulative. (Penalty does not stack for multiple strikes in a turn)

 

Infiltrator: Grants a +4 Gear Bonus on Sleight of Hand checks to hide it on your person, and Spot checks to find the hidden weapon add +4DC. An Infiltrator Weapon may be secretly drawn and held in hand for 1 round without being noticed using a special Sleight of Hand check.

 

Knockdown: This weapon adds +2 Knockdown DC (Gear Bonus) and it causes Knockdown against creatures of the same size category as the attacker. (See Momentum of Impact, Ch9.5e. Knockdown is resisted by Wrestling or Acrobatics)

-Knockdown weapons also provide a +2 Gear Bonus on Attack Rolls against Active Parry attempts.

Large Space Needed: These weapons require a large area of motion to be used effectively.  You suffer a -4 penalty when using these weapons in areas without ample free space (house, hallway, cave, etc).

-The amount of free space you need is determined by your size. A character standing in a clear hex with a ceiling & width of at least the following will ignore these penalties: Small: 6’ ceiling / Medium: 10’ ceiling / Large: 15’ ceiling

-This penalty may also appear if fighting in a dense jungle or a tomb full of close-packed stone statues. Thin corridors can also cause this penalty, subject to the GMs discretion. This penalty is not applied just for being on horseback.

 

Light Strikes: These weapons deal damage through precision instead of brute strength. Only half of your STRMod is added to weapon damage. They can never strike as Heavy Attacks and cannot cause Knockdown.

 

MinSTRXX: A Strength of XX is required to wield the weapon properly. A player with lower strength suffers a -4 penalty to all attacks with this weapon. 

-Weapons for Small Size wielders reduce MinSTR by 2. Large sized weapons increase MinSTR by 2.

 

Off-Balance: Anyone wielding this weapon suffers a -1 AC Penalty and -1 Attack Roll Penalty. If you miss on an Attack Roll with this weapon, you Provoke AOO. (Striking a shield does not count as a miss.)

 

Parry+X: If proficient, this weapon grants a +X Gear Bonus to any Active Parry Roll. 

 

Reach (For Medium & Large Size creatures): Increases your Melee Reach by +5 feet beyond your Natural Reach. Attacks made with a Reach Weapon at foes within 5 feet suffer a -4 penalty on Attack Rolls.

    *Ex: For a human: You gain 10-foot Melee Reach. Striking a foe only 5 feet away suffers a -4 Attack Penalty.

 

Reach (For Small Size Creatures): Increase your Melee Reach by +5 feet. However, attacks against foes 10 feet away suffer a -2 Attack Penalty (as you must lunge to reach this far). You do not suffer penalties against foes within 5 feet. (This functions effectively as a medium size creature wielding a weapon with the “Semi-Reach” property.)

 

Reach (For Huge+ Creatures): increases Melee Reach by +10 feet. Attacks made with a Reach Weapon at foes within 10 feet suffer a -4 penalty on Attack Rolls.

 

Semi-Reach (For Medium & Large Size creatures): You may use this weapon to make an AOO against an opponent who uses a Big Action to enter a hex you threaten. (Enemy provokes AOO for entering your threatened area.)

 

Semi-Reach (For Small Size or smaller creatures): You may use this weapon to make an AOO against an opponent your size or smaller who uses a Big Action to enter a hex you threaten. 

 

Space Needed: These weapons are either large or require a large area of motion to be used effectively.  You suffer a -2 penalty when using these weapons in areas without ample free space (house, hallway, cave, etc).  

-The amount of free space you need is determined by your size. A character standing in a clear hex with a ceiling & width of at least the following will ignore these penalties: Small: 5’ ceiling / Medium: 8’ ceiling / Large: 12’ ceiling

-This penalty may also be applied in a dense jungle or a tomb full of close-packed stone statues. Thin corridors can also cause this penalty, as subject to the GMs discretion. Smaller creatures require less space due to smaller weapons!

-A spear or other thrust-only weapon may avoid this penalty if the area in front of and behind the character is clear, such as a spearman defending the entrance to a tunnel. This penalty is not applied just for being on horseback.

 

Sunder: If you have STR 13+, this weapon deals an additional +2 damage to shields and other objects.

Reminder: If you attack an enemy wielding a shield with a Sunder weapon and miss by an amount less than or equal to their Shield Rating, your attack strikes their shield. Roll damage for your attack normally, subtract Hardness, and the remaining damage applies to the shield. If the shield is destroyed, any additional damage is lost. A strike that damages the shield is not considered a “miss” for purposes of Feats or abilities that activate on missed attacks.

*Only 1-handed or larger weapons that deal bludgeon [b] and/or slash [s] damage may have the Sunder property.

 

Trip: Grants a +2 Gear Bonus on Wrestling Checks when used to attempt a Trip Maneuver.

 

Melee Weapons – Weapon Descriptions

 

Simple Melee Weapons – Light

Baton (Escrima Stick): A straight, well-balanced, hardwood stick capable of quick strikes. (24-30” / 60-76cm)

 

Dagger: A short, light blade most often used as a tool or last-resort weapon. It can be curved or straight, single-or double edged, but nearly always comes to a wicked stabbing tip. (12-18” / 30-46cm)

Hatchet (Handaxe, Tomahawk): A short wooden haft with an axe head, decently balanced for thrown attacks, deadly in close combat, and useful as a hammer or chopping tool while adventuring. (18-24” / 46-61cm)

-A blacksmith’s hammer or small pickaxe can use these stats with Bludgeoning or Piercing damage, respectively.

 

Knife: The classic small blade, more of a tool than a weapon, but capable of lethal strikes. (Under 12” / 30cm)

Sickle (Kama, Kukri, Khopesh): This farming tool has a short wooden haft with a hooked, single-edged blade that tapers to a point, making it an effective weapon. (12-18” / 30-46cm)  

-A weapon such as a kukri or khopesh may use these stats; they are made entirely of metal.

 

Tonfa: A wooden baton with a perpendicular handle placed about 4-6 inches away from the end of the shaft, allowing powerful punches, blocking, hooking maneuvers, and traditional baton strikes. (16-22” / 41-56cm)

 

Simple Melee Weapons – One-Handed

Club: A hardwood shaft weighted at one end for solid blows. DC5 Craft[Woodwork] to make. (24-36” / 60-92cm)

 

Javelin: A short, thin spear with a tapered haft designed primarily as a throwing weapon. (48-60” / 122-152cm)

 

Mace: This all-metal weapon has metal shaft and hefty striking end, generally with flanges or other protrusions used to transfer massive amounts of energy to armored foes and shields. (18-30” / 46-76cm)

    -A wood-hafted mace with metal striking head can be made for only 5gp and weight of 3 pounds.

 

Shortspear: A wooden haft with a metal stabbing tip for one-handed melee and thrown attacks. The shortspear may be wielded in a two-handed fashion to make powerful thrusting attacks. (48-66” / 18-168cm)

Simple Melee Weapons – Two-Handed

Spear: A long wooden haft with a metal stabbing tip, used to keep foes at bay and quickly deal devastating thrusts. While used mainly in two hands, a spear may be thrown with one hand, and may be wielded in one hand when mounted, though it cannot be used to make AOO while doing so. (84”-108” / 213-274cm)

-If guarding a long, thin area where thrusting is possible, the Spear may ignore the Space Needed penalties.

 

Quarterstaff (Bo Staff): A straight, hardwood staff. (60-96” / 152-244cm)

 

Greatclub: Just a giant, wooden club that provides powerful impact. (40-54” / 102-137cm)

Martial Melee Weapons – Light

9-Section Whip-Chain (Rope Dart): A handle with a series of 9 sections of short metal bars linked together with a weighted dart at the end, this weapon collapses into a seemingly innocuous fist-sized ball of metal. The whirling strikes and quick jabs with the dart are deceptive and difficult to block. (55-60” / 138-152cm)

 

Cutlass (Machete, Wakizashi): A fairly short blade with a single, curved edge that excels at slashing strikes in close-quarters combat. The cutlass has a substantial hand guard, while the machete and wakizashi have little or no guard. When designed for combat, these weapons always possess a stabbing tip. (22-32” / 56-81cm)

 

Elven Thinblade*F: An ultra-light, needle of a blade with an ornate yet functional hand guard and extended quillons. The blade is long for such a light weapon and is only capable of piercing strikes. (32-36” / 81-91cm)

    -This weapon may only be made of mithral. This means it is always considered a Masterwork Weapon (+1 Enhance Bonus to Attack, may be enchanted). Merchant Price: 220gp. This weapon benefits from Feats that apply to the Smallsword.

 

Gnome Boot-Blades*F: This unique Gnomish weapon is a pair of boots with retractable blades hidden in the toes, allowing you to make Melee Attacks with your feet. The boot-blades come as a pair, taking up the “feet” Equip Slot. You may extend or retract the hidden blade with a Swift Action using a simple movement of the foot. 

-You suffer a -5’ Land Move Speed penalty while the blades are extended. While the blade is hidden, it is nearly impossible to distinguish these from regular boots. (Small Size Blade = 2.5” / 6cm)

-If grappled, you may make kicking strikes using a normal Attack Roll against any foe grappling you (instead of opposed Wrestling checks) until they specifically restrain your feet.

-Stats shown are for a Small Size wearer, but they may be made for medium creatures if desired.

-A wielder with the Unarmed Combat Feat gains +1 damage to any kick strike made while using boot-blades, and the damage type becomes [b+p]. Crafting Boot-Blades is difficult (Mechanisms DC20).

-Boot-Blades may be enchanted as boots or as a weapon, but not both. 

    -Expert: If you extend the blade and immediately attack an adjacent foe, they are Flat-Footed against your attack. Once a foe knows you have these blades, this ability cannot be used against them.

 

Nunchaku: A pair of short wooden rods combined with a length of rope, chain, or leather. While easy to make, using them in combat requires a fair level of training. While fairly innocuous and easy to conceal when folded, they can deliver powerful blows thanks to angular momentum. (12” / 30cm per rod, total length: 28” / 71cm)

 

Sai (Tjabang, Jitte): About the size of a dagger, a sai is a solid metal bar with either a single or double-pronged guard curving outward, a sai is excellent at parrying and catching enemy weapons. While designed for blunt impacts, the tip of an adventuring Sai is generally sharpened to allow piercing strikes. (16-22” / 41-56cm)

-A Main Gauche (Parrying Dagger) can use the same stats with piercing or slashing damage instead.

Shortsword (Gladius, Jian, Xiphos): A light blade with single or double edge and a stabbing tip. Its smaller size and light, balanced form make it a trusted weapon for quick or stealthy adventurers. (24-34” / 61-86cm)

Martial Melee Weapons – One-Handed

Arming Sword (Viking Sword, Spatha, Broadsword): A long yet well-balanced and nimble one-handed blade, commonly with a symmetrical body, crossguard, double edge, and a stabbing tip. (34-46” / 86-117cm)

 

Battleaxe: A sturdy wooden haft with a small striking axe head designed for cutting flesh and breaking bones. These generally only have one striking surface, but may be dual-bitted if desired. (20-30” / 51-76cm)

 

Dwarven Warhammer*F: An all-metal version of the traditional warhammer, with an even heftier bludgeoning head. This weapon requires more strength to wield properly, but packs a massive punch. (24-36” / 61-91cm)

 

Dwarven Waraxe*F: A stout and sturdy, all-metal battleaxe with a massive striking head. (24-36” / 61-91cm)

 

Elven Longblade*F: A strangely long, yet light, needle of a blade with an ornate yet functional hand guard and extended quillons, designed strictly for one-handed use. It is only capable of piercing strikes. (46-54” / 117-137cm)

-This weapon may only be made of mithral. This means it is always considered a Masterwork Weapon (+1 Enhance Bonus to Attack, may be enchanted). Merchant Price: 350gp. This weapon benefits from Feats that apply to the Rapier.

 

Flail (Ball & Chain): A hardwood haft with a short length of chain attached to a solid metal weight with flanges or other protrusions, using torque and leverage to generate massive impacts. The weighted chain requires a good deal of strength to maintain control. (Haft+Chain: 24+8” – 30+12” / 61+20cm – 76+30cm)

 

Gnome Tortoise Blade*F: A small tortoise shell fused with a double-edged blade extending out from the head portion of the shell. A proficient wielder gains a Shield Rating of 1 while using this weapon. Feats and abilities that benefit or enhance Shield Rating apply to the Tortoise Blade user. This item may be enchanted as a weapon or shield, but not both. (Medium Size: 12” Shield+12” Blade = 24” / 30cm Shield + 30cm blade = 60cm)

    -These stats may also be used for a weapon such as a Gladiator’s Scissor or Pata, which is made entirely from metal that encompasses the upper arm and hand, although the blades have varying shapes and lengths.

 

Macuahuitl (Obsidian Razor Club): A large, flat, wooden club with obsidian blades around the striking edge of the weapon. These razor-sharp blades can leave wicked, bleeding wounds. This weapon requires Obsidian, and may become tattered with use (See Obsidian, Ch7.6b). Crafting and repairing a macuahuitl is done using the Craft(Stonework) Skill. If the obsidian is broken, the weapon functions as a Club. (24-39” / 61-99cm)

    -This may be made using Craft(Woodwork) & shark teeth in place of obsidian, but it does not cause the Bleed effect.

 

Orcish Cleaver*F: Essentially a massive, sharpened rectangle of metal with a handle. The heft of this weapon causes devastating damage, but also imposes a -1 penalty on all Attack Rolls. (36-48” / 91-122cm)

    -This weapon cannot be made of Mithral; the light weight destroys the weapons effectiveness.

 

Rapier: A long, thin sword intended mainly for quick thrusting strikes against unarmored foes. The well-guarded hilt is designed strictly for one-handed use. (40-50” / 102-127cm)

Scimitar (Dao, Falchion, Tulwar, Saber, Messer): A curved, single-edged blade that specializes in slashing strikes. While intended for one-handed use, some designs also allow for two-handed strikes. (34-40” / 86-102cm)

 

Warhammer: A solid, often reinforced wooden haft with a two-sided metal striking head. The front side is blunt, while the rear side tapers into robust pick-like point. Both sides have small striking areas, which concentrate massive amounts of force on impact, making them highly effective against armored foes. (20-32” / 61-81cm)

Martial Melee Weapons – Two-Handed

 

3-Section Staff: Three lengths of sturdy hardwood connected by short links of chain or rope. This allows the weapon to be wielded as two batons connected by a central section, or whipped about as a long flail, and creates numerous opportunities for weapon traps and binds. (Each Section 24-28”/ 61-71cm, Overall 78-92”/ 198-234cm)

Dane Axe (Viking Longaxe): This long, wood-hafted axe is a brutal weapon that is deceptively quick. The axe head is notably thinner than standard axe heads, with a much longer striking surface. The thin blade is honed to razor sharpness that gives the weapon devastating slicing capabilities. (46-54” / 117-137cm)

Elven Double Saber*F: A wooden haft with a single-edged sword blade on both ends. A small guard is located where each blade attaches to the haft. The haft accounts for half of the weapon’s length. (70-74” / 178-188cm)

Flail, Pole: This weapon uses the standard flail head mounted upon a longer haft, making it more effective against mounted foes, while still providing the rotational acceleration of the flail. (36+12”-50+18” / 91+20cm-127+46cm) 

Great Scimitar (Kriegsmesser, O-Dachi): This large, curved, single edged blade delivers ferocious slashing cuts. (42-50” / 107-127cm)

Glaive (Naginata, Guandao): A polearm with a single-edged cutting blade that often possesses a stabbing tip. These weapons and have come in many shapes, names, and sizes throughout history (84-108” / 203-274cm)

Greatsword (Claymore / Zweihander): An enormous sword used to keep groups of enemies at bay with devastating sweeping cuts and thrusts beyond the reach of standard swords. European versions are generally straight, double-edged blades with a crossguard, often with an unsharpened portion (ricasso) along the base of the blade and to allow various grip techniques. (50-78” / 127-198cm)

 

Halberd (Bill): A polearm with an axe-like slashing and hooking blade, as well as a long, reinforced spike for brutal thrusting attacks. Various shapes and designs have been seen throughout history. (84-96” / 213-244cm)

-If guarding a long, thin area where thrusting is possible, the Halberd suffers only Space Needed penalties for piercing attacks.

 

Heavy Greataxe*F: This weapon has a massive single or double-bitted axe head upon a thick, sturdy wooden haft. This terrifying weapon is capable of shattering shields and bones in a single blow. (42-48” / 107-122cm)

 

Heavy Mace (War Club, Tetsubo): A giant, wooden club, reinforced with metal rivets, langets, or bands. The head of the weapon has added flanges or other protrusions to enhance effectiveness against armored foes. This may be made entirely of metal, increasing weight to 12 pounds. (40-54” / 102-137cm) 

Heavy Macuahuitl (Heavy Obsidian Razor Club): A larger version of the macuahuitl. (42-50” / 107-127cm)

 

Katana (Wodao): A curved, single-edged sword with a small handguard is designed for two-handed control and precise, clean cuts. An expert may wield a katana in 1 hand without the Finesse trait. (39-46” / 99-117cm)

 

Kusari-Gama (Kama & Chain, Shoge): A kama attached to a long chain capped by a solid metal weight. The weighted end can strike foes at a distance, while the kama is deadly in close. Each end of the weapon is wielded in a separate hand, so it only deals damage as Basic Attacks. (Kama: 12-18”/30-46cm, Chain 72-96” / 183-244cm.) 

 

Lance (Heavy Cavalry Spear): A reinforced spear with a specially designed haft that imparts maximum momentum into a target from a charging horse. It may be wielded in one hand when mounted, though you do not threaten AOO while doing so. While on foot, the lance is less effective than a traditional spear. (108-144” / 274-366cm)

 

Longsword: A well-balanced, double-edged sword capable of nimble strikes and good striking power. An expert may use a Longsword as a One-Handed weapon without the Finesse property (46-54” / 117-137cm) 

 

Maul (Greathammer): An all metal hafted weapon with a massive striking head. The metal haft is required to sustain massive impacts that would shatter a wooden haft. The sheer momentum of this weapon crushes shields and foes in armor, but also causes the wielder a -1 penalty to Attack Rolls and -1 AC. (36-48” / 91-122cm)

 

Orcish Double Axe*F: An all-metal weapon with a broad-bladed axe head on either end of the haft. Experts can use the long haft to strike foes at a moderate distance. (70-74” / 178-188cm)

 

Orcish Mega-Cleaver*F: An enormous, sharpened rectangle of metal with a two-handed handle, often with a circle or pattern of metal removed from the blade to “make it lighter.” The mega-cleaver can easily split a horse in twain, but the massive heft also causes the wielder a -1 penalty to Attack Rolls and -1 AC. (48-56” / 122-142cm)

    -This weapon cannot be made of Mithral; the light weight destroys the weapons effectiveness.

 

Pollaxe (Bec de Corbin, Lucerne Hammer): Although called a pollaxe, this is essentially a very long warhammer combined with a reinforced thrusting spike in line with the haft. If you desire, the hammer head may be swapped out for an axe head that deals (1d10/x3 [s+b]) damage, gains Sunder, but loses Anti-Armor. The haft end of this weapon may have a metal spike which allows it to deal piercing damage with the Haft Strike Feat. (54-72” / 137-183cm)

 

Ranseur (Partisan, Trident): An evolution of the spear, this polearm’s main thrusting head has additional protrusions that may be used for catching riders and manipulating enemy weapons. (84-96” / 213-244cm)

-If guarding a long, thin area where thrusting is possible, the Ranseur may ignore the Space Needed penalties.

 

Slingstaff: A stout wooden haft about the length of your body with a simple notch, string, and leather pouch at one end. A slingstaff designed for an adventurer usually has a removable spear-like head on the bottom, allowing thrusting strikes if needed (Big Action to apply/remove). A proficient wielder may load the sling as fast as they can normally attack. The staff strikes as a two-handed, double melee weapon (Side A/B), while the sling serves as a thrown-style ranged weapon (Side C). This weapon is a favorite of spritelings. (60-72” / 152-183cm)

*F: A weapon with this annotation either does not exist as a real weapon in history, or it is so unique or difficult to construct or wield that it never became well established. The weapon has been added for sheer fantasy enjoyment!

Throwing Melee Weapons (Thrown Weapons)

Thrown Weapon: Melee weapons that indicate a Throw Range may be thrown as a ranged weapon attack. Thrown weapon are generally most effective just outside of melee range, usually within 10-20 feet.

-Thrown weapons have a maximum range of 5 Range Increments.

-A thrown weapon used at range deals damage as a Basic Attack, even if thrown with 2 hands.

-Throwing a Thrown Weapon does not Provoke AOO.

Strength and Throwing Weapons: Stronger characters can throw objects farther.

-Characters with a STR Score of 15+ multiply the weapon’s Range as indicated here:

    STR15-19: Range x1.5 / STR20-24: Range x3 / STR25-29: Range x4 / STR30: Range x5

 

 

Improvised Weapons

 

Improvised Weapon: Any sharp, heavy, or sturdy item not intentionally designed to be used as a weapon may be wielded as an improvised weapon. The most common such items are bar stools, sticks, rocks, and benches.

  • All characters capable of wielding Simple Weapons may also wield Improvised Weapons. 

  • Items that are very large, heavy, or more unwieldy may incur a more serious penalty at GM discretion.

  • While wielding an improvised weapon, you threaten your area and may make AOO.

  • An improvised weapon deals less damage than a true weapon and deals only 1 type of damage.

  • Max Improvised Damage at Medium Size: 1d3 (Light Weapon)/ 1d4 (1-handed)/1d6 (2-handed)

  • Items of similar shape & size should deal the same damage. Use the most logical damage type.

  • Most improvised weapons deal Bludgeoning Damage.

  • Improvised weapons have a 50% chance of breaking on a successful hit. 

  • At GM Discretion, some items may break as soon as they strike a hard surface, like a glass shard, while others may be remarkably sturdy, like a dwarven bar stool.

 Different Weapon Sizes: Weapons for Bigger & Smaller Creatures

The information presented for weapons in this book are normally for a medium-sized wielder and weapons matching their size. For characters and creatures of different sizes, use the information below to determine the proper damage for their weapons.

Generic Weapon Dice Size List:

1 🡪 1d2 🡪 1d3 🡪 1d4 🡪 1d6 🡪 1d8 🡪 1d10 🡪 2d6 🡪 2d8 🡪 3d6 🡪 3d8 🡪 3d10 🡪 4d8 🡪 4d10 🡪 4d12

If weapons get bigger, go to the right. If weapons get smaller, go to the left!

Ex: A medium size shortsword deals 1d6 damage. A small size shortsword deals 1d4 damage.

Any weapon that deals 1d12 damage goes up to 2d8 if larger and down to 1d10 if smaller.

Very Big Weapons: Going from Large to Huge (and larger) causes a 2-step increase in damage dice size.

Ex: 1d8 Medium Arming Sword increases to 1d10 at Large Size, but increases to 2d8 at Huge Size.

Weapon Cost at Different Size: For simplicity, weapons have the same cost at small & medium size. Small items use less material but require additional precision to make. Weapons made for Large Size creatures cost 2x Medium Size weapons.

-Small Size weapons are 1/3 the listed weight of medium. Large Size weapons are triple the listed weight.

 
 
 
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Ranged Weapons

Bows, Crossbows, and others

Reading the Ranged Weapon Table: 

Damage: The type of dice rolled to determine how much damage is dealt with a successful strike.

-Your Strength score does not affect the damage dealt with ranged weapons that use ammunition.

Critical: Critical Threat Range / Critical Multiplier -If only a multiplier is shown, weapon threatens critical on Nat20.

Range: The Range Increment -Ranged Attacks beyond the listed Range Increment suffer a -2 penalty per increment.

-A Ranged Weapon can be used to attack a target up to a maximum of 10 Range Increments away.

-A Thrown Weapon can be used to attack a target up to a maximum of 5 Range Increments away.

Weight: How much the weapon weighs in pounds.

Cost: The Merchant Price of the weapon in GP.

Special Traits & Info: Any weapon traits, special abilities, or additional details may be listed here

Ranged Weapons

Bows – Simple Ranged Weapons

Bows - Martial Ranged Weapons

*All Bows & Crossbows gain the Impale trait.

Other Ranged Weapons

Other – Simple Ranged Weapons

Other - Martial Ranged Weapons

Ranged Weapon Descriptions:

Bows: A wooden bow, sometimes enhanced with sinew and bone, that launches arrows

The body of a bow is made of wood. Some bows use bone or sinew to enhance their spring-like properties. 

-All bows deal Piercing Damage and use Arrows as Ammunition with the Impale trait.

-Loading a bow requires grabbing an arrow and placing it upon the string, which provokes AOO. (This is called “nocking an arrow”). This is done as part of the attack action used. 

-A bow shot is fairly quiet, requiring a base DC15 Listen check to hear.

-Longbows & Warbows cannot be used while mounted.

-If proficient, you may hold up to 3 arrows in your bow hand or draw hand (but not both) while still using your bow effectively.

 

Shortbow (X) & Longbow (X): All shortbows and longbows indicate a number in parentheses next to their name. This number indicates the STRMod needed to use the weapon properly, as well as the STRMod added to the damage of the weapon on a successful strike. A character without this Strength Modifier cannot use the bow. 

Proficiencies and Feats that apply to any Shortbow or Longbow apply to all weapons of that type.

  • -Training Bow, Shortbow (0), and Longbow (0) are Simple Weapons.

  • -Shortbow (1-2) and Shortbow, Composite (3-5) are Martial Weapons.

  • -Longbow (1-3) and Warbow (4-5) are Martial Weapons.

*Special: If STR16+, you may treat a shortbow(1) or longbow(1) as a Simple Weapon.

 

Longbow: A large bow able to launch arrows long distances. These bows are too large to be used effectively from horseback, within dense foliage, or indoors. This can represent a weapon such as the English Longbow, Yumi, or even a large Native American Flatbow. (56-74” / 142–188cm)

-If you like, a Japanese Yumi-style bow may be used from horseback, but it deals only 1d6 damage.

 

Warbow: An exceptionally powerful longbow requiring intense strength training to properly draw and shoot. Historically, this usually refers to the most powerful English longbows. (56-74” / 142–188cm)

 

Shortbow (Horsebow): A bow with compact size, able to be used effectively from horseback or within foliage. Shortbows are often called “Horsebows,” due to their ability to be used while mounted. 

 

Composite Shortbow (3-5): These powerful shortbows are made using bone and sinew with a recurve shape to enhance their spring-like properties. They are excellent weapons, but they are extremely difficult to craft and are less resistant to the elements than bows made of only wood. These stats represent weapons such as the bows famously used by the Mongolians, Turks, Huns, and Koreans throughout history. (40-56” / 102-142cm)

-These bows may become Tattered if subject to damage or overexposure to moisture or harsh elements. (GM Discretion)

 

Training Bow: A low-power shortbow used to train young archers. (36-50” / 91-127cm)

 

Bow Draw Weight as Compared to STRMod: The Draw Weight of a bow is how hard it is to pull back. Your maximum draw weight is equal to 1.5 times your Light Load. The draw weights for bows in LFG were designed to match historical archery quite well. The weakest “Longbow” in LFG has a 60-pound draw weight, a typical poundage used by traditional hunters. Historical English War Bows are easily represented using the Longbow(2-3) or Warbow (4-5) statistics. 

 

Other Ranged Weapons – Simple Weapons

Blowgun: A hollow shaft of bamboo that uses a burst of breath to project a small, needle-like dart. More suited to hunting small rodents and birds, crafty adventurers can take advantage of this silent weapon. (24-48” / 61-122cm)

  • -Special: You do NOT take any Penalty to Hide/Move Silently checks after making a Blowgun Attack.

  • -A blowgun shot is incredibly quiet, requiring a base DC20 Listen check to hear.

  • -All blowguns deal Piercing Damage and use Blow-Darts as Ammunition. 

 

Dart: Essentially a tiny javelin with fletching, these spear-tipped wooden rods can be thrown further than a dagger or knife. They can be held in bandoliers or up to 3 in one hand. (8-18” / 20-46cm) Darts do not break on impact.

 

Shuriken: Any small, sharp, metal throwing weapon, often found in straight or star-like designs. (3-6” / 8-15cm) 

Shuriken may be held up to 5 in a hand. Fit in a bandolier. You may throw 3 shuriken at one time to gain a +2 Innate Bonus on the Attack Roll, but damage is dealt by only 1 shuriken. Shuriken do not break on impact.

 

Thrown Rock: Use these stats for any decent sized rocks that a character can find and throw. Thrown rocks less than fist-size do not suffer any improvised weapon penalty. Bigger rocks are more difficult to throw and should be treated as improvised weapons. (GM Discretion)

Other Ranged Weapons – Martial Weapons

Atlatl: A short stick with a crook in the end used to increase the throwing speed of a javelin. Loading an atlatl is done as part of the action used to make the attack (Provokes AOO). 

Sling: A simple leather or cloth pouch on a length of string used to hurl small stones at very high speeds. While extremely simple in concept, mastering the aim and power of the sling requires lots of training. Loading a sling provokes AOO and may be done as part of the attack action. A loaded sling requires only one hand to attack.

  • -All slings deal Bludgeoning Damage and use Bullets or Stones as Ammunition

Staff Sling: A long staff of wood with a sling at the end, this leverage of this sling provides the user a more powerful throw using two hands. The staff may be used as a simple melee baton. (36-60” / 91-152cm)

Ammunition & Loading – Ranged Weapons:

Ammunition (Ammo) refers to the consumable projectiles that are launched by ranged weapons. 

Ammunition must be loaded into a ranged weapon before the weapon can be used to attack.

A quiver is the official “ammo holding pouch” in LFG, regardless of the exact ammo type.

 

Loading a ranged weapon occurs as part of the action used to make an attack. (Unless otherwise indicated) This involves getting the ammunition, placing it into the weapon, and making the weapon ready for use. This assumes the ammunition is in an accessible location, such as a quiver, bandolier, or laid out directly in front of you. Ammo held in a backpack or other container much be accessed using a separate action.

 

Loading a Ranged Weapon provokes AOO.

Ex: An archer grabs an arrow from a quiver, places it upon the bow, and shoots the bow as part of a single action. 

 

Special Loading Option: As part of a Big Action (Provokes AOO), you may get and place an arrow into your bow. The arrow remains in place as long as you keep both hands on the weapon. You will not provoke AOO later when you make an attack with this arrow. (This also applies to slings and blowguns)

Crossbows have different loading actions and rules, explained in the Crossbow Descriptions section, below.

Ranged Weapon Ammunition - Types of Ammo

-Ammo is purchased and stored in sets of 20.

-The table shows the cost and weight of 20 pieces of each type of ammo.

-A quiver holds 20 pieces of any ammo type.

Ammunition - Recovery, Loss, & Breakage:

-50% of Ranged Ammunition is lost or destroyed after use in combat.

-Search for 1-5 minutes to retrieve 50% of the ammo used in combat. (GM Discretion)

 

Masterwork Ammo costs 10 times the indicated Merchant Price.

-Darts, Javelins, Shuriken, and thrown melee weapons (spears/daggers) are considered weapons, not ammunition.

 

Ammo Types - Descriptions:

Arrow: Standard ammo for all bows. A wooden haft with feathered fletching and a sharpened metal head. (Arrows are roughly 28-36” long / 71-91cm)

Blow-Dart: The ammo used for Blowguns. A needle-like dart of metal or wood with a feathered or cloth base that seals the air within the blowgun. (Blow-darts are roughly 4-6” long / 10-15cm)

Bolt: Standard ammo for all crossbows. A short wooden haft with feathered, wooden, or leather fletching and a sharpened metal head. (Bolts are roughly 16-22” long / 41-56cm)  - Bolts are also called quarrels.

Bullet: Standard ammo for all slings. A smooth, rounded stone or solid metal. Can hold 30 in a quiver. (2-3”/5-7cm) 

Stone: Found ammo for slings. Any small rock roughly 2-4”. They deal less damage but are available anywhere.

Flight Arrow/Bolt: These arrows/bolts are lighter and more aerodynamic. They fly farther but deal less damage. Increase Range by 25%. Decrease damage dice by 1 die size. (Ex: 1d8+2 becomes 1d6+2)

Crossbows: A horizontal bow with a long, rifle-like stock that launches a short arrow called a bolt.

-The body of a crossbow is made of wood. Metal is used for the bow, trigger mechanism, & stirrup (foot brace).

-Except for the Hand Crossbow, all crossbows are two-handed ranged weapons. While you may hold the object in one hand to get items to help load, you cannot attack properly with a crossbow with only one hand.

-A crossbow shot is loud and distinct, requiring only a base DC5 Listen check to hear.

-All crossbows deal Piercing Damage and use Bolts as Ammunition with the Impale trait.

-Although crossbows are somewhat complex to craft, they are considered Simple Weapons because they require little training to use effectively. 

Crossbow Special Abilities: Crossbows are unique ranged weapons that can be used to attack in an instant:

-Once spanned and loaded, a crossbow requires only a Swift Action to attack. (Little Action-Swift)

-A person wielding a loaded crossbow Threatens AOO within 10 feet. You may spend a Reaction to make an AOO (Attack of Opportunity) with a loaded crossbow.

Crossbows – Simple Ranged Weapons

*All Bows & Crossbows gain the Impale trait.

Load: The type of action used to span & load the weapon. This also shows if a STR score or special tool is needed.

-Loading a crossbow requires drawing the string back and locking it in place using special tools or a large amount of strength (called “spanning” the crossbow). You then get a bolt from a quiver and place it on the crossbow.

-The action used depends on the type of crossbow and the tool used to span the crossbow. (see below)

-Spanning and loading a crossbow provokes AOO. If you are struck with an attack while spanning your crossbow, you must make a DC10 Perseverance check or you must start the spanning action over again.

Crossbows – Simple Ranged Weapons

-Items listed as “/Quiver” may be carried upon a belt in place of a Quiver or Belt Pouch.

 

Load Action: This indicates what type of action you must use to attach the spanning tool and span and load the crossbow. This action does NOT also include getting the spanning tool from a pouch or belt slot, nor putting the item down after using it. You always use both hands when spanning and loading any type of crossbow.

Multiple Crossbow Attacks in 1 Turn: If you have enough actions and can span & load a crossbow fast enough, you may be able to make 2 attacks in 1 Turn. (Or if you have more than 1 loaded crossbow!)

  • Even at Level 0-4, since a Crossbow Attack is a Little Action(Swift), you may make 1 Attack with the Crossbow using a Big Action, span & load it with another Big Action(if you have the right tools), and Attack Again with your Little Action. 

  • Since these attacks are with a single weapon, the normal -2 Cumulative Attack Penalties apply.
     

Crossbow Descriptions:

Hand Crossbow: A small, handheld crossbow with a pistol-like grip and trigger system designed to be aimed and shot with one hand. Your off-hand draws the string back to and loads the hand crossbow as a Big Action.

-You may move half your speed while loading a hand crossbow. (16-24” / 41-61cm)

 

Heavy Crossbow: A larger, more powerful version of the crossbow. Loading this crossbow normally requires a spanning tool to draw the string back due to the high power stored by the bow. (30-38” / 76-97cm)

 

Light Crossbow: The classic crossbow design with a long, wooden stock, a metal bow, and a press-trigger mechanism underneath. A wooden foot-brace (stirrup) on the nose of the weapon allows your arms and back muscles to lift and draw the string into place. (28-36” / 71-91cm)

 

War Crossbow: This exceptionally powerful crossbow is the same design, just scaled up for a much higher draw weight (1000 lb+). Spanning the crossbow is essentially impossible without a spanning tool. (32-40” / 81-101cm)

 

Repeating Crossbow: This Gnomish invention uses a side-mounted hand lever & gear system to span and load the crossbow. It uses specially designed wooden boxes called “bolt-stacks” that hold 5 crossbow bolts inside. A bolt-stack is attached to the top of the crossbow. A single bolt from the bolt-stack automatically drops into place each time the lever is pulled back to span the bow, allowing the wielder a much faster rate of attack.

-Spanning and Loading the Repeating Crossbow from the bolt-stack is a Little Action (Provokes AOO).

-Removing a bolt-stack and attaching a new one requires a Big Action (Provokes AOO).

-Loading 5 bolts into an empty Bolt-Stack is a Full-Round Action. 2 Bolt-Stacks may be held in a Quiver.

-A full Bolt-Stack weighs 1 pound, takes up 3 Storage Slots, and costs 5gp.

-Crafting a Repeating Crossbow requires a DC25 Craft(Mechanisms) check.

-Since the repeating crossbow is spanned by hand, its attack power and range are much less than a traditional crossbow. However, the high attack rate makes it extremely dangerous at close range.

-Note: This essentially gives you a crossbow that works kind of like a bolt-action rifle with a 5-Round magazine.

 

Crossbow Loading – Spanning Tools & Descriptions: These tools are used to draw the string back on a crossbow.

 

Spanning Belt: A modified belt with a hook attached that is attached to the crossbow string, allowing you to use your back and leg muscles to help span the crossbow. (Requires DC10 Craft[Tailor] to create)

-A spanning belt is always ready to use; it does not require an additional action to “get it out.”

 

Loading Lever (Goat’s Foot Lever): The metal base grasps upon the side lugs of a crossbow while a long metal lever grasps the string and is pulled down towards the wielder. (Requires DC15 Craft[Mechanisms] to create)

 

Windlass: A rope-and-pulley system with two ends and a double hand crank. The crank end attaches to the crossbow stock while the other grasps the string. The crossbow is held vertically while the two-hand windlass is cranked until spanned, then the device is unwound and removed. (Requires DC15 Craft[Mechanisms] to create)

 

Cranequin: A masterwork single-crank mechanism that gets attached to the top of crossbow. It has a single spinning, horizontal hand-crank that draws the string into place. (Requires DC20 Craft[Mechanisms] to create)

*A Cranequin may be placed back into your satchel after spanning as part of the loading action.

 

Gnomish Crankerer: Essentially an upgraded cranequin with a ratcheting crank and gear system. It works exactly as the cranequin, but requires only a Big Action to span and load a crossbow.

-Crafting a Gnomish Crankerer requires a DC25 Craft(Mechanisms) check. (It is a masterwork item)

 

Spanner Satchel: Weight: 0.5 lbs, takes up the Quiver or Belt Pouch slot. Cost: 2gp

A special belt pouch designed to hold a single crossbow spanning tool. The satchel allows a spanning tool to be retrieved or returned as a Little Action. (Requires DC10 Craft[Leatherwork] to create)

-Note: The loading lever, cranequin, & gnomish crankerer may be made of Mithryl for half the weight and triple the price.

 

Crossbow Examples - Step-By-Step – Loading & Shooting a Crossbow:

Light Crossbow with Loading Lever: 

      -Turn 1: Get the Loading Lever from your satchel (Little Action). Span the Light Crossbow and place a bolt onto it (Big Action). Drop the Lever (Free Action). Shoot the Target (Little Action-Swift).

      -Turn 2: Pick up the Loading Lever from the ground (Little Action). Span the Light Crossbow and place a bolt onto it (Big Action). Drop the Lever (Free Action). Shoot the Target (Little Action-Swift)

 

War Crossbow with Windlass: 

      -Turn 1: Get the Windlass from your satchel (Little Action). Span the Crossbow and load a bolt onto it. (Full-Round Action)

      -Turn 2: Return the Windlass to your pouch (Little Action). Aim at your target (Big Action, grants +1 on Attack Roll). Shoot the Target (Little Action-Swift).

War Crossbow with Cranequin: 

      -Turn 1: Get the Cranequin from your satchel (Little Action). Span the War Crossbow, place a bolt onto it, and return your cranequin back into your satchel (Double Action). A foe charges at you on their turn; use a Reaction to shoot them!

 
 
 
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Ranged Weapons for Bigger & Smaller Creatures

Small Bows: Reduce damage die 1 size. MinSTR Remains the Same. Range Increment reduced by 10 Feet.

Ex: A Small Longbow(2) requires MinSTR14, deals 1d6+2 [p], and has Range 110’.

Ex: A Small Training Bow has no MinSTR, deals 1d3 [p], and has Range 40’.

 

Small Crossbows, Blowguns, & Slings: Reduce damage die 1 size. Range Increment reduced by 10 Feet.

Ex: A Small War Crossbow, deals 1d10 [p], and has Range 110’.

Ranged Weapons for Large Size+ Wielders: Damage die increases +1 die size and Range increases by 10 feet per +1 size category. (Ex: Large Hand Crossbow deals 1d6[p] and has Range 30’)

 

Generic Weapon Dice Size List:

1 🡪 1d2 🡪 1d3 🡪 1d4 🡪 1d6 🡪 1d8 🡪 1d10 🡪 2d6 🡪 2d8 🡪 3d6 🡪 3d8 🡪 3d10 🡪 4d8 🡪 4d10 🡪 4d12

-Very Big Weapons: Going from Large to Huge (and larger) causes a 2-step increase in damage dice size.

 

Thrown Weapons: Gain +1 die size per +1 size category. Reduce -1 die size per -1 size category. Size does not affect Thrown Range, but creatures with STR 15+ multiply a thrown weapon’s Range as indicated here:

 

STR15-19: Range x1.5 / STR20-24: Range x3 / STR25-29: Range x4 / STR30: Range x5

Weapon Cost at Different Size: For simplicity, weapons have the same cost at small & medium size. Small items use less material but require additional precision to make. Weapons made for Large Size creatures cost 2x Medium Size weapons.

 
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Armor

Armor Proficiency: A character wearing armor with which they are not proficient suffers -5’ to all Move Speeds and a -1 Penalty on all d20 Rolls. 

 

Armor Categories

 

Simple Armor: Essentially just thick, protective clothing, this is the most basic armor available to any adventurer.

-Wearing Simple Armor does not require any armor proficiency.

 

Light Armor: Armor made from lightweight, flexible materials, generally covering the torso and other large target areas. This provides decent protection while still allowing very high mobility. (Requires Light Armor Proficiency)

 

Medium Armor: Covers the entire body with padding, plus additional layers of materials such as cured leather, chain, or metal plates. This provides a good mix of protection and mobility. (Requires Medium Armor Proficiency)

-Wearing Medium Armor imposes a -1 Attack Penalty.

-Your Run Speed is reduced to 1.5x per Run Action (as opposed to x2) in Medium Armor.

 

Heavy Armor: Covers the entire body with multiple layers of metal plates, chain, and padded cloth. This offers maximum protection at the cost of reduced mobility. (Requires Heavy Armor Proficiency)

-Wearing Heavy Armor imposes a -2 Attack Penalty.

-Your Move Speed is reduced by 5 feet in Heavy Armor. (If your Move Speed is 50+, it is reduced by 10 feet)

 

Wearing Armor: What Equip Slot does armor take up? What else can you equip or wear while wearing armor?

-You may wear normal clothing under all armor types.

-Simple & Light Armor: may be equipped in the Torso-Under Equip Slot or Torso-Over Equip Slot. Simple & Light Armor may be worn under loose clothing or other items that could feasibly cover the bulk of the armor. 

 

-Medium Armor: must be equipped in the Torso-Over Equip Slot. Covers your arms, legs, and torso.

-Heavy Armor: must be equipped in the Torso-Over Equip Slot. Covers your arms, legs, and torso.

Armor and Clothes: Clothes or other items equipped in the Torso-Over Equip Slot physically cover the clothes in the Torso-Under slot. Any full-body armor set covers the arms and legs, but does not actually take up the Arms or Legs Equip Slots. Any clothes covered by your armor cannot provide an Attractive Bonus or Social Bonus. 

-Belts, scabbards, backpacks, pouches, and cloaks/tabards are worn over armor. 

 

Armor Table: How to read the Armor Table

Armor Rating (AR): The amount this armor adds to your Armor Class(AC). (Higher Armor Rating = Better Defense)

Armor Rating vs Crit (ARvC): The amount this armor adds only to your Armor Class vs Critical Hits (ACvsCrit). 

-Note: You may not gain an Armor Rating from multiple sources. If you equip multiple items that provide AR, or if you have been granted a magical Armor Rating, only the strongest AR applies. 

-Ex: Mage Armor provides AR4, Padded Armor provides AR2. If using both, you only use Mage Armor’s AR4.

-Any bonus or penalty that applies to AR also applies to ARvC.

-Ex: A spell that provides a +1 Enhance Bonus to Armor Rating adds +1 to AR & ARvC.

MAX DEX: This indicates the maximum Dexterity Modifier (DEX Mod) that you can apply to your AC and Attack Rolls in this armor. (MAXDEX does not affect REF Saves or other DEX-based rolls) 

-If multiple sources note a Max DEX, only the lowest Max DEX applies.

Mobility Penalty: This number is subtracted from all Physical Skill Checks while the armor is worn. 

-If you attempt to cast a spell while suffering from a Mobility Penalty from any source (Armor, Shield, Backpack, Encumbrance, etc), you must make a DC(10+[2xSpell Level]) Perseverance check or the spell fails & is wasted. 

 

Weight: The actual weight of the armor in pounds. Armors with a weight in parentheses next to them are treated as this lighter weight while the armor is worn, as the weight is well-distributed across the body. This makes the armor seem lighter to the wearer for purposes of determining carrying capacity. 

 

Other: This section has additional important information about the armor, such as if it covers your entire body, holds in heat, or more. Detailed information about the armor is available in the descriptions below.

 

Damage Resist (DR): Many armors also reduce the amount of incoming physical damage. The Damage Resistance provided by armor is listed as DRX/AA, where X is the amount of damage resisted, and the AA indicates it is bypassed by any weapon or attack with the Anti-Armor trait.  (Reminder: DR may reduce incoming damage to zero!)

 

Merchant Price (gp): Amount of Gold Pieces (gp) needed to purchase this armor; new and ready-to-wear.

-The listed price includes proper tailoring for any “Made to Fit” armor. This may take time in your story!

Armor

Simple Armor

Light Armor

Medium Armor

Heavy Armor

Fit: This armor is considered “Made to Fit,” and must be specially made to fit you personally. (May be adjusted with Craft Skills)

See Description: This armor has unique traits explained in its description below.

Comfort: Perseverance Check DC due to wearing your armor for long periods or sleeping in your armor reduced by 5.

Torso: This armor does not fully protect your arms or legs. (This may affect Roleplay or strikes that damage your limbs.)

Warm or Hot: +1 Gear Bonus vs Extreme Cold/-1 penalty on Perseverance checks caused by Hot Environments. (Hot is +2/-2)

 

Armor Info & Descriptions

 

-Armor ALWAYS takes up the “Torso-Over” Equip Slot.  Even though many armors will describe having pants, bracers, or greaves, they do not take up any other Equip Slots unless specifically stated in the descriptor.

 

-Armor does NOT include a helm or other head protection! Whenever you find a blacksmith or shopkeeper that has an available armor set, they should also have a matching helm for additional cost. Helms provide additional protection that is added to that of your body armor. (See Helms, Ch7.4g)

 

-Arming Wear: This indicates a lower layer of padding and protection that is worn with the described armor. The Arming Wear is included in all the armor’s statistics, including price and Equip Slot location. 

You may choose to wear only the Arming Wear without the heavier portions, in which case the armor functions exactly as the lighter armor set stated in this section. Not all armor has arming wear.

 

-Time to Don: How much time it takes to put on the full suit of armor, including arming wear. Removing the armor takes half the time indicated here (minimum 1 Big Action, provokes AOO). 

-A single assistant can reduce the time to don armor by half. (Minimum 1 Full-Round Action)

-Some armors state a specific time with an assistant, while others cannot be donned without an assistant. 

-Alternative Descriptions: This describes other possible varieties of armor found throughout history that would have similar protective values. These options may be a better fit for certain stories, settings, or characters.

 

-Made to Fit: This armor must be specially fitted to your body. If not properly fitted, you suffer an additional -2 Mobility Penalty and lessen the MAX DEX by 1 (Min 0). 

-Armor may be modified to be “made to fit” using the exact same rules for repairing tattered armor.

-All Stats are given for Armors and Shields for Medium Sized creatures

 

Simple Armor Descriptions

Padded Vest (Aketon, Short Gambeson, Padded Jack): This padded vest protects the torso and upper arms, covering the same area as a modern T-Shirt. This is generally made of 15-20 layers of linen. 

Time to Don: Double Action

Alternative Descriptions: A shirt of padded fur-covered hides. A short-sleeve Buff-Coat of thick leather.

 

Limb Guards (Bracers & Greaves): These rigid, form-fitting plates are secured to the limbs with leather straps. These may be made of thick, hard, cured leather or solid steel. They cover only the front of the forearm and the shin, and generally have a backing of padded cloth for comfort.

-Limb Guards take up the “Arms” Equip Slot. Even though they also go on your legs, they do not also take up the “Legs” slot. They may be worn in conjunction with pants, skirts, kilts, etc.

Time to Don: 1 Minute -The “Limb Guards” and “Padded Vest” may be worn together to offer 1 AR and 1 ARvC.

 

Simple Armor Kit (Thin Gambeson): These simple kits are cheap and easy to make, providing slightly more protection that normal clothes. A lightweight, long-sleeve gambeson made of 15-20 layers of linen (or padded cotton) covers the torso, arms, and thighs. This kit is often used as the arming wear for heavier armors.

Time to Don: 1 Minute

 

Light Armor Descriptions:

Cloth with Guards: The simple cloth kit combined with a set of metal limb guards (bracers & greaves).

-The bracers & greaves must be worn in the “Arms” slot. The Simple Armor Kit is worn in the “Torso-Over” Slot.

Time to Don: 2 Minutes. This armor set retains the Comfort Quality. 

 

Gladiator Kit: This set of asymmetrical armor allows some of the best mobility by leaving certain areas uncovered. The dominant arm is protected by a full-length padded sleeve covered in articulated metal plates. The legs are protected from the thighs to the ankles with cloth padding, plus solid metal greaves over the shins and knees. A belt with leather tassets may protect the thighs and groin. The chest is left mostly unprotected.

Time to Don: 5 Minutes

Alternative Descriptions: Mail or hardened leather may be used to protect the dominant arm. The torso may have light protection such as a few layers of linen, a leather breast piece, or another shoulder pauldron.

 

Armored Doublet (Jack of Plates): A high-quality quilted vest with small metal plates stitched between the layers of fabric. Its design allows it to be quickly donned or removed, while the built-in padding makes it reasonably comfortable. Since its appearance matches the jacket style of many cultures, it may be acceptable in social settings where other more obvious armor would be suspicious or frowned upon. 

Time to Don: Full-Round Action

 

Padded Armor Kit (Gambeson): The gambeson is a large jacket made of 20-30 layers of linen that covers the full length of the arms, torso, and extends from the waist down to around your knees. The many layers dampen blunt impact and are very difficult to cut through or pierce with an arrow. 

-Padded Armor gains the Comfort trait in cooler temperatures above freezing (32-55 oF / 0-13 oC).

Time to Don: 1 Minute

 

Winter Survival Suit (Tundra Armor): The fur-covered hides of various cold-weather animals make a thick coat and pants that protect you from the cold. They also provide a decent amount of protection against arrows and blades. The long, thick coat has a hood, high collar, and may extend fully to the knees. The legs are protected by thick fur pants and boots. Thick winter gloves or mittens are included.

-If you are in a cold environment, even below freezing, this “armor set” gains the Comfort quality and grants a +4 Innate Bonus to endure cold environments (as opposed to only +2). You gain Cold Resist 2. 

Time to Don: 1 Minute

 

Chain Shirt (Haubergeon, Mail Shirt): A short-sleeved shirt of 4-in-1 riveted chainmail that extends just below the waist. It is usually worn with a cotton or linen shirt underneath and a belt to support the weight. 

Time to Don: Full-Round Action

 

Chain Shirt+Padding (Haubergeon + Aketon, Mail Shirt with Padding): A short-sleeved shirt of traditional 4-in-1 European riveted chainmail that passes just below the waist, worn atop an included padded vest and secured by a sturdy belt. The torso is well-protected, but the arms and legs are vulnerable.

Arming Wear: Padded Vest Time to Don: 1 Minute

 

Chain Hauberk: The 4-in-1 chainmail hauberk has three-quarter sleeves and extends to protect the thighs, with a split for riding. It is usually worn with a shirt underneath and a belt to support the weight.

Time to Don: Full-Round Action

Light Hide Kit: A hardened leather cuirass (torso piece, front & rear) worn over a padded vest, along with hardened leather bracers on the forearms and leather greaves covering the shins.

Arming Wear: Padded Vest

Time to Don: 1 Minute

 

Light Chain Kit (Mail Hauberk + Gambeson, Light Mail Kit): A 4-in-1 mail hauberk worn atop a sturdy gambeson. The hauberk has three-quarter sleeves and extends to protect the thighs, with a split for riding. A sturdy belt supports a good portion of the hauberk’s weight.

Arming Wear: Padded Armor (Gambeson) Time to Don: 2 Minutes

 

Gnomish Zip-Kit (Tinker Armor): This set of full-body armor, designed by gnomes, consists of a leather or heavy cloth jacket and pants, reinforced with padding and metal strips sewn between the layers. The jacket and pants can pass for a decent set of leather clothing, albeit with a slightly “ribbed” appearance. This ingenious armor may be quickly donned using a gnomish invention called “the zipper.” The Zip-Kit also has multiple hidden, zippered pockets, providing 4 Storage Slots in the torso and 4 Storage Slots in the pants (Max 10 pounds each). 

Time to Don: Full-Round Action (or Big Action for Jacket only, counts as Armored Doublet)

 

Medium Armor Descriptions: (-1 Attack Penalty, Run at 1.5x Move Speed)

Patchwork Armor: A collection of salvaged armor pieces turned into a mismatched yet functional armor kit. This armor is more cumbersome than properly matched and crafted armor. This type of armor is often found on raiders, nomadic tribes, or groups without access to quality metallurgy or finances. 

Time to Don: 5 Minutes (The mismatched pieces makes donning and removing the armor more tedious.)

Alternative Descriptions: Many possible variations exist. GM has final say on what qualifies as a Patchwork set.

 

Hard Leather Kit: Plates of thick, cured, hardened leather worn over a set of light cloth arming wear. Each leather plate has been shaped to fit to the wearer. This kit contains a leather cuirass (torso piece, front & rear) with pauldrons (shoulder guards). The upper & lower arm is protected with solid, form-fitting bracers. The upper legs are protected with leather tassets and a set of leather cuisses, while the lower leg is protected by thick, hardened greaves that wrap from the ankle to above the knee. 

Arming Wear: Cloth Simple Armor Kit   

Time to Don: 5 Minutes

 

Chainmail (Medium Chain Kit): A longsleeve, 4-in-1 mail hauberk worn atop a thick, padded gambeson. The hauberk extends almost to the knees of the wearer, with a split for riding. A sturdy belt supports a good portion of the hauberk’s weight. The legs are protected by mail leggings (chausses) secured to the arming wear at the hips.

Arming Wear: Padded Armor (Gambeson) Time to Don: 3 Minutes

-The hauberk may be worn independently if needed. It counts as the light armor “Chain Hauberk.”

 

Reinforced Mail (Plated Mail): This armor has the same description as regular chainmail, but with a sturdier mail hauberk protecting the torso. The hauberk has solid metal plates “woven” into the metal rings of the chain armor. Large plates cover the chest, while smaller plates protect the sides and back. A small plate also covers each knee.

Arming Wear: Padded Armor (Gambeson) Time to Don: 4 Minutes

-The hauberk may be worn independently as the light armor, “Chain Hauberk,” but with a -3 Mobility Penalty.

 

Tosei Gusoku (Medium Samurai Kit): Lacquered metal bands fastened together by rivets or cord form the cuirass (dou), pauldrons (sode), and tassets (kusazuri) of this armor. Special armored sleeves are tied across the torso, protecting from the underarm and shoulder to the wrist. These sleeves are made with a silk base covered by a unique weave of mail and metal strips. Bracers and greaves are made using a mix of metal plates, mail, and fabric. This armor has more vulnerable points than comparable armor of European design, but with superior mobility. The palm and fingers are left uncovered to allow manual dexterity and improved archery.

-Special: This armor does not impose a -1 Penalty to attacks made with a Bow, Crossbow, or Firearm.

-This armor must be Made to Fit. (Add additional -2 Mobility Penalty if not properly tailored)

-This armor may be donned without the shoulder guards, tassets, and cuirass to function as the light “Gladiator Kit.”

Arming Wear: None

Time to Don: 4 Minutes with 1 Assistant. (12 Minutes Alone)
 

Heavy Armor Descriptions: (-2 Attack Penalty, -5’ Move Speed)

 

O-Yoroi (Heavy Llamelar Kit, Great Armor): This heavier set of lacquered metal llamelar was the predecessor to the Tosei Gusoku. It has the same description, but O-yoroi has much larger shoulder guards (sode) and tassets (kusazuri), plus additional padding and mail throughout. Designed for mounted archery, the llamelar is covered by silk along the chest to avoid interference with the bowstring, and the palms and fingers are left uncovered.

 

-Special: This Heavy Armor only imposes a -1 Penalty to attacks made with a Bow, Crossbow, or Firearm.

-This armor must be Made to Fit. (Add additional -2 Mobility Penalty if not properly tailored)

-This armor may be donned without the shoulder guards, tassets, and cuirass to function as the light “Gladiator Kit.”

Arming Wear: None

Time to Don: 5 Minutes with 1 Assistant. (15 Minutes Alone)

 

Heavy Infantry Kit: A brigandine vest (or “coat of plates”) encases the entire torso, worn atop a long-sleeve mail hauberk with simple arming wear. Brigandine is made of leather or heavy canvas with dozens of overlapping steel plates riveted between the layers. The shaped plates overlap and properly conform to the body, allowing some flexibility. Sturdy brigandine spaulders and tassets add additional protection for the shoulders, thighs, and groin. Chain chausses are worn on the legs, plus a set of metal greaves protecting the shin and knee. Metal bracers and sturdy metal gauntlets protect the hands and forearms.

-The torso piece for this armor must be Made to Fit. (Add additional -2 Mobility Penalty if not properly tailored)

Arming Wear: Cloth Simple Armor Kit

Time to Don: 5 Minutes with 1 Assistant. (15 Minutes Alone)

-The hauberk & cloth armor kit maybe worn without additional pieces to serve as “Light Armor-Chain Shirt+Padding.”

 

Half-Plate Harness (Plate & Mail): A solid metal cuirass (breastplate & back plate) with metal spaulders over the shoulders, plus articulated plates that extend from the waist to cover the thighs and groin. Plate cuisses, poleyns (knee-guards), and demi-greaves protect the front and sides of the entire leg, from the upper thigh to the ankle. These plates strap together along the back of the legs. The arms are protected in a similar manner, with a three-section plate harness strapped on and covering the upper arm, elbow, and forearm. A pair of articulated metal gauntlets protects the hands. The cloth arming wear has been specially modified with mail voiders; sections of mail stitched directly to the padding to cover weak areas like the groin or other joints.

-This armor must be Made to Fit. (Add additional -2 Mobility Penalty if not properly tailored)

Arming Wear: Custom Simple Cloth Armor with Mail Voiders

*If worn independently, this custom arming wear functions as a normal Simple Armor Kit

Time to Don: 10 Minutes with 1 Assistant. (20 minutes alone)

-This armor may be donned as medium “Patchwork Armor” in 5 minutes without wearing some of the parts.

 

Full Plate Harness (Plate Armor): This perfectly tailored suit of armor is the pinnacle of blacksmithing and metallurgy. Articulated solid metal plates fully encase the wearer, providing unparalleled protection with a good range of motion. The torso is protected by a cuirass with an overlapping plackard and breastplate that connect seamlessly to a solid backplate. An articulated fauld protects the groin and upper thighs, while cuisses, poleyns, and cased greaves wrap the entire leg in metal, even covering the feet. Pauldrons overlap a fully encased arm harness, while sturdy metal gauntlets protect the hands. A set of arming wear with chainmail voiders stitched to the cloth covers any gaps between plates, especially the underarm or groin areas. 

-This armor must be Made to Fit. (Add additional -2 Mobility Penalty if not properly tailored)

Arming Wear: Custom Simple Cloth Armor with Mail Voiders

Time to Don: 10 Minutes with 1 assistant. Cannot be donned properly without assistance.

 

Dwarven Battle Plate: This special suit of full plate armor has been reinforced with hefty dwarven craftsmanship. The plates over jointed areas interlock in such a way as to leave even less openings than traditional full plate. This restricts evasive movements even further, but, as the Dwarves say, “That’s what the armor’s for!”

-This armor must be Made to Fit. (Add additional -2 Mobility Penalty if not properly tailored)

Arming Wear: Custom Simple Cloth Armor with Mail Voiders

Time to Don: 10 Minutes with 1 assistant. Cannot be donned properly without assistance.

Armor for Different Size Categories

 

Small Size Armor: 1/3 Weight, Same Cost

-For simplicity, small size armor retains the same stats as medium size armor.

Large Size Armor: 3x Weight, 2x Cost, +2 Craft DC

-Large Size Armor is thicker and increases any provided DR/AA by 1 (Ex: DR1/AA becomes DR2/AA)

Huge Size Armor: 9x Weight, 4x Cost, +5 Craft DC

-Huge Size Armor is thicker and increases any provided DR/AA by 2 (Ex: DR1/AA becomes DR3/AA)

 

Armor for Other Creatures: Races with developed societies, such as lizardfolk, giants, demons, centaurs, and other special races, can acquire all the standard armor types, though they may be difficult to find outside their own societies.

-Creatures with vaguely humanoid bodies should be allowed to craft or pay extra for a set of armor from the standard armor list that fits their body properly. Such a modified armor set costs +25% more than normal.

-For any sort of animal, quadruped, mount, dragon-shaped creature, or creature with unique movement styles, barding should be used instead (see Barding, Ch7.7).

Mobility Penalty

 

Mobility Penalty: Many armors and shields hinder your ability to move freely.

A mobility penalty is a numerical penalty applied to Skill checks depending on physical capabilities. 

The Mobility Penalty is applied to ALL PHYSICAL SKILLS (Skills that use your STR/DEX/CON Ability Modifiers)

-Physical Skills are noted with an asterisk (*) on the standard character sheet.

-A Mobility Penalty also applies to any check made to sleep or avoid exhaustion from exertion.

-Shields always incur the listed Mobility Penalty, whether being carried, strapped on, or wielded.

-Carrying too much weight can increase your Mobility Penalty. This is referred to as Encumbrance. (See STR Score, Ch2.3b) Being Encumbered incurs a -3 Mobility Penalty, and Heavily Encumbered incurs a -6 penalty. 

-Like all penalties, Mobility Penalties from multiple sources stack with one another.

Note - Armor and REF Saves: Armor does not affect your REF Save. Any mobility reduction caused by your armor is offset by the protection granted by the armor. 

Spell-Casting & Mobility Penalty: In order to cast a spell, you want to be as free of hindrance as possible. The mental focus required to cast most spells can be affected by uncomfortable clothing, armor, and heavy gear.

-If you attempt to cast a spell while suffering from a Mobility Penalty from any source (Armor, Shield, Backpack, Encumbrance, etc), you must make a DC(10+Spell Level) Perseverance check or the spell fails. 

-Armor, shields, and other gear with 0 Mobility Penalty do not hinder your casting ability.

-Some class abilities and Feats allow you to bypass certain Mobility Penalty-related Perseverance checks.

-This does not apply to Spell-Like or Supernatural abilities (SLA or Su); they are unaffected by armor.

-Spells cast using a Swift Action or faster, or cast from magic items or scrolls, do not require this check.

  • Reminder: Casters with enough Ranks may be able to pass the Perseverance check using “Take 5.”

Other Armor Drawbacks

-While there are many types of armor available to an adventurer, there is no one superior choice. Every set of armor must balance between protection, mobility, comfort, and more. Use the information presented here to select the armor that best suits your character! Think about it; If wearing armor had no drawbacks, then everybody would wear it all the time!

-Lighter armor has less drawbacks than heavier armor.

 

Here are a few drawbacks you must consider when choosing to wear armor:

  • -Decreased nimbleness and maneuverability (Attack Rolls, Mobility Penalty, Move Speed)

  • -Cost (Very strong armor is very expensive!)

  • -Long-term wear: Comfort, Sleeping, Heat Exhaustion, and Armor Maintenance

  • -Time to don or remove (put on and take off) the armor

  • -Spellcasting may require Perseverance checks (see Mobility Penalty, above)

 

Reminder - Armor Proficiency: If not proficient: -5’ all Move Speeds, -1 all d20 Rolls.

 

Armor Drawbacks – Offense & Movement: How does wearing armor affect my Attack Rolls and Move Speed?

 

Light Armor: Attack and Move Speed are unaffected.

 

Medium Armor: Run speed is reduced to only 1.5x Move Speed. (instead of 2x using the Run Action)

-Wearing Medium Armor incurs a -1 penalty on all Attack Rolls.

 

Heavy Armor: Your base Move Speed is reduced by 5 feet. If you have a move speed of 50+, your base Move Speed is reduced by 10 feet.

-Wearing Heavy Armor incurs a -2 penalty on all Attack Rolls.

 

Overheating: Any armor with the Warm of Hot trait can lead to overheating.

-In average temperatures, any character wearing armor with the Warm or Hot traits requires a DC15 Perseverance check after 6 consecutive hours of activity in the armor. Each additional 6-hour interval the armor is worn adds +2DC. Failing this check causes +1 Weakened Stage. In hot climates (or extreme exertion) this check may be required more frequently, up to 1/hour (GM Discretion).

-Cold temperatures may reduce the check frequency (or even remove the need for a check) at GM Discretion.

-A Short Rest with 30 minutes spent out of your armor is needed to reset the check DC and overall timer.

 

Uncomfortable: Wearing armor gets uncomfortable, especially over long periods of time. This is essentially a role-play suggestion, but a GM may call for Perseverance checks in certain scenarios. (Ex: A stalking mission where you must sit, hide, and observe for hours would be very unpleasant in plate armor.)

  • -A character wearing Medium or Heavy Armor for over 48 hours automatically gains +1 Weakened Stage. 

  • -A character wearing Light Armor for over 72 hours automatically gains +1 Weakened Stage. 

  • -A Short Rest with 30 minutes spent out of your armor is needed to reset this overall timer.

  • -Note: Going to the bathroom and sitting or moving about small areas can become quite difficult in armor.

 

Sleeping in Armor can cause a Disrupted Long Rest:

-Getting a full Long Rest while Sleeping in Armor requires a DC(10+AR) Perseverance(CON) check. 

-Each consecutive day you sleep in armor adds +2DC to the Perseverance check.

-The DC is reduced by 5 for armor with the Comfort quality.

-If you fail this Save, you are only able to complete a Disrupted Long Rest. (see Sleep & Rest, Ch8.8)

-Disrupted Long Rest: You heal only +1HP/2Levels (+1HP per +2CONMod). Half Confidence Tokens. Recover only 1 Weakened Stage (Stage 1 or 2 Only). You do not recover any spell slots of highest Spell Level.

 

Social Interactions & Armor (and Weapons): Medium and heavy armor are normally reserved for warfare. If you are wearing this type of armor, many people will assume you are expecting a fight. This is socially off-putting in nearly all cultures. Commoners may run away from you, act suspicious, or ask guards to protect them.

-Most peasants and shopkeepers are used to seeing the light armor frequently worn by hunters, guards, and cautious travelers, but they are not expecting battle-ready warriors stumbling about their taverns. 

-Just think of how you (or a bartender) would feel personally if a modern soldier with bullet-proof vest and helmet with his rifle over his shoulder and pistol at his side walked into your local pub!

-Some towns and cities may have specific rules about wearing weapons and armor. In most societies, sheathed single-handed weapons and light armor are acceptable. Obviously, the restrictions for a dinner party or visit from a noble would be more restrictive. Just like in real life, the setting dictates proper dress. 

  • Ex: Some very war-like cultures may normalize their people being constantly dressed for battle.

-While the exact ruling depends completely on the story, the GM may use their discretion to apply a -1 to -5 penalty on Social Skills for wearing “war-ready” dress (Medium/Heavy Armor & Weapons) when interacting with people who are uncomfortable in such a situation. (This could also turn into a bonus for things like Intimidation).

 

Armor Maintenance: Armor must be maintained once per week of normal adventuring use. 

  • -Maintaining armor requires expenditure of 1 gp worth of CraComs, as well as a certain amount of crafting work based on armor type:

  • -Heavy Armor = 4 Hours-DC10, Medium Armor = 2 Hours-DC7, Light Armor = 1 Hour-DC5 

  • -If you do not maintain your armor as indicated here, it gains the tattered condition. 

  • -For repairs - See Craft(Tailor) for Cloth & Leather Armor, or Craft(Blacksmith) for metal armor, Ch4.4.

 

Tattered Armor: Loses 1 point of Armor Rating and increases the Mobility Penalty by 1. The armor can no longer grant Social Bonuses. All magic abilities of the armor function normally. May be repaired. (Armor cannot gain multiple tattered conditions, but extreme neglect could lead to the armor falling apart & becoming useless at GM Discretion.)

 

Carrying Armor Around: Carrying armor without wearing it takes up a lot of space in your inventory:

-Storage Slots – Simple Armor: 4, Light Armor: 6, Medium Armor: 8, Heavy Armor: 12

-Collapsible materials such as chain take up 2 less Storage Slots. Large Armor takes up 3x Slots, Small Armor takes 1/3 Slots.

 
 
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Helms

-Helms take up the “Head” Equip Slot on your character sheet.

-Putting on or taking off a Light or Medium helm is a Big Action (AOO).

-Heavy Helms require a Double Action (AOO) to put and to remove.

Note: Helms are not included in the price of statistics of a suit of body armor. Anywhere you find an armorsmith selling a suit of armor, a matching helm should be available. Helms provide additional protection if desired.

Helm Types

-Perseverance, Listen & Spot Penalty: You suffer the listed penalty on all these Skill checks while wearing the indicated helm. Helms reduce peripheral vision, hearing, and can make breathing more difficult.

 

-Non-Proficiency Penalty: You suffer the listed penalty to all Attack Rolls while wearing the helm of an armor type with which you are not proficient. (Ex: Medium Helm = Medium Armor Proficiency)

-Helm Bonus is a special Bonus type that adds to AR or ARvC. It is only provided by helmets or other headgear.

-You cannot sleep while wearing a medium or heavy helm.

 

Light Helm - Top & side of head covered, often with nose or neck guard. (Ex: Norman Helm, Open Sallet, Kettle Hat, Skull Cap & Coif) Light helms may be made of solid metal, chain, or strong leather. (Craft DC10)

 

Medium Helm - Full head & neck protected, face partially protected: (Ex: Barbute, Burgonet, Kabuto, Roman Gallic, Sallet/Norman with Mail Aventail) The majority of a Medium Helm is made of solid metal, often with chain or leather protecting the neck. (Craft DC15)

 

Heavy Helm - Full head and face entirely enclosed, attached to neck protection: (Ex: Hounskull, Great Helm) A Heavy Helm encase the entire head in solid metal, protecting the face and neck from all angles, but they greatly limit visibility. The helm sits atop a set of padding to increase comfort and protection. (Craft DC20)

-You suffer a -1 Penalty on all Attack Rolls while wearing a Heavy Helm.

-You lose the Uncanny Dodge ability (and Improved Uncanny Dodge) when wearing a Heavy Helm.

-Your face is completely covered in a Heavy Helm. It is up to GM Discretion to decide if this has additional implications (penalties on Bluff or Diplomacy checks, etc). Many social situations may require you to remove the helmet.

-For +20gp, you may add a visor that you can lift or drop as a Swift Action to cover/reveal your face on a Heavy Helm. When the visor is lifted, the helm instead functions as a Medium Helm.

Mithryl Helm: Reduce Initiative penalty, non-proficiency penalty, and Perseverance/Listen/Spot Penalty by 1. Half weight of standard helm. More durable than steel, less prone to rust. Cost is 6 times the standard helm price.

 

Adamantine Helm: Reduces Perseverance/Listen/Spot Penalty by 1. Weight unchanged. Increases Helm Bonus to ARvC by +1. Extremely durable, less prone to rust. Cost is 6 times the standard helm price.

-Mithryl & Adamantine Helms are always masterwork quality. Indicated stats include the benefits of MW quality.

 
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Shields

Shield Proficiency: A character who is not proficient with a wielded shield suffers a -2 penalty on Attack Rolls and the provided Shield Rating is reduced by 1. 

 

Wielded shields add their Shield Rating to your Armor Class, making you harder to hit with attacks. 

-If you are unaware of an attack, you cannot move your shield to block it, and as such you do not add Shield Rating to your FFAC (Flat-Footed Armor Class). Shield Rating is applied to your normal ACvsCrit.

 

Ready a Shield: Readying a shield means that you are changing from CARRYING the shield to WIELDING the Shield to make it useful in combat; a wielded shield grants you its Shield Rating to AC. A carried shield is either strapped over your shoulder (in the Back Sheath slot), tied to your backpack, or, in the case of a buckler, buckled to your belt. Carried shields are not being actively manipulated for protection; wielded shields are.

  • -Readying a Shield from a shoulder strap is a Little Action (AOO). (Also readying a buckler from your belt)

  • -A buckler may be buckled to your belt at no cost of an inventory space.

  • -A Light or Heavy shield comes with a strap so it can be slung over the shoulder and across your back. This uses up one of your available “Back Sheath” locations. Shields may also be tied onto your backpack if desired, using one of your tie-on inventory slots. Readying a tied-on shield requires a Full-Round Action.

  • -A Tower Shield is so large that it cannot be strapped to your shoulder when not in use, but it may be lashed onto your backpack. You may not access any items inside your pack while the Tower shield is tied on. Readying or removing the tied-on Tower Shield requires a Full-Round Action.

  • -The Mobility Penalty of a shield always applies, whether being carried, wielded, or worn.
     

Reading the Shield Table

Shield Rating (SR): The amount this shield adds to your Armor Class(AC). (Higher = Better Defense)

MAX DEX: This indicates the maximum DEX Mod that you can apply to your AC while using this shield.

Mobility Penalty: This number is subtracted from all Physical Skill Checks while the shield is carried or wielded. 

Hit Points (Hardness): Hit Points represent the structural integrity of the shield. Hardness represents how much damage the shield can stand from any individual strike before damaging the overall integrity. When a shield reaches 0 Hit Points, it is destroyed.

MinSTRX: A Strength of X is required to wield the shield properly. A player with lower strength is treated as non-proficient with the shield, even if they have the required proficiency. 

-Small sized shields reduce the MinSTR by 2. Large sized shields increase the MinSTR by 2.

Merchant Price (gp): Amount of Gold Pieces (gp) needed to purchase a new shield.

Shield Table

-Stats for Leather shields may be used to represent shields made of wicker or other plant fibers. 

GM Note: If you like, you may add a distinction between shields held in hand and shields strapped to the arm.


 

Breaking Shields: Shields are a unique piece of equipment designed to be struck in combat. This obviously leads to them being damaged & eventually destroyed. 

  • -Shields have an amount of Hit Points and Hardness, as shown in the Shield Table above.

  • -Attacks from regular weapons do not normally damage shields. 

  • -Attacks that strike the shield may deal damage to shields.

  • -If you attack an enemy wielding a shield and miss by an amount less than or equal to their Shield Rating, your attack strikes their shield, which may damage it. Roll damage normally; if you deal more damage than the shield’s Hardness, you damage the shield by the remaining amount. -Some magic spells, elements, and special abilities can deal damage to shields.

  • -If the shield is destroyed, any additional damage is lost. A strike that damages the shield is considered a “successful hit,” for purposes of Feats or abilities that activate on successful attacks.

  • -A shield functions normally as long as it has at least 1 HP.

  • -When a shield reaches 0 Hit Points, it is destroyed.


Repair a Damaged Shield (Craft DC10, DC15 for MW): After 1 hour of work & a minimum of 1gp of CraComs used, a shield is repaired +5HP. A shield must have at least 1 HP remaining to be repaired.

 

Wearing a Shield on your Back: Any character may wear a Light or Heavy Shield in the Back Sheath location and slung over the back. When worn in this manner, the wearer has both hands free and may still gain some protection from the shield. The Shield Rating is reduced by 2 when worn in this manner by a proficient user.

-Non-proficient users who wear the shield in such a manner gain no benefit.

 

Shield Descriptions

Buckler: Historically, a buckler is a very small, hand-held shield made of steel. However, the game world has modified this term for basically any very small shield, generally about 8-14” in diameter. Bucklers are easy to carry and provide a good defensive option. They are very easy to keep on your person and were often strapped to belts when not in use. Fun fact: The loud clang made by brash men who enjoyed fighting with these led to the term “swashbuckler.”

  • Wielding a Buckler does not require any Shield Proficiency! 

  • A buckler may be strapped to your belt without using any Equip Slots or Storage space. 
     

A buckler may be equipped in two ways:

  1. Held in 1 hand by itself. Readying a buckler in this way is a Little Action (AOO), just like drawing a weapon. This is the only item that this hand may hold. (This represents the way a buckler was used historically.)

  2. Strapped to your forearm. Readying or removing a buckler in this way is a Big Action (AOO). A strapped buckler cannot be disarmed. This leaves your hand free to hold other items. If you wield a weapon with the same arm as a buckler (or in both hands), you suffer a -2 penalty on Attack Rolls with that weapon.

You can play an instrument or craft items with a buckler strapped to your arm, but you suffer a -2 penalty on the Skill Check. You may not Shield Bash with a buckler, but you may use one to make a normal “Punch Attack” if desired.

 

Light Shield: (Scottish Targe, Heater Shield) A light shield is typically a round shield about 14-24 inches in diameter, though they can come in a wide variety of shapes. The best historical example of what this game considers to be a “light shield” is the traditional Scottish Targe. These shields are big enough to defend against upper body blows and some ranged attacks, but small enough that they can be worn casually without getting in the way of daily tasks or catching on brush in the forest.

  • You may hold items or horse reins in the same hand that is wielding a Light Shield at no penalty.

  • If you attempt to make an attack with the hand that is wielding a Light Shield, you suffer a -4 Attack Penalty.

  • A Light Shield slung over your shoulder in the Back Sheath location still grants you [Shield Rating -2] (if proficient).
     

Heavy Shield: (Hoplite, Viking Round, Norman Kite Shield). A Heavy shield is typically a round shield about 28-36 inches in diameter, though they can come in a wide variety of shapes. The best historical example of what this game considers to be a “heavy shield” is the hoplite shield, made famous by the Spartans. These shields are big enough to defend nearly the entire body against blows and most ranged attacks, but their size makes them cumbersome in daily life or during travels.

  • Wielding a heavy shield requires full use of the arm and hand. No other items may be held in the hand with the shield.

  • A Heavy Shield slung over your shoulder in the Back Sheath location still grants you [Shield Rating -2] (if proficient).
     

Tower Shield: A tower shield is typically a curved, wooden, rectangular shield about 24” across and 40” tall, though they can come in oval, larger, or more unique shapes. The best historical example of what this game considers to be a “tower shield” is the scutum, as famously used by the Romans. These shields are so large that they serve as a mobile wall that blocks nearly all ranged attacks when used properly. Their immense size makes them incredibly cumbersome in daily life or during travels, and even makes attacking with your main hand more difficult, but the level of protection is unmatched.

  • Wielding a tower shield requires full use of the arm and hand. No other items may be held in the hand wielding the tower shield. You suffer a -2 penalty to Attack Rolls while wielding or wearing/carrying a Tower Shield.

  • Allies of your size or smaller can use a Big Action to “take cover” directly behind you, gaining Superior Cover (+6AC) against ranged attacks from that direction. -Allies at least 1 size smaller than you gain Total Cover by doing this.

  • You do not provoke AOO when attempting a Shove Wrestling maneuver while wielding a Tower Shield.

  • You cannot sling a Tower Shield over your shoulder. If tied to your backpack, it may grant cover against ranged attacks from certain directions or against flanking attacks at GM discretion.  (if proficient).

  • Tower Shields may only be made of Wood. (or Mithryl, which is very expensive!)
     

Tower Shield Option – Pavise (w/stakes): This tower shield has been specially modified for crossbowmen and archers to use as a piece of mobile cover. It has 1-2 large metal stakes on the bottom that allow it to be firmly planted into the ground and stand upright independently (Big Action, AOO). When planted, the pavise functions as a “low wall” about 4’ tall placed along any 2 adjacent edges of the hex. This provides “Good Cover” (+4AC) to the archer standing directly behind it, although you can duck down for even more protection. A crossbowman can make attacks from behind the pavise with “Superior Cover” (+6AC). Ranged attacks that strike the pavise will not knock the pavise over (except for massive projectiles, such as boulders).

  • Anyone may use a Big Action (AOO) to knock over the pavise with a melee strike. This version of the pavise cannot stand upright on hard terrain such as stone or wood floors.

  • A free-standing pavise no longer grants you a “Shield Rating.” Instead, it acts as a piece of inanimate cover.

  • Pavise (w/legs): This pavise has 1 or 2 folding support legs that extend from the top to allow the shield to stand upright like a tripod (Big Action, AOO). This version is heavier but can stand upright on any surface.


Shield Spike: The most common form of shield spike is a triangle or diamond cross-section metal spine 8-12” long attached to a central shield boss. You may modify a Light or Heavy shield for 2gp (20gp if MW shield) to accept a spike. A shield spike costs 5 gp, weighs 1 pound, and adds a -1 Mobility Penalty when attached to a shield.

  • Any damage dealt by striking with the shield increases by +1, and damage dealt becomes [b+p].

  • You gain a +1 Gear Bonus on rolls to resist being grappled while wielding a spiked shield.

  • A spike may be removed or added to the shield (screw on/off) as a Big Action (AOO).

  • A Masterwork Shield Spike gains no additional benefit and cannot be enchanted as a weapon.

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Shields for Different Size Categories

Small Size Shields: 1/3 Weight, 3/4 Cost, 3/4 Hit Points

Large Size Shields: 3x Weight, 2x Cost, 1.5x Hit Points

Huge Size Shields: 9x Weight, 4x Cost, 3x Hit Points

-Except as noted here, all other shield stats remain the same.

 
 
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Armor & Equipment for Animals & Beasts
Barding

-Animals and most other beasts do not use “adventuring equipment” like characters do. However, when these beasts are used to help humans or other races, their owners often design things to help them survive in battle or carry more gear.

Animal Equip Slots: Animals and most other beasts have only 2 Equip Slots: Neck and Accessory. The Neck slot is for collars. The Accessory slot is generally used for barding or a harness. 

-Barding is armor specially designed for an animal or other beast. It occupies the Accessory Slot.

-The Accessory slot may also be filled by things such as decorative wrappings of a horse’s mane or tail, a bracelet on a large bird’s leg, or decorative rings on a boar’s tusks. Player Character Accessory Slot items may be worn by animals.

-Only these slots may be filled by items granting magic powers to the animal. 

-Some animals, such as Horses and Oxen, also have a Saddle/Pack Equip Slot.

-Animals & similar beasts cannot wield weapons or shields, wear normal armor, or wear any equipment normally designed for player characters (except necklaces or accessories).

Barding Proficiency: Any creature wearing barding with which it is not proficient suffers -5’ to all Move Speeds and a -1 Penalty on all d20 Rolls. Just like normal armor, Barding has Light, Medium, & Heavy Proficiencies.

Animal Packs - Carrying Containers

Animal Packs - Carrying Containers for Animals (or other Large Beasts)

These containers are carried upon the back of a horse, donkey, camel, oxen, or similar creature. These creatures can carry 1 saddle and 1 set of saddlebags.

Saddlebags: Has two 18-slot bags & 2 Tie-On Locations.

Heavy Saddlebags: Has two 24-slot bags & 4 Tie-On Locations. Causes the animal a -1 Mobility Penalty.

Pack Carrier: Has three 32-slot bags & 6 Tie-On Locations. This fully replaces the saddle & saddlebags. No room for a rider. Causes the animal a -1 Attack Penalty & -1 Mobility Penalty.