Armor (Action)

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Armor in action is something of an oddity, depending on genre. The benefits offered by armor are often dubious, and it attracts undue attention in many places, more so than weapons. It is also possible to bypass armor in various ways. Still, where appropriate, armor can be a great defensive asset, especially against masses of mooks.

Armor Protection Reflex Penalty Size Tech Notes
Cuirass 1 -1 Large Ancient
Bronze Full Armor 2 -2 Large Ancient
Mail Shirt 1 - Medium Blacksmith
Piece Metal Armor 2 -1 Large Blacksmith
Plate Mail 3 -2 Large Blacksmith
Half Plate 2 - Large Clockwork
Full Plate 4 -2 Large Clockwork
Flak Jacket 4 - Large Combustion Static
Bomb Disposal Suit 6 -2 Large Combustion Static
Undercover Vest 1 - Small Electronic
Bulletproof Vest 3 - Large Electronic
Armored Clothing 2 - Medium Fusion Slick
Ceramic Breastplate 3 - Medium Fusion
Armored Exoskeleton 5 -1 Large Fusion
Scout Armor 6 -1 Large Fusion Powered
Combat Hardsuit 8 -3 Large Fusion Powered
Assault Hardsuit 10 -5 Large Fusion Powered

Armor Descriptions

Cuirass

A hardened breastplate of boiled leather, hardened linen, or soft metal like bronze. Often worn with arm and leg bracers. Modern equivalents include protective sportswear made from plastic or cork.

Bronze Full Armor

An all-encompassing suit of soft metal armor, very heavy and clunky. Extremely expensive for its time. Modern protective wear made for goalies in ice hockey and similar heavy protective wear fall in this category.

Mail Shirt

A soft shirt made of mail rings expertly forged into a fine mesh. This armor remains popular for a long time, worn under outer clothes.

Piece Metal Armor

Either a full coat of mail, a mail long shirt called a hauberk, heavy samurai armor, or composite armor like scale mail or the roman Lorica Segmentata. Affordable military-grade armor.

Plate Mail

Full mail armor reinforced with metal at joints and over the chest; very encumbering.

Half Plate

A breastplate with segmented armor covering the limbs.

Full Plate

An armored metal carapace covering the whole body like a second skin, expensive and beautiful.

Flak Jacket

A heavy plated vest worn by gunners to protect them from shrapnel, the Flak Jacket is not intended for general combat.

Bomb Disposal Suit

A bulky bodysuit of metal and heavy cloth, to be worn when disarming lethal devices, this is unsuited to combat.

Undercover Vest

New fibrous materials make small lightweight concealable vests possible. These can be worn under street clothes, but are warm and uncomfortable.

Bulletproof Vest

A development of the flak jacket using flexible shock-absorbing materials reinforced with metal or ceramic plates, this is generally restricted to heavily equipped police and military units.

Armored Clothing

Armor can now be made to resemble normal cloth, light and flexible but going rigid when exposed to attacks. This material can be fashioned into combat fatigues or street clothing, but is still not good for evening wear.

Ceramic Breastplate

A lightweight rigid breastplate and greaves worn over armored combat fatigues, this is the armor worn by the futuristic grunt.

Armored Exoskeleton

A full plate made of modern light materials, self-supporting and highly durable. The final development of unpowered armor.

Scout Armor

A light power armor made to be mobile and flexible.

Combat Hardsuit

General duty power armor made for urban assault, rescue operations, bomb disposal and other highly dangerous tasks.

Assault Hardsuit

A dedicated heavy armor, generally worn only by elite troops cybernetically enhanced to control it effectively.