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Eastern Armor

Although most of the armor in fantasy roleplaying games take their inspiration from medieval Europe and Western fantasy traditions, there’s much more to the world of armor than knights in plate mail. The following section presents rules for types of armor drawn from the martial traditions of Asia, perfect for use by exotic characters or as new staples ready to be introduced into your campaign.

Many of the following types of armor are constructed of multiple parts, which a number of these armors mix and match.

Table: Eastern Armor
Light Armors
Armor Cost Armor/Shield Bonus Maximum Dex Bonus Armor Check Penalty Arcane Spell Failure Chance Speed Weight1 Source
30 ft. 20 ft.
Haramaki 3 gp +1 0 0% 30 ft. 20 ft. 1 lb. PZO1118
Silken ceremonial armor 30 gp +1 0 0% 30 ft. 20 ft. 4 lbs. PZO1118
Lamellar cuirass 15 gp +2 +4 0 5% 30 ft. 20 ft. 8 lbs. PZO1118
Lamellar, leather 60 gp +4 +3 –2 20% 30 ft. 20 ft. 25 lbs. PZO1118
Medium Armors
Armor Cost Armor/Shield Bonus Maximum Dex Bonus Armor Check Penalty Arcane Spell Failure Chance Speed Weight1 Source
30 ft. 20 ft.
Do-maru 200 gp +5 +4 –4 25% 20 ft. 15 ft. 30 lbs. PZO1118
Kikko armor 250 gp +5 +4 –3 20% 20 ft. 15 ft. 25 lbs. PZO1118
Lamellar, horn 100 gp +5 +3 –4 25% 20 ft. 15 ft. 30 lbs. PZO1118
Four-mirror armor 125 gp +6 +2 –5 30% 20 ft. 15 ft. 45 lbs. PZO1118
Lamellar, steel 150 gp +6 +3 –5 25% 20 ft. 15 ft. 35 lbs. PZO1118
Mountain pattern armor 250 gp +6 +3 –4 30% 20 ft. 15 ft. 40 lbs. PZO1118
Heavy Armors
Armor Cost Armor/Shield Bonus Maximum Dex Bonus Armor Check Penalty Arcane Spell Failure Chance Speed Weight1 Source
30 ft. 20 ft.
Kusari gusoku 350 gp +7 +1 –7 35% 20 ft. 15 ft. 45 lbs. PZO1118
Lamellar, iron 200 gp +7 0 –7 40% 20 ft. 15 ft. 50 lbs. PZO1118
Lamellar, stone coat 500 gp +8 0 –7 40% 20 ft. 15 ft. 45 lbs. PZO1118
Tatami-do 1,000 gp +7 +3 –6 35% 20 ft. 15 ft. 45 lbs. PZO1118
O-yoroi 1,700 gp +8 +2 –6 35% 20 ft. 15 ft. 45 lbs. PZO1118