Paper Scale Armor (3.5e Equipment)

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Paper Scale Armor[edit]

Paper scale armor is a type of armor used by many eastern countries when outfitting normal people for active military duty cheaply and efficiently while still offering protection. It was designed to primarily protect villagers from incoming crossbow bolts so they could beat the hell out of the enemy with their farming tools or non projectile weapons. While it still does have a niche with people who could afford "Better" when in reality this armor is great at defenses it just needs to be repaired often to keep it up.

Table: Paper Scale Armor
Armor Type Cost Armor Bonus Maximum
Dex Bonus
Armor Check
Arcane Spell
Failure Chance
Speed (30 ft.) Weight
Light 10 gp +7 +7 −2 5% 30 ft. 5 lbs.

The bad thing about this armor is that after getting hit the Armor Bonus is reduced by 1 until it hits "0". At this point the armor is basically rags and counts as Armor Padding (3.5e Equipment) until repaired. It can be repaired with a DC15 Craft check. It gets harder to do the more damaged it is. So if it is hit 5 times (now with a +2 Armor Bonus) the Craft check becomes DC20 and so on and so forth. You need lacquer, paper, and leather to repair this effectively.

The armor itself will always stop projectiles that are not firearms or things like artillery as that is what it was designed to do. It will still take the Armor Bonus penalty for each hit. But the armor itself can be immediately reduced to +0 armor bonus hit with fire, or weapons weighing more than 6 lbs. hit it. That means that it provides great bonuses but simple knowledge of how paper works or a heavy weapon can render it useless. Buyer beware.

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