Bikini Armor Template (3.5e Equipment)

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A bikini is a two-piece garment designed for women originally as a swimsuit. The top consists of several straps and two pieces of fabric that cover and support the woman’s breasts. The bottom is typically a brief, underwear-like piece of cloth, normally giving full coverage to the front and buttocks, with thin straps arching over the hips, though some bikinis have thong bottoms. Traditionally the intent of a bikini has been to show off as much skin as possible while avoiding tasteless indecency or total nudity.

Like any type of clothing, different sizing and tailoring is needed to make a bikini comfortable for the wearer, though special attention must be given to different sizes for the bottom and top. Two women of similar height and weight can have very different hip and chest sizes. Unlike most other armours, bikinis are unlikely to fit a wearer other than the one for whom it was intended. Magical bikinis resize to fit the wearer (some cursed versions instead resize the wearer to fit the bikini (which is exactly what certain women wish for)), but mundane bikini armour is typically sold in separate top and bottom pieces. All bikini armour intended for use in combat has comfortable padding inside to allow prolonged wear and prevent chafing.

Bikinis are difficult to use as armour because they attempt to serve two competing interests – revealing the body and protecting the body. Special training is required to gain any significant defensive bonus from bikini armour, but a skilled warrior woman in a bikini can twist to catch a strike on the few bits of armour she is wearing, or indeed move in a distracting enough way that her opponent’s concentration on the attack falters. Light bikini armour is flexible enough for even spellcasters to use it without drawback, and even the heaviest bikini armour, the full-plate bikini, is still highly revealing and comfortable to wear with proper training.

Different variations on chainmail bikinis exist around the world, even in the same culture, with different bikinis used for special purposes. Religious cults, especially those of fertility goddesses or misogynist gods, have been known to craft special pleasure bikinis and dominatrix bikinis, which are relatively ineffective in combat but grant bonuses in very specific social situations. Seafaring cultures design their bikinis to make swimming in armour easier, and warrior cultures sometimes adorn their bikinis with spikes and blades. A few monastic orders even use bikinis as weapons in close combat and grapples, twisting the cords and bindings around foes’ limbs to restrict their movements.

Bikini armour can be worn by males, though they look silly in it, and most males cannot qualify for feats and prestige classes that emphasize the bikini, as most require substantial breast size. Men tend to wear codpiece armour (including loincloths), which is statistically identical to bikini armour.

The Bikini Armour Template[edit]

Bikini versions exist for practically any other type of armour in existence. Thus, this ‘template’ can be used to modify any existing suit or type of armour. The Bikini Armour template grants the following modifiers to normal armour; in all other ways, the armour is identical to the base armour.

Cost: Being a form of expensive lingerie, you must double the base armour’s cost. Then add in the cost for masterwork armor (150gp). If the armor is crafted from special materials, the cost for the materials are not doubles.

Armour Bonus: The armour’s bonus to AC is reduced the 1/3rd (Round down if this results in a number that ends 1/3, round up if it ends in 2/3). If the armor is heavy armor, you then add +1 to its AC Bonus.

Arcane Spell Failure: The arcane spell failure chance is reduced by 15%, as bikini armor is less restrictive.

Donning: Donning light bikini armour takes 2 rounds, or 1 round to don hastily. Medium and heavy bikini armour takes 1 minute, or 5 rounds to don hastily. Halfplate and full plate bikini armour takes 4 minutes to don, or 1 minute to don hastily.

Removing: Removing light bikini armour is a move action. Removing medium or heavy bikini armour takes 2 rounds, and removing half-plate or full plate bikini armour takes 1 minute.

Weight: The base armour’s weight is reduced to 1/5th of normal weight. but it does not count as being a lighter armour type, because fighting in a bikini is just awkward.

Hit Points: Bikini armour has one-fifth the hit points of the base armour.

The Chainmail Bikini Feat[edit]

Requirements: Armor Proficiency (Any), Charisma 13+. With this feat, you gain a bonus to your AC, its a Naked Armor bonus equal to your Charisma bonus. This applies against any creature who finds you attractive. Some abberations, animals & mindless creatures do not allow this benefit.

Naked Defense Feat[edit]

Requirements: Chainmail Bikini, Charisma 17+. You are so beautiful that intelligent creatures of either gender and sexual preference find you attractive and your Naked Bonus applies against them. Some creatures with an alien body shape will cause you to lose this benefit however.

Table: Armor and ShieldsMedium armor (counts as Light Armor)Heavy armor (counts as Medium Armor)
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ArmorCostArmorMax DexArmor CheckArcane SpellSpeedWeight
BonusBonusPenaltyFailure Chance30 ft 20 ft
Light armor
Padded160 gp01000%30 ft 20 ft2 lbs
Leather170 gp1800%30 ft 20 ft3 lbs
Studded leather200 gp1700%30 ft 20 ft5 lbs
Chain shirt350 gp1605%30 ft 20 ft5 lbs
Hide180 gp1605%30 ft 20 ft5 lbs
Scale mail250 gp15-110%30 ft 20 ft6 lbs
Chainmail450 gp24-215%30 ft 20 ft8 lbs
Breastplate550 gp25-110%30 ft 20 ft6 lbs
Splint mail550 gp33-425%20 ft 15 ft9 lbs
Banded mail650 gp33-320%20 ft 15 ft7 lbs
Half-plate1,350 gp32-425%20 ft 15 ft10 lbs
Full plate3,150 gp43-320%20 ft 15 ft10 lbs
Mithril Plate12,150 gp45-110%30 ft 20 ft 5 lbs
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