Gambeson Variant (5e Equipment)

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Gambeson[edit]

Light Armor
Cost Armor Class (AC) Strength Stealth Weight
100 gp 13 + Dexterity modifier 10 lb.

Gambeson is weird because it seemingly should already exist in the D&D multiverse, but technology for it seems just slightly behind. The armor is made out of thick, heavy clothing, often with a quilt-like pattern.

DM Note: It's better than even Studded Leather Armor, but should only be allowed in your game if you allow Renaissance era technology (Which includes basic old timey firearms). It should otherwise require outright inventing it mid-game for players to acquire it, which can of course be a rather arduous process since it isn't magical. If it is added to the game, be cautious of the fact that it is outright better than some medium armor, and is the best mundane light armor in the game. It's price here is already grossly over-inflated for what the armor would actually cost in real life (Apparently rather cheap from what I've seen) to account for its probable rarity in-game, but its real in-game worth is much higher, as it is effectively equivalent to a mundane version of +1 Studded Leather Armor, a magic item of Rare rarity. Because of this, it generally shouldn't be used unless in such a campaign that allows for better technology.



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