Armor and Armaments

Armor and Armaments

This is an attempt to compile a list that will enable us to get a more "fair" system for armor and armaments here at Northern Lights.


This list was compiled by Ithor and then edited by Vitastjern (Anna.Eklund@ludd.luth.se)


Contents:


The Weapons

In any mud of aber type you will find a great assortment of different weapons.

Some weapons are good and some are not quite as good. There are also a number of weapons that are either worse or better than they should be, even if you take magical properties in account. This list is an attempt to ensure some sort of order in the weapon system at Northern Lights.

The list is far from complete, but it might be of an help when you are trying to figure out what some type of weapon looks like, and what damage it does.


Pole arms

A pole arm is basically a blade mounted on a long pole. They are rather skilled weapons, and can offer defense properties too.


Swords

There are many types of swords.


Daggers


Blunt Weapons

Weapons that do their damage by bashing/crushing the enemy


Other Weapons


Summary

The damages listed in the list that follows is what could be considered as reasonable setting for the damage value on the weapon in mud terms and in a zone of low to medium difficulty. The damage range is for normal every day weapons and could be said to account for the skill of the maker and such. Its possible that extremely well made weapons would exceed this, but they would be pretty rare.

As far as mud weapons go, I think a damage 20 weapon is a good weapon... If you wish to introduce a weapon with higher damage than 20 you will have to have an reason for it to have that damage.

Basic list of weapon damages

--------------------------------------
Name         |Damage | Hands | Type  |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Axe          | 5-10  |   1   | Axe   |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Bardiche     | 9-16  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Bastard Sword| 8-14  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Bastard Sword| 10-16 |   2   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Battle Axe   | 9-15  |   2   | Axe   |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Bill         | 7-12  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Blackjack    |  1-2  |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Bola         | 3-5   |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Broadsword   | 8-14  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Claymore     | 10-17 |   2   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Club (Torch) | 3-8   |   1   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Cudgel       | 4-8   |   2   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Cutlass      | 8-12  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Dagger       | 3-8   |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Epee         | 6-12  |       | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Gisarme      | 10-16 |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Glaive       | 10-16 |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Hammer       | 5-9   |   1   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Halbard      | 10-16 |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Javelin      | 6-10  |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Lance        | 8-12  |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Lochaber axe | 9-14  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Long sword   | 8-13  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Mace         | 6-10  |   1   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Morning star | 6-10  |   1   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Pike         | 7-12  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Pole Axe     | 8-12  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Partizan     | 8-12  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Ranseur      | 8-13  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Rapier       | 6-12  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Sabre        | 8-14  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Scimitar     | 7-12  |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Short sword  | 6-9   |   1   | Sword |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Spear        | 4-9   |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Spetum       | 8-12  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Spontoon     | 8-12  |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Staff        | 5-9   |   2   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Stick/Branch | 1-2   |   1   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Trident      | 7-12  |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Voulge       | 11-16 |   2   | P-Arm |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
War hammer   | 7-12  |   2   | Blunt |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+
Whip         | 5-10  |   1   |       |
-------------+-------+-------+-------+


Armors

Armor is a bit more simple. Armor can be seen as coming in bits and to me at least most suits of armor have the body armor with arm and leg plates included. Some even include the helmet as well, and they can't be separated.

The list below assumes that the armor is complete and does not include helmet, shield or gloves.

Basic list of body armors

Name          AC
--------------------------------------------------------------
Leather       9   
Scale Mail    11    Using scales (of a dragon say)
Chain Mail    13    Chains linked together to form a mesh
Ring Mail     15    Finer chains
Banded Mail   17    Plates covering vital parts. chest
Plate Mail    19    Plates covering body and limbs
Plate Armor   22    Pure steel, one piece armor
Shield        6     Shields give way too much armor in the mud

Note the difference between plate mail and plate armor. Plate mail is the fine mesh armor covered with large steel/iron plates, but the joints are exposed except for the mesh. The mesh allows free movement. Plate Armor comes in complete suits, helmet, gloves the works. Movement is hard, if you fell you would need help to get up. Plate armor were often used for jousting. Also, not anyone could wear plate armor, it's too heavy for your average not-so-well-trained adventurer. Plate mail is more common.

Gloves and gauntlets should have values in the mud of 3-4 unless there is something exceptional about them. Helmets can have from 4-8, maybe a little more as the head is so important to protect...

The Body armor I would think accounts for about 60% of the armor value, leggings (leg plates) and arm plates about 20% each.

Rings of protection... Anywhere from 3-9 :) for more common ones.


Last edited April 19, 1994.

aber@ludd.luth.se