Armor and Shields

13.4 Armor and Shields

How do I use armour?
Armour is the most basic defensive purchase that can be made. After being obtained and WORN, it protects the wearer from physical attacks (blunt and cutting damage), though this may also affect one's ability to move in combat with the same ease. While there are many types of armour available for purchase, the ability to wear one is restricted by your current class.

Shields are similar to armour, gifting constant protection after it is WIELDed. Note that there are ways for you to end up losing or unwielding your shield, so you may wish to consider getting a fist sigil in order to keep a tight hold on it.

Each suit of armour and each shield have been judged to possess particular statitics to determine their ability to reduce damage. To determine this, one must possess the weaponprobe ability in weaponry, and then WEAPONPROBE (armour) - or ask another to do this for you - to determine the level of cutting and blunt protection. It is important to state that there can be a great deal of variation in stats even across the same type of armour, which is often associated with the cost of the item.

What armour can I use?
Armour comes in any of seven varying types, with differing amounts of protection. The armours listed here are always in order of least to most protective.

Even if your class has access to powerful armour, it can sometimes be worthwhile to wear lighter suits, as they will confer a higher chance to dodge, while lowering the chance to divert attacks. See HELP AVOIDANCE for an explanation of how this works.

The armour types you will encounter in Aetolia and their associated classes are as follows:

None: Ascendril, Sciomancer, Shapeshifter
Leather: Zealot, Monk, Wayfarer
Ringmail: Indorani, Shaman
Scalemail: Syssin, Praenomen (Vampires), Classless
Chainmail: Sentinel, Archivist
Splintmail: Luminary, Teradrim
Fieldplate: Templar, Carnifex
Fullplate: Templar, Carnifex

NOTE: There are variations to these types that you might see in shops. You should see HELP FORGING POLICY for a full detailed list.

What type of shield can I use?
Currently, any class can wield any shield without restriction. However, many classes require the freed use of the hand that may be needed to wield the shield. For instance, the Monk class cannot wield shields, as it prevents them from being able to attack. To find out for certain if a shield would be a worthwhile investment, it is a good idea to talk to your guild or house before making your purchase.