Orange crystal plate armour

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A suit of armour carved from transparent orange crystal. It provides remarkable protection for both mind and body. The wearer can even channel psychic energies through the crystal itself, enhancing their magical abilities. However, it's rather heavy...

Orange crystal plate armour.png the +8 orange crystal plate armour

+8 crystal plate armour

Archmagi ego
Intelligence +3
Clarity

Desirability

The orange crystal plate armour[1] offers impressive physical defense, the hard-to-come-by clarity property, and a better boost to spellpower than a robe of the Archmagi. Any character who relies heavily on magic will want to wear this, but unfortunately few will actually be able to. The two species best able to handle ultra-heavy armour (ogres and trolls) are too large to fit, and a medium-sized character wanting to wear it comfortably would want to invest in strength, not intelligence, greatly reducing their spellcasting potential.

Characters who have done many ziggurats will have both the casting ability and Armour skill to handle the OCPA. The massive amount of loot means you'll be likely to find this armour, along with many stat boosting randarts to ease the burden a little more. Clarity also helps in preventing confusion during lichform. But for characters doing a massive amount of zigs, a +20 randart crystal plate armour will probably suit you better.

In the end, it's an interesting and very effective piece of equipment for heavily-armoured thugs, but only a few fortunate hybrid characters with very high stats (demigods or followers of Cheibriados, perhaps) will be able to take full advantage of what it offers.

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