Ring mail

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Name Ring mail
Size to wear Small, Medium
Armour Class 5
Encumbrance rating 7
Maximum Enchantment +5
Grants nothing
Time to Wear 5

A light leather suit reinforced with a covering of metal rings. It is protective in combat, but slightly uncomfortable due to the added weight.

Ring mail is a body armour one step heavier than leather armour.


For a strong melee brute, it is generally not that useful; a heavier armour such as plate armour or chain mail is preferable. However, for a hybrid-style character, it strikes a balance between not interfering with spells too much and providing some protection, and so it may be desirable for such characters. Even hybrids will want to upgrade to a swamp dragon scales whenever possible, which has more AC and rPois for the same encumbrance.


Ring mail is an item of armour whose historical existence is somewhat doubtful. It seems more likely that it is a Victorian misinterpretation of contemporary depictions of chain mail or scale mail, or that the rings were merely items of decoration.

Mundane Ring mail1.png
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Artefact Ring mail3.png
Body Armour Leather armourRing mailScale mailChain mailPlate armourCrystal plate armour

RobeAnimal skinTroll leather armourSteam dragon scalesAcid dragon scales
Swamp dragon scalesQuicksilver dragon scalesFire dragon scalesIce dragon scales
Pearl dragon scalesShadow dragon scalesStorm dragon scalesGold dragon scales

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