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Full plate armor is  the best armor a  warrior can buy,  both in appearance
and protection.  The perfectly-fitted  interlocking  plates  are  specially
angled to  deflect  arrows and  blows,  and the entire  suit  is  carefully
adorned with rich engraving and embossed detail.

Suits of  full plate armor are as  rare as powerful  magical items in  most
fantasy campaigns. Magical sets of full plate are artifacts to be treasured
and hidden away, the objects of glorious quests.

In most campaigns, the number of sets of full plate armor can be counted as
easily as  the numbers  of crown  knights who owe their  allegiance  to the
king. In many kingdoms,  it is a crime to possess a set of full plate armor
without royal permission,  as a wise king keeps any armorer capable of such
craftsmanship at his beck and call.

Full plate armor is one of the greatest gifts a great lord can bestow  upon
his followers.  It is a prize as coveted for the status it confers  as  its
monetary value.  A suit of full plate armor will often be a gift  presented 
to great knights  upon great service  to the realm,  or as an incentive  to
attract  a knight  errant of  unquestioned  prowess  to the  king's private

In addition,  full plate armor is the most  technologically  advanced armor
available  in the  later medieval and high chivalry settings.  The  special
touches and custom enhancements added by the few living master armorers are
what give full plate armor  its increased armor  class rating over the more
traditional forms of field plate. At prices that start at 4,000 gold pieces
for  a simple,  unadorned  suit,  full plate armor represents the  crowning
achievement of the armorer's ultimate goal-- to forge for man a new skin of
steel, as flexible as his own, but as invulnerable as anything in the land.

This increased protection comes only with a price.  While  full plate armor
wears well when correctly fitted, it is cumbersome to don or remove without
assistance. Herein enters the attendent.

For most knights,  the attendent is a  vassal or  squire who tends  to  the
knight's every need.  He sharpens his  lord's sword and  brushes his horse.
However, the great knight chooses his attendent carefully, for he knows his
life may depend on this decision.

Without the assistance of a capable attendent,  a knight requires  ~20 mins
to don  his armor.  An attendent cuts  this time by half.  As  most  combat
veterans know,  cutting  the  average armoring time  in  half can mean  the
difference between being at the battle and missing it entirely!

Slot(s):                                torso, legs, feet, arms, hands
Size:                                   large

Protection against:
 cut                                    excellent
 stab                                   excellent
 bash                                   superb
 other                                  excellent

List by type: banded plate, battlesuit, chain mail, elfin chain mail, field plate, full plate, mail coat, mail shirt, o-yoroi, padded armour, robe, robes, scale mail, shirt, sleeved coat, sleeved mail coat, splint mail and studded armour

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