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Culturally Inspired Armor -
part 1
by Garven Juli

I knew the moment I
finished reading the books
and looking at the stunning
symbolism of my people that
I would have to make armor
based on this work. The
book is all the rage in
Kelethin, so I probably
don't have to tell you
about it. Go out and find
a copy for yourself. The
patterns in it are amazing.
I think I've figured out a
good way to make the armor,
and I want to share it with

First you'll need material.
If you want to work in
silk, get a silk swatch, if

you work in leather then a
medium quality cat pelt
will do. For this, though,
you'll need some special
embroidery work. Get a
small spool of Mithril
thread and your Feir'Dal
needle. Work the Mithril
thread into the swatch in
your Feir'Dal sewing kit,
freehand it, just make sure
that you weave the thread
in somewhat evenly to add
strength to the swatch.

I know that the other races
all use the standard silk
swatches for this work, but
I've been hearing about the
use of other animal pelts
for leather. I guess
that's not unusual.
Humans, High Elves, those
filthy Dark Elves, Half

Elves, Erudites and
Frogloks all use cat pelts.
I assume that decision is
made for availability and
size reasons. The larger
races, Barbarians, Trolls
and Ogres all use medium
quality bear skins, while
all the shorter folks use
medium quality wolf skins.
There are some oddballs,
like the Vah Shir who might
be unwilling to use cat
skins, they use medium
quality hides from those
rock hoppers they have.
Iksar find sabertooth tiger
hides easy enough to come
by, and so they use those.

Of course the simpler silk
and medium quality pelts
are only suited for
journeyman work with these

patterns. I'll try to
discover what works for
better quality armor later
if I can.

Once you have your silk or
leather, you'll need a
pattern. I had to do some
favors for someone to get a
copy for myself, you'll
have to find someone to get
your pattern book from.
It's worth the effort. The
pattern book will show you
how to make patterns.

Once you have a few
patterns and some material,
you're ready to get to work
making your armor. This
will be good armor, but
later I'll show you how to
make it special.

Smaller pieces, like
wristguards, gloves and
sleeves, will only require
one swatch. You'll need
two for helmets or boots,
and three for something as
large as a robe or pants.
You'll also need an extra
swatch of your base
material, one without the
Mithril stitching, to fill
in the joints and for
backing. Follow the
pattern and you'll produce
a fine template.

Most of us would do this in
a sewing kit. For some
reason those tiny Gnomes
work in a toolbox at this
stage. I've seen them
throw some of the craziest
things into those kits, but
they seem to come out with

functional enough armor, if
you don't mind the whirring
and ticking noises they
sometimes make. Only a
Gnome would understand, I

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