Yes, these items are generally one-off constructions. They are very expensive (that is why the target in the backstory was a king) and need suprise to be effective. Once mages know what to look for, these suits lose their effectiveness. Go to Comment
In any case, I would let the GM decide on how well they are known. Their power is increased by their rarity. In this case, only Kagerith knows the way to make these suits (he has apprentices, but he is jealous of his secrets, so they only know part of the process). If his written works were stolen, then other mages could carry on with production. Go to Comment
Jeesh, the feedback others make to put a little more detail into the Bolt of Twilight has created a monster! :)
Seriously, when I started to read the description, I was wondering why people ever worship these things but that became pretty clear early on. This is an excellent alternative to the generic evil gods of death.
Wow, you would have to be _really_ desperate to use this one.
Seriously though, if the forest people are that desperate, then the success rate of this armour would need to be high to be worth it - if it killed/incapacitated more warriours then could use it, then this seems worse then simply fighting and dying gloriously.
Perhaps there are other herb or secret potion which would reduce/eliminate the pain and madness involved and so only outsiders who tried to use it would encounter the full detrimental effects of the armour. Personally, I'd take my chances using a fire-harded spear against metal equipped enemies then go through this :) Go to Comment