The suit of armour was crafted by a smith called Waylan the Hexed with the aid of servants of Balor. Balor is the god of the Dead and is associated with dark spirits and evil intent. Waylan was enticed into making the armour in return for wealth and immortality. He only worked on the armour at night while shadowed beings stood around him whispering instruction and enchantments. During the day he was often found asleep near his forge and he ate little. The black iron used in the making of the armour is otherworldly in origin. It is believed to come of the Shadowlands, the realm of the dead and the domain of Balor. The dark god saw the use of such armour in bringing more dead to him and should the wearer of the armour fall, Balor put a counter-measure in place.
Black iron armour, including gauntlets and greaves but no helmet is included. Skull designs decorate the buckle and knees of the armour. The metal remains cool to the touch no matter the ambient temperature.
The armour provides protection as any iron armour would with the following bonues:
Simple undead (animated corpses and skeletons) cannot sense the wearer of the armour if the complete set is worn. The armour masks the living aura of the wearer.
The wearer can ignore pain. When the wearer is struck a numbing cold from the armour leeches into the wounded area, dulling the pain. This allows the wearer to withstand blows that would normally cripple a person.
When the wearer is about to fall unconscious, an unnatural cold will seep from the black iron of the armour into the muscle and organs of the wearer preventing him from falling unconscious. Should the wearer take enough damage to kill him, he will die but rise again after a day as a wight. This is Balor's last laugh on mortals that wear armour designed by the god of death.