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January 15, 2006, 1:03 pm

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Inferno Mail


The bronze half plate of the Flame Knight, this armor serves to protect the wearer with the blessing of the Lord of Fire.

A light suit of platemail, this bronze armor has been polished until it shines like burnished gold. Thinner and lighter than average plate, the hand of delicate, elven craftsmanship is obvious through out, and as such, it is far easier to move in than the average half-plate, its strength deriving from the divine blessings laid upon it, rather than its construction.

Magical Properties:

When a Knight of Zevarith is offered up to his Lord for rebirth in the Holy Flame, so too are his arms. His sword and armor are anointed with holy oils, and built into the fire that rages first at the knight’s feet, then about his body. As the Knight is reborn, so too are his tools.

Once the Lord of Flame had finished reworking his new servant and his servant’s weapon, He turned His attention to the armor within the fire, and unlike what He found before in man and sword, He was most displeased.

Though serviceable, the mail offered up with the knight was battered and hard used in combat, and sooner or later, the Lord saw, it must fail. With the power of the flame, then, He caused the steel of the armor to melt to liquid, and with a touch of will, the metal itself was reborn from one alloy to another, from steel into bronze. At Zevarith’s command, the metal flowed upwards, into a form not entirely unlike the one that it had previously possesed, but more delicate and fluid in motion. Swiftly then, He wove the flame into the fabric of the armor’s being, and then, in the same heartbeat that He had come upon His servant, He left Searren.

Divinely blessed with the flame, the Inferno Mail protects quite well despite the material of its construction. Should it be damaged in battle, a few hours in a bonfire or larger will easily repair it. Further, when its wearer is injured and bleeding, it will heat up, swiftly and painlessly cauterizing the injury.

Finally, the flame that pervades the mail can be drawn out, replicating the fire that it was born in. For the wearer of the armor, as long as he is a follower of Zevarith, this is harmless, however, for those engaged directly in melee with him, this is often quite disastrous.

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January 19, 2004, 19:27
I like this item - particularly when combined with the other two posts aboutt Searren it makes him very distinct and interesting. Given that almost all of Searen's strength (both personal and that which he gains from his armour and weapons) are divinely linked to fire, does he share similar vulnerabilities to drenching with water that you would expect beings such as fire elementals to have? I could imagine throwing him overboard causing him quite a few problems. Also, is the armour intelligent enough to roast anyone who tries to put it on unless they're a devotee of Zevarith?
Siren no Orakio
January 19, 2004, 19:43
Searren is a man. At his core, he shares the same vulnerabilities that any other elf would have, outside of the gifts his god gives him. He won't /like/ the cold, but it won't hurt him too much more than it would any other man. Water(and more specifically, ice) may be anathema to his God, and thus his divine powers, but he's still a man with a sword, and he can still stick you with the pointy end.

The armor itself is rock stupid. You put it on, it's hot and sweaty, though it's kind of light. You activate its powers, it won't make you immune to them on its own. A player wearing this will want to know that -before- he casts a self centered fireball. Further more, it'll never quite fit right on anyone other than Searren. It's one of his divine gifts, so it's forged to him, even more so than a normal piece of armor.
January 19, 2004, 21:33
I enjoyed it alot.
No huge innovation on the concept of armor, or enchanted items.
However, it was well written and well conceived.
Siren no Orakio
January 20, 2004, 0:05
Unfortunately, into every campaign, that +n Half Plate of (something) must creep, from time to time. Just because at some point, someone, somewhere, is going to find it useful enough to make it.

It's nothing revolutionary, or really even evolutionary, but it was indeed built to fit the character, and I'm relatively happy with the way it fits Searren. I've never really been comfortable with paladins and the like accruing various magic bits here and there, it seems out of place. Thus, I prefer to have their things come from their organization, or better yet, directly from their god, and some of it needs to be just simple, solid stuff.
January 20, 2004, 3:03
Indeed: the three submissions make a nice set. I think the elemental touch is good (the fire theme). The idea of a deathless warrior as phoenix is not something I'd come across before, and it's an interesting combination.

Voted Cheka Man
May 26, 2007, 13:48
The wearer should be careful before casting flame from this.
Siren no Orakio
May 26, 2007, 15:19
HoH on the worst one in the set? :p Thank you!
Voted Shadoweagle
August 27, 2013, 4:56
I like that Zevarith was displeased with Searren's armour, unlike his weapon, and repairing the suit in fire is a neat thought.
The sum of the three subs are greater than the individual items, I think; without knowing of Searren, this would be less exciting.

The Parallels between Celsia and Searren are nice - I like how they each own a weapon and piece of enchanted armour.
Voted valadaar
March 24, 2017, 10:54
This is great item - simple, to the point, and it makes sense. Armor like this could be standard equipment for elite fire paladins everywhere :)

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