Modern Armour

Modern Armour is anything that you can purchase or repurpose that grants a Defence bonus (or Resistance Score) and is a product of modern industry. It does not include traditional protection such as mail and plates, which are Archaic Armour.

Armour Def. Non-Prof Max Dex ECP Speed Weight PDC
NBC Suit +5 -4 10 lb. 15
Fire Resistant Suit +5 -4 10 lb. 13
Helmet, Light +2 +1 +10 -1 3 lb. 14
Helmet, Heavy +3 +1 +6 -3 5 lb. 14
Biker Jacket +1 +1 +8 0 4 lb. 10
Sport Pads +1 +1 +8 0 4 lb. 10
Light Undercover Shirt +2 +1 +7 0 2 lb. 13
Pull-Up Pouch Vest +2 +1 +6 -1 2 lb. 13
Undercover Vest +3 +1 +5 -2 3 lb. 14
Concealable Vest +4 +2 +4 -3 -5 ft. 4 lb. 15
Light-Duty Vest +5 +2 +3 -4 -5 ft. 8 lb. 16
Tactical Vest +6 +2 +2 -5 -5 ft. 10 lb. 17
Special Response Vest +7 +3 +1 -6 -10 ft. 15 lb. 18
Forced-Entry Unit +9 +3 +0 -8 -10 ft. 20 lb. 19


NBC Suits do not grant an armour bonus. Instead, these oversized suits protect you from nuclear (radiation), biological, and chemical hazards when they are fully sealed: +10 equipment bonus on Fortitude saves against radiation, disease, chemicals, or poisons (airborne or contact only). An NBC suit comes with an internal air supply that lasts for one hour. The suit takes 5 minutes to don with someone’s aid or 10 minutes without. If an NBC suit takes 4 points of damage from ballistic, slashing, or piercing weapons, the benefits it provides are negated. If the suit has been exposed to some hazard, it must be cleaned and neutralized, taking 1 hour and requiring special chemicals (PDC 15) and high-pressure water hoses.

Fire Resistant Suits are bulky, silver-coated suits that provide Resistance (heat) 10, but do not protect against any other type of damage. They are used primarily by fire fighters.

Helmets: These fit over the head, protect the skull, and usually wrap around the face, thus protecting some of the most vital areas of the body. They are most typically designed for riding motorcycles or other open-air vehicles (i.e., Heavy Helmets), but are also designed for some sporting events, like fencing or baseball (i.e., Light Helmets). Heavy Helmets always have some way of seeing out the front, either a hardened but clear polymer, a fine mesh, or even a traditional slatted “beaver,” as found in medieval armour. Light Helmets are often open-faced. Light Helmets  impose a -2 penalty to Observe checks, and Heavy Helmets impose a -4.

Biker Jacket are specialized jacket’s made of tough material, not always leather, and designed to protect the wearer in case of accidents.

Sport Pads include hockey or American football gear, or any other combinations of helmets and pads that might be worn for contact sports. This kind of armour automatically takes the “Low-Melting Point” modification.

Light Undercover Shirts are designed for deep undercover work in which it’s critical that the wearer not appear to be armed or armoured, this garment consists of a T-shirt with a band of light protective material sewn in around the lower torso.

Pull-Up Pouch Vests consist of a torso apron of light protective material held up by a loop around the neck. They can be stored in an innocuous belt pack. Deploying the apron is a move action. This garment provides no equipment bonus (and has no armour penalty or maximum Dexterity bonus) when it is not deployed.

Undercover Vests cover a larger area of the torso and provide better protection than the light undercover shirt, they are easier to notice; they impose Stealth -2 to checks against spotting the presence of the vest.

Concealable Vests are standard issue in many police forces. They provide maximum protection in a garment that can be worn all day long under regular clothing. While they can go unnoticed by a quick glance, they are usually visible to anyone looking closely; the impose Stealth -4 to check against spotting the presence of the vest.

Light-Duty Vests are designed for extended use by riot police and forces on alert for potential attack. They sacrifice a degree of protection for a modicum of comfort, at least compared to other tactical body armours.

Tactical Vests are the standard body armour for police tactical units. They provide full-torso protection in the toughest flexible protective materials available.

Special Response Vests are built like the tactical vests but incorporate groin and neck protection as well as ceramic plates over the chest. They provide additional protection in battles against heavily armed opponents.

Forced Entry Units have the most powerful protection available, which consists of a heavy torso jacket with ceramic plates over the chest and back, neck and groin guards, arm protection, and a helmet. Heavy and cumbersome, this armour is generally only donned by tactical officers heading into a dangerous assault.

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