Borderlands/Enchantments

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Armor

Armor Pieces Vs Armor Sets

The listed prices for Armour enchantments assumes armour enchanted as a set. This is any number of pieces in a single layer, to be worn on one person. The entire set must be worn to gain the benefit of the set enchantment - removing a single piece temporarily disables the enchantment. For this reason, helmets and gauntlets are often excluded from sets, as the pieces most often removed. Non-set pieces can be worn in adjunct, or even layered over/under a set without impacting the set enchantment. Multiple layers need to be enchanted as separate sets.

Individual armor pieces are enchanted at a fraction of the cost of the equivalent set. This is based on the final dollar cost, not based on the "energy" cost (this is a significant difference from the rule from GURPS Magic!). A single armor piece covering multiple hit locations must be enchanted equally over all locations - a helmet that covers the Face and Skull cannot be enchanted only on the Skull. For your convenience, the parts table is reproduced below:

This means that enchanting full-body coverage piece-by-piece costs 130% of a full suit, but each piece functions individually in any combination.

Armor Pieces Percentage of Listed Cost
Full Suit 100%
Torso and Vitals 50%
Groin 10%
Neck 2.5%
Arms 15% *
Legs 30% *
Hands 5% *
Feet 7.5% *
Skull 5%
Face 5%

* Individual limb pieces may be enchanted for 2/3rds the price of a matched pair.

Example: an Impenetrable Iron Corselet would cost $1300 for the armor piece, plus $2400 for Impenetrable (Fortify +2 DR) over the Torso, Vitals and Groin, for a total price of $3700. An Iron Barrel Helm of Lightness would cost $300 for the barrel helm and $10 for the Lighten enchantment on the Face and Skull, for a total price of $310.

Deflect, Defending Shield

Deflect

Note that any random hit-location against someone with Deflect should be rolled before any Active Defense to determine if it strikes a protected location. There is no "passive defense" effect or "cover" effect, unlike in 3e, or with a real shield. Unlike Shield DB, however, the Deflect bonus applies from any angle - attacks from behind, above, and below do not circumvent Deflect. Deflect does not enable you to make otherwise forbidden Blocks or Parries.
Cost is increased to 500/2500/8000/15000/25000 to reflect the significant utility of this enchantment.

Defending Shield

Cost is reduced to 100/500/2000 to reflect the relative benefit compared to Deflect. Attacks from above, behind, and below, as well as the off-shield side, all circumvent the bonus from Defending Shield - just as with regular DB.

Weapons

Shatterproof

This should probably be called "Shatter Resistant" or "Ruggedized" or something else that doesn't imply absolute protection.

A "Shatter Resistant" enchantment costs $500 per pound of weapon or shield weight, up to 16 lbs ($8000) and increases the effective Quality of the weapon or shield one level (for breakage purposes only!). Very Fine items gain an additional +1 to resist breakage.

Defending Weapon

Cost to enchant Defending Weapon is reduced to 100/500/2000 to reflect the relative benefit compared to Deflect.

New Enchantments

These new enchantments are available at character creation, and at most places catering to adventurers.

Spell Effect Base Item Cost Prefix Suffix
Soilproof Unaffected by mundane dirt, blood, mud, etc. Still damaged by direct attacks. Wearer not protected. Armor Suit $500 Self-cleaning of Fastidiousness
Weapon, Other $25×Lbs
As per Self-cleaning, plus resists Making/Breaking spells with power 15, doubles the time to penetrate by Oozing Doom-type effects, and halves amount of DR lost to Corrosion attacks. Does not reduce the damage to the wearer by Corrosion or Oozing Doom, once it penetrates. Armor Suit $4,000 Resilient of Resistance
Weapon, Other $200×Lbs
Adjustable Clothing Resizes to fit any race, +/- 1 SM, Overweight, or Skinny Armor Suit $150×DR,
×2 if Very Fine or Masterfully Tailored
Comfortable of Adjustment
Clothing (DR 1* or worse) $100
Resizes to fit any race, +/- 3 SM, Fat, or Skinny Armor Suit $300×DR, ×2 if Very Fine or Masterfully Tailored Indulgent of Adaptation
Clothing (DR 1* or worse) $200
Toughen Harden vs DR divisor (2) Armor Suit $200 Hardened of Proof
Harden vs DR divisor (3) Armor Suit $4,000 Indivisible of the Atom

Note that Comfortable and Indulgent tends to be a post-market addition to armor - heirloom equipment, spoils of war, and second hand armor can be difficult to refit, but the item was likely tailored to fit someone when initially commissioned. This enchantment solves the problem for most characters.

These enchantments will not "fix" Cheap or Munitions armor - they'll just allow it to fit badly on everyone.

When the Comfortable or Indulgent enchantment is suppressed or lost, the armor will immediately fall off, rather than constricting or injuring the wearer. A full suit of armor in your hex counts as Bad Footing.

Comfortable or Indulgent clothing is also popular for maternity clothes for the nobility, and for formal outfits for banqueting.