As I have been giving out items I have been getting requests for mithral armor. Mithral, is a shiny or at the very least a silvery metal...drow live in a near light-less, world things where things like mithral would reflect very badly off the slightest glow off what little natural light there is. Which is why while heavier (well no heavier than ordinary steel, but certainly stronger), they tend to favor the darker colored adamantine. It is a trade off, even for the more stealth favoring drow.
Right now, I have been giving people +1 drowcraft
adamantine armor. While heavier, you do realize the full cost and actual combat value of just this one item is? Drowcraft
armors give a +2 deflection bonus to their Armor Class. So for all intents and purposes you are getting +1 armor and a +2 ring of protection rolled into one. Adamantine, gives a small damage reduction bonus for armor and for light armor users it is only 1 point, medium armor 2 points, and heavy armor 3 points; but that is still damage subtracted from incoming physical hits.
Low Strength score you say? You live in a world where weaknesses are frowned upon and anyone that would be wearing armor had better have the Strength to do so, is my answer. Wizards are about the only ones that wouldn't be "lifting" weights or who would spend so much time with their noses buried in their spellbooks that their Strength scores would suck, so if you gave them armor to wear they'd probably drop to their knees from the weight.
And look at the standard armor weight charts, don't even think about ANY special materials. Leather armors, which can't be made of any special materials anyways... weigh 15-20 lbs (20 for studded), so for D&D purposes those aren't exactly a "cakewalk" either in terms of weight for people looking for a way to "save" on encumbrance.
SO, since I have what seems like a million requests to answer for this and that.... I'm going to answer at least just this one, right up front and cover it all in public... BUT, if I have already given you your DM Granted Stuff list, you MUST report back to me if you intend on changing.
I did put in my custom rules section that there can be "blackened" mithral, and this will be the ONLY mithral that will be available in the city, as far as finished items. I put listings for ammunition and weapons, but unless you really need to save weight on your weapons...I seriously doubt anyone is going to need a mithral weapon as mithral doesn't bypass any special damage reductions or anything like that.
Anyways, OK. For anyone wanting mithral armor... here's the deal. And listen carefully, as I'm not going to play "ring around the rosy" about this.
You have a choice, as I've said I have been giving out +1 drowcraft
adamantine armors, so you can either:
- A) Take the +1 drowcraft adamantine armor
- B) Take "blackened" mithral armor
So essentially it comes down to, do you want the extra protection or do you want to loose the weight? Actual acceptable starting armor type choices are still up to my decision, although for anyone I have given a DM Granted Stuff list to and you are merely wanting to just switch to "blackened" mithral of the same type, you may do so.
For anyone wanting leather armor (or studded leather), please still see me for discussion about such.