This light mail shirt, usually composed of mithril or made in the form of steel ringmail, is favoured by Winterfolk and Freeborn senators,diplomats, negotiators and merchants who go to dangerous places in the pursuit of their duties. It is also popular with banner-bearers and scops. In these professions, many lack the boisterous spirit found among those who thrive on the battlefield, so they often seek out inspiring weapons to accompany the armour such as a Triumphant Blade.
Since no rare materials are needed to produce these, the enchantment is derived entirely from the skill of the artisan. In Urizen each ring is polished to the greatest possible shine and exposed to intricate patterns of light, while an Orcish smith might gather a few links from the armour of many of her hardiest comrades before combining them to produce a mail shirt of great Worth drawing on the resilience of all the links’ past owners. In Wintermark and most other lands, tiny runes are etched into some of the rings, usually Evrom, the rune of beginnings, to give the wearer a fresh start or occasionally Naeve, the rune of hunger, to drive the wearer through hardship and on to greater things.
In the Brass Coast it is sometimes crafted from leather and dubbed Scrivener's Scale. The Freeborn Emperor Ahraz is known to have worn a suit of scrivener's scale during most of his career, including his negotiations with the rebellious orc slaves. When queried about why he did not don a more powerful suit of armour he is said to have replied:
- Form: Armour. Takes the form of a suit of medium armour. You must be wearing this armour to use its magical properties.
- Requirement: Any character can bond to this item.
- Effect: You may spend a hero point to use the unstoppable skill as if you know it.
- Materials: Crafting a suit of Mediator's Mail requires seven ingots of weltsilver, and five measures of ambergelt. It takes one month to make one of these items.