Description

A Runemark Shirt is a light hauberk or harness of padded cloth or thin leather. However, its true power lies in its ability to inspire the wearer. The appearance of these shirts varies greatly across the Empire but most bear symbols important to the wearer, emblems of organisations or ideas they believe in and can drive them to greatness. Bonding to these shirts can lead to an even greater devotion to the cause depicted, as they fill the wearer with pride and courage.

Those made in Wintermark most closely live up to the name Runemark Shirt, bearing Verys, the Rune of Might, and other runes important to the wearer, such as runes associated with their lineage or favoured Virtue. The presence of the runes in general remind the Winterfolk of their rich mystical heritage.

In Varushka the Runemark Shirt is more likely to depict animals, particularly bears, boars and hounds.

While the Imperial Orcs will obviously work their personal legion symbol into the crafting of the armour. Some take particular pride in wearing Runemark Shirts bearing the image of the Imperial Horse, proclaiming that their greatest inspiration is the Empire as a whole, rather than any small part of it.

Other nations decorate them with their own favoured symbols such as Dawnish heraldry, the symbols of their chapter, or whatever it takes to inspire the wearer to push themselves to greater deeds.

Rules

  • Form: Armour. Takes the form of a suit of light armour. You must be wearing this armour to use its magical properties.
  • Requirement: Any character can bond to this item.
  • Effect: You gain one additional hero point.
  • Materials: Crafting a Runemark Shirt requires nine ingots of green iron and five measures of iridescent gloaming. It takes one month to make one of these items.
"Forgive me, ancestors, but you are wrong. I shall prove our worth to my brothers and sisters in the Legion. I shall prove our worth to the humans that look on us with fear and mistrust. And I shall prove our worth to you as well, even if I have to cross the Abyss to do it."