These beautiful long coats are usually worked with orichalcum-and-gold thread, and dyed vibrant, iridescent colours. They are popular with folk from all walks of life, offering a level of protection similar to that granted by armour but without the weight or restriction on movement or magic. They are particularly popular with senators and priests, but they are also worn by wealthy individuals such as physicians or magicians who regularly travel to dangerous locations or fear assassination.
This coat was most famously owned by the dashing mountebank Joaozinho Andre di Tassato, whose foolhardy daring has been immortalised by numerous songs and play. Although a highly accomplished ritualist, he was well-known for charging head-long into brawls and battles armoured in only his distinctive purple shimmergold coat, much to the distress of his companions. Purple-Coated is a slang term used by some Free Companies of Tassato to refer to foolhardy bravery.
Although the benefit of the enchantment is clear, many who live in the wilds find the garish colouring of these robes challenging. Shimmergold robes of Navarri or Suaq manufacture are more commonly long tunics worn under other layers or occasionally linings sewn into furs. These are known as Summer-Plume Shirts and are appreciated by scouts across the Empire. A few shimmergold coats are even reversible, allowing the owner to flip between subtle and showy sides.
- Form: Armour. Takes the form of a robe. You must be wearing this robe to use its magical properties.
- Requirement: You must have the magician skill to bond to this item.
- Effect: You gain one additional rank of endurance.
- Materials: Crafting a shimmergold coat requires three measures of iridescent gloaming, three ingots of weltsilver and three ingots of orichalcum. It takes one month to make one of these items.
Old Marcher Jack
O’the spirit of the seasons
Taught us all to make a coat
And gave us lotsa reasons
Spring you’re warm an’ winters gone
Be round again afore too long,
Summers here the suns’a’blazin’
Keeps you safe from Feni’s razin’,
Autumn’s coming, leaves a’fallin
Need to stay out, logs need haulin’.
Winter’s here, it’s wet an’ cold
But you can stay out, proud an’ bold.