The cloth used to make these sturdy pieces of clothing is woven with weltsilver threads and stiffened with ambergelt resin - a type of cloth called trollsweave by the Winterfolk. The hems are often intricately decorated with the rune Rhyv, in the Varushkan style, symbolising both healing and the wearer’s sacrifice of more protective garb in favour of these robes. While other magical robes are often long and dramatic, these vests tend to be shorter to prevent them hindering the wearer on the battlefield when seconds can make all the difference in saving a life.
These valuable tunics are favoured by heroic magician-healers who move quickly through the heart of the battle in search of those hovering on the brink of death who cannot wait for the attentions of a chirurgeon. This ability, to pull a patient back from the very edge of life, has lead to the vest being called a “Gravesnatcher’s Shroud” in the League, and to skilled battlefield healers sometimes being called gravesnatchers.
Some scholars claim that the intense burst of Spring magic delivered through the use of these robes has a greater chance of causing the latent Briar lineage to manifest in a patient. Several notable stargazers have publicly dismissed this theory, but those with strong prejudices against briars are leery about the use of this garment.
When combined with a Woundbinder wand, the two items together are sometimes called the Warhealer's Regalia or occasionally the Chirurgeon's Tools.
- 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: Twice per day when you cast, or swift cast, the heal spell you may do so without spending any mana. You must be able to cast the heal spell to use this power.
- Materials: Crafting a Trollsweave Vest requires eight ingots of weltsilver, seven measures of ambergelt, and three measures of iridescent gloaming. It takes one month to make one of these items.