Invulnerable Coat of Arnd

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Invulnerable Coat of Arnd
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The Invulnerable Coat of Arnd, as depicted in the Spellfire CCG's Runes and Ruins expansion (1996).
Type Artifact
Price
Body slot Torso
Caster level
Weight 25 lbs
First appearance Eldritch Wizardry (1976).

The Invulnerable Coat of Arnd is a powerful artifact.

Description

The Invulnerable Coat of Arnd is a shining coat of chainmail which covers the chest and abdomen, and will fit any humanoid regardless of size. It renders the areas protected completely invulnerable to physical attacks, protects the wearer from spells, fire, acid, cold and disease.

History

The priests and great craftsmen of the land of the wizard tyrant Virtos worked together to create an invulnerable coat in order to endow a new champion with the strength and courage needed to defeat their oppressor. Arnd arrived and agreed to don the Coat and led the people into battle, defeating Virtos utterly.

Arnd is known as the possessor (in more ways than one) of the Invulnerable Coat of Arnd. It is said that Arnd's spirit still inhabits the armor that bears his name, attempting to aid the poor whenever possible.

Creative origins

In an interview in Oerth Journal #14, Rob Kuntz revealed that the Invulnerable Coat of Arnd was briefly stolen by Boaric, a human fighter played by Skip Williams as he tried to make his escape from the Dark Druids module. Unfortunately for Boaric, he was slain by a vrock, who dropped him from a great height. Williams was made to believe by Kuntz that the Coat had shattered in the same fall that killed Boaric, but in reality the vrock, afraid to touch the artifact itself, alerted its superiors to the artifact's location, and the Coat was brought back to a temple area. Williams briefly mentioned the event in an interview with Grognardia. [1]

Gallery

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Bibliography

  • Collins, Andy, and Bruce R. Cordell. Epic Level Handbook. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2002.
  • Cook, David. Book of Artifacts. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1993.
  • Gygax, Gary. Dungeon Master's Guide. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1979.