Nighthide (3.5e Equipment)
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Created from the bodies of creatures of the night, it is magically processed to awaken its essence, the ability to cloak oneself in the darkness, fear, and power of night. Typically created out of creatures such as nightshades (specifically nightwings), dire bats, shadow dragons, or other leathery or scaled night beasts, after processing it all takes on a similar appearance of a smooth black matte finish somewhere between plastic and leather. For obvious reasons, nighthide can only be applied to armor.
Nighthide can only be applied to armor made out of fabric or leather (such as padded, leather, studded leather, and hide) as well as armors with multiple pieces like chain shirts, chain mail, scale mail, and splint mail. Qualifying armor made out of nighthide grant the wearer a +4 bonus on Hide checks while in shadowy illumination or darker, and a +4 on Intimidation checks made in shadowy illumination or darker. Something about the armor simply unnerves people. Finally, while in shadowy illumination or darker and remaining immobile and performing no actions (except purely mental actions), you are invisible. Attacks still break invisibility as normal. This last part is a supernatural effect.
Curiously the material has an effect when made into capes or cloaks. On such items, they reduce falling damage by 10 ft per HD of the creature wearing it. You can also twirl said cloak as a move action to a creature in your reach to gain 50% concealment, but only to the creature you target. Cloaks and capes do not receive the bonuses listed for armor.
Nighthide needs special preparation so all weapons and armor made from it are always of masterwork quality; the masterwork cost is included in the prices given below. Thus, nighthide armor has an armor check penalty that is lessened by 1 compared to ordinary armor of its type.
Nighthide has 8 hit points per inch of thickness and hardness 2.
|Type of Nighthide Item||Item Cost Modifier|
|Cloaks and Capes||+1,000 gp|
|Identifier||3.5e Equipment +|
|Rated By||balmz +|
|Rating||Rating Pending +|
|Summary||Created from the bodies of creatures of the night, it is magically processed to awaken its essence, the ability to cloak oneself in the darkness, fear, and power of night. +|