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Clockwork Armor

Source Armor Master's Handbook pg. 28
Aura moderate transmutation CL 11th
Slot armor; Price 33,350 gp; Weight 60 lbs.


This suit of +2 field plateISWG is composed of durable plates of steel layered over an intricate framework of gears, springs, and pistons that move with mechanical precision. A suit of clockwork armor requires a special winding key to function; this key is created as part of making a suit of clockwork armor.

In order to function, a suit of clockwork armor must be fully wound as a full-round action. Once fully wound, a suit of clockwork armor functions for 4 hours. If a suit of clockwork armor is not fully wound, its gears grind to a halt and it imposes double its normal armor check penalty and a –2 penalty to its wearer’s Strength and Dexterity scores. Donning or removing a suit of unwound clockwork armor requires 10 minutes.

When fully wound, a suit of clockwork armor can be donned or removed as a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity. It grants the wearer a +4 temporary enhancement bonus to Strength and Constitution, and its weight does not count against the wearer’s total encumbrance. A single crossbow or firearm sized appropriately for the wearer can be added to the armor with a successful DC 20 Craft (armorer) check. Such a weapon can be fired once as a standard action by the wearer, then automatically reloads itself in 2d4 rounds, as long as the wearer has the appropriate ammunition in his gear.


Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, animate objects; Price 17,350 gp