Crystal Casting Armor
Is it a bird, is it a dragon? No it's a flying wizard!In the world of Niorath the Crystal Casting Armors are among the strangest pieces of clothing one can find. At first sight they look like a well decorated mix of metal armor and cloth. But when they are worn by a magic user their properties can change very noticeably.
AppearanceAs the armor can change form depending on the kind of user or her/his actions, the armor's appearance is typically classified into two forms.
While not being worn by a magic user or if the magic user chooses, the Casting Armor looks normal although expensive. The most striking feature is perhaps the fact that part of the armor is made from elemental crystals. These are especially prevalent on the shoulderpads and the various decorations in the metal breastplate. The lower part of the armor consists of metal greaves and robes. Often these robes are lined with a thin layer of crystal as well. Another important aspect of the armor is the elemental crystal which is placed on the forehead of the caster. This allows the caster to use her/his mind to control the various properties of the armor.
CloudcrystalCloudcrystal armor has a blue color, and emits a cyan light while used for casting. It is the most common type used in Aelerium.
EmbercrystalEmbercrystal armor is red in color and emits a fiery crimson light during casting. Since Embercrystals are more common in Mervidel the majority of the armors of this type can be found here.
SeacrystalSeacrystal armor is white in color and it emits the same color during casting. This armor is pretty uncommon because Seacrystals are the rarest of the elemental crystals.
TremorcrystalTremorcrystal armor is yellow in color and emits a warm yellow light during casting. Most of the Tremorcrystals are found deep underground and the armors are therefore more commonly used by inhabitants of the Lower Realms.
The regular look changes completely when worn by a magic user. If the caster chooses to do so, part of the crystals imbedded in the armor will start emitting light, depending on the type of elemental crystal used. The armor can have additional properties based on the elemental crystal that is used. Some of these are merely cosmetic. For example, the winds created around a caster using cloudcrystal armor can blow robes and hair. This looks intimidating but serves no real practical use.