Griffon Rider Flight Armor
Look, I understand that these things can be a bit stuffy when you're wearing them, but just be glad that they can keep you warm and on your Griffon because it will save your life when the need for them arrives. - Griffon RiderThough Griffon riding has only existed for almost half a decade now by the Norrians they have learned one hard truth about it, Humans were never made to survive up in the sky without proper protection from the element and from falling off their griffons from a height, not like that, it is not a pretty sight. It just takes forever to clean up the mess. This is why High King Darius Harkon ordered his best engineers and brightest minds to come up with a way to ensure the rider’s safety. From that, the flight armor was introduced to all riders to protect themselves from harm better and has been used since then.
Environmental DesignRider Armor is specially designed to protect its wearer from the weather that can be found in high altitudes in the air, and due to Norrie's cold climate, it is something familiar to many of its riders who take to the skies. But prolonged exposure to the elements can tax the body, and temperatures are far colder in the sky than on the ground below. There are also the implications of weather changes that can happen at any movement, such as blizzards and storms that are more dangerous in the air. Cold Glass was also created and inserted into the helmet's visor to block wind, snow, water, and sunlight from hindering their vision and not fog up when in contact with heat, so they are not blinded.
Safety PrecautionsDue to the hazards of flying, safety protocols have been created to ensure a pilot stays alive in case the rider encounters certain events during their time in the area. However, these systems are still being worked out to adjust the survivability of the rider in question properly. But it is better than nothing; by trial and error, the kinks can be worked out with time. Harness Straps: A series of straps attached to the suit to lock into a riding saddle. This is often done to allow the rider to stay on their Griffon when in combat, complex flight maneuvers, and harsh weather without the fear of falling off. The straps are often made of leather with metal at the end to avoid breaking from strain at any moment. Emergency Pockets: A series of pockets that a rider has on their suit that contain several items to use in different situations, such as a sunstone to light one's way through terrible weather or to seek help, signal powder to throw up in the air to signal the situation to other riders and healer's kit to help tend to any injuries they might have sustained in flight among several other things. Cape Release: Though the cape on a rider is a crucial part of ensuring that they are protected from the elements, it can be somewhat of a problem when in in-flight as it will go in whatever direction the wind takes it and can blind the rider as they struggle to get it out of their face which could cost them their life if in battle. This is why a system was created to remove the cape to avoid such a hassle with simple metal clips attached to the cape and the armor to remove quickly. This can allow the rider to store the cape in their saddle or abandon it to the wind if they are in danger. This is also used as a trick to distract a pursuer following them with the pursuer, either trying to dodge it or blind them when the cape gets caught.
The process of making the armor comes from several different places, often with materials already made before the suit is. With leather, fur, and cloth coming from craftsmen, blacksmiths, and hunters from across the continent and brought to the capital to alter to the armor. As for the Cold Glass, it is secretly forged by blacksmiths loyal to the crown to properly protect the riders. With most of it already done it takes only a few weeks to properly be made. Once done they are kept under guard to ensure no one steals in an undisclosed location.
The armor identifies those who wear it as members of the Kingdom of Norria's Royal Griffon Riders. A force that is in direct control of the High King of Norria due to it being founded by Darius Harkon when he became the first person to able to fly a Griffon and began to train other how to do it. It also shows the authority by serving under the High King and carry out his will and serving the kingdom by going on assignments and keeping the peace.
Nation's ProgressThough the Kingdom of Norria is a relatively new nation that has only managed to exist for only a few years now it has begun a fast rate of progress thus far that most people don't even realize. Through the achievement of making Griffons as valuable riding mounts giving the kingdom an edge in air superiority over other states that are stuck with just naval and ground forces, the flight armor is an achievement in its own right. As the sheer skill and craftsmanship involved in so little time to create such a thing is something that boggles the mind. Especially considering much of Norria's inhabitants are tribally based by nature and have no form of industry to nations such as the Vatian Empire who factories help fuel its civilization and its military at an astonishing rate goes to show that its people are capable of achieving great things they put their minds to it. Along with the knowledge that is coming from the outside world that is being put to use to them and with their knowledge to find a way to protect its riders without sacrificing their protection is a sign that many more achievements will come with time.
Dawning of a New AgeThe suit has another meaning to it as well, that the old ways of the world are dying out and will change into something else entirely. The idea of military forces doing battle in the sky let alone managing to survive so high up in the sky is considered unheard of and the ramblings of madmen that no one would ever believe in most parts of the world. But soon enough it will be undeniable once finally put into action on a large scale as war seems more likely to happen for the Kingdom of Norria with each passing day. Once used in combat the suits will be able to let their wearer reach up to high altitudes that most people will be unable to see clearly or ever hear from a distance only making the rider near undetectable by current standards and can strike at any time without sacrificing the element of surprise. Creating a new form of warfare that will cause many major changes when the time comes.
Only Griffon Riders can wear this armor which represents that they are part of the Kingdom of Norria's military forces and have earned the right to wear such armor as it allows them to become Griffon Riders and to have one outside of the riders is strictly forbidden and would result in harsh punishment for those who have possession of it.
19lbs - 60lbs
39 gold pieces
Raw materials & Components
The armor itself is a combination of various animal furs, tempered leather, metal, and cloth combined to create the armor. Along with the use of Cold Glass that is created in the forges in Norria to aid the rider in the air. Of course, new materials are being tested to improve upon current designs to ensure the riders become better equipped to complete their tasks in the future.