Paltetian Hunter Leathers
I hated the leathers at first - hotter and stiffer than anything I've worked in before - until on my second hunt I fell down a ravine, and the uniform saved my hide. Now that I've had them for a few years, they're the most comfortable things I own.
FeaturesThe many belts and straps added to the jacket and other pieces of the uniform allow for various tools and items to be strapped on as necessary. The most notable aspect of this "uniform" however is that there are no patches or insignia to identify members as Paltentian Hunters. Neither are there any obvious outward symbols to denote rank. Nothing about the Chief Hunter's uniform differs radically from the newest member's, except perhaps signs of wear.
Tools of the TradeStandard items are issued to each Hunter and must be attached to or otherwise carried within the uniform when on patrol. These include:
- Communication device
- Bioelectromagnetic sensor
- Stun gun
- Shock rifle
- Hunting knife
Basic ItemsThe various leather pieces, hunting knife, and other basic gear are made by different contracted businesses, primarily in or near Theden, who aquire leather from tanners of their choice.
High-tech ToolsItems such as the bioelectromagnetic sensor and the shock rifle are made in secret government labs, where they are also calibrated, repaired, and maintained.
Unofficial Add-onsThe Paltetian Hunters are given a lot of freedom to customize their uniforms. This primarily occurs through the addition of specific items and added straps, belts, or pouches to contain those items.
Good Luck CharmMagimandus, a creature unknown to Paltetia's citizens, they carry a naturally shed scale from their favorite charge. A chord of leather, twine, or some other material is often threaded through one or two drilled holes in the scale and worn about the neck, hidden beneath the Hunter's coat.
History of the UniformPaltetia Revolution, during the building of the Great Divide at the begining of the Divided Era. In the early years, rough-spun cotton cowls were added during the winter months, as they were preferred by the group's founder, Lyle Deckard. They were issued for nearly 25 years, but fell out of favor not long after his passing. At various points throughout the years, metal plates have been added and removed from underneath the leather. These plates offer greater protection from slashing, stabbing, and blunt force attacks, but add weight and restrict maneuverability. They eventually were removed for the sake of allowing the Hunters to range farther without tiring. Currently, the plates are impractical, as they cannot protect against modern weaponry. And they are believed to increase vulnerability to some magics.
Future DevelopmentA thinner, lighter material is being developed and considered as inserts beneath the leathers to provide superior protection to the Hunters with minimal impact to weight and agility.
An elite group tasked with protecting Paltetia from dangers in the Great Woods
Only a drunk would insult someone dressed in Hunter leathers. And he'll find himself tossed out on his ass.
The Great WoodsPaltetian Hunters operate in The Great Woods, a stretch of forested land spanning nearly the entire length of the eastern side of Paltetia and roughly dividing the continent of Wennovi. Paltetians believe the Great Woods to be impassible and the lands beyond to be uninhabitable.
The Great Woods is an impassible forest full of strange and dangerous creatures. No one could live there. It's illegal even to go in there, unless you're one of them hunters, don't you know?
MagimandusPaltetian Hunters often work with a fearsome creature native to the Great Woods. This creature has been kept secret from citizens, as its primary role is to hunt down magic and magic-users.
Magimandus scales have many uses: traditional medicine, potions, and more
Words and phrases used by Paltetian Hunters when in public to obfuscate their true meaning