Regardless of how the value is used, the armor still retains the fortification bonus.
Armor is described by a number of statistics, as shown on Table: Armor.
Fortification Bonus: Modern armor also includes the special quality of Fortification.
Maximum Dex Bonus: This number is the maximum Dexterity bonus to AC that this type of armor allows.
Skill Penalty: This penalty applies to checks involving any Dexterity based skill.
Speed: Medium and heavy armor slows a character down.
Weight: This column gives the armor’s weight.
Cost: This is the purchase cost to acquire the armor.
The following do not require a weapon proficiency to use.
This armor is represented by heavy leather jacket.
A number of other impromptu armors, such as football pads and a baseball catcher’s pads, offer similar protection and game statistics.
Designed for deep undercover work in which it’s critical that the wearer not appear to be armed or armored, this garment consists of a T-shirt with a band of light protective material sewn in around the lower torso.
This garment, consisting of a torso apron of light protective material held up by a loop around the neck, can be stored in an innocuous fanny pack. Deploying the apron is a move action.
Covering a larger area of the torso, this vest provides better protection than the light undercover shirt—but it’s also more easily noticed. It’s best used when the armor should remain unseen but the wearer doesn’t expect to face much scrutiny, granting a +2 bonus on Perception checks to notice the armor.
Standard issue in many police forces, this vest provides maximum protection in a garment that can be worn all day long under regular clothing. While it may go unnoticed by a quick glance, it grants a +4 bonus on Perception checks to notice the armor.
A lightweight tactical vest designed for extended use by riot police and forces on alert for potential attack, this armor sacrifices a degree of protection for a modicum of comfort—at least compared to other tactical body armors.
The standard body armor for police tactical units, this vest provides full-torso protection in the toughest flexible protective materials available.
The most powerful protection available is built into this suit, which consists of a heavy torso jacket with ceramic plates over the chest and back, neck and groin guards, arm protection and a helmet. Heavy and cumbersome, this armor is generally only donned by tactical officers heading into a dangerous assault.
Built like the tactical vest, but incorporating groin and neck protection as well as a ceramic plate over the chest, this armor provides additional protection in battles against heavily armed opponents.