|[ ring mail
Studded leather armor is generally preferred to ring mail: it is cheaper, weighs 50 aum less, and does not interfere with spellcasting for magic-focused roles. The starting set of ring mail for Barbarians and Knights is generally passable, but will typically be replaced with better armor as soon as it becomes available.
Ring mail first appears in hack121, a port of Jay Fenlason's Hack, and is included in the initial list of armor for Hack 1.0. From this version to NetHack 3.4.3, including some variants based on those versions, ring mail does not grant any MC.
Ring armour (or ring mail) is a type of personal armour believed to be constructed as a series of metallic rings sewn or tied directly to a fabric or leather item of clothing such as a jacket or trousers - this would make it more similar to studded leather armor. Unlike chain mail and similar armor, ring armour does not have the rings physically interlocked with each other.
Though ring mail is a standard type of armor in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, as well as other games and media inspired by it, no historic examples of ring armour are known to exist in European collections or archaeological excavations in Europe. The term "mail" was used in the Victorian era for any form of metallic body armour; "ring mail" as a term does not occur until around the 19th century. Most examples of ring mail are based on speculative interpretations of medieval artwork and historical accounts.
In variants based on NetHack 3.4.3 and earlier versions, worn ring mail may not grant any MC.
In dNetHack, ring mail grants 1 AC and 2 DR when worn, and weighs 125 aum, which is half of its weight in vanilla NetHack.
- Ring mail can be combined with scale mail to create banded mail.
- Two sets of ring mail can be combined to create chain mail.
- Ring mail can be combined with an orcish shield to create orcish chain mail.
- Ring mail can be combined with a helmet to create scale mail.
- src/u_init.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 76: Knight starting inventory
- src/u_init.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 46: Barbarian starting inventory
- src/u_init.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 220: Racial substitutions for orcish characters
- src/makemon.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 628
- src/extralev.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 347