Robe of weakness

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robe of weakness
Appearance randomized
Slot body armor
AC 1
Base price 50 zm
Weight 40
Material leather

A robe of weakness is a type of body armor that appears in SLASH'EM, SlashTHEM and Hack'EM. It is made of leather, and has the randomized appearance of a "colored robe" when unidentified.

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Aligned priests, high priests, the Arch Priest, and player monster priests may be generated with a robe of weakness.[1][2]


While worn, a robe of weakness grants 1 base AC and sets the character's base strength to 3, unless they are also wearing gauntlets of power.


A robe of weakness is generally undesirable to discover and makes identifying robes by wearing them perilous, especially without knowing their beatitude: robes of weakness are frequently generated cursed. It still has some limited niche uses, however, such as making strength exercise more effective. Informally identifying one tends to be non-trivial, since they share the same base cost as the robe of power and robe of protection.

Encyclopedia entry

Robes are the only garments, apart from Shirts, ever to have sleeves. They have three uses:
1. As the official uniform of Priests, Priestesses, Monks, Nuns (see Nunnery), and Wizards. The OMT [ Official Management Term ] prescribed for the Robes of Priests and Nuns is that they _fall in severe folds_; of Priestesses that they _float_; and of Wizards that they _swirl_. You can thus see who you are dealing with.
2. For Kings. The OMT here is _falling in stately folds_.
3. As the garb of Desert Nomads. [...]

[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]