Campaign of the Month: September 2013
Saracen Open Helm
The Saracen Open Helm, a specific style of open faced helmet, is usually made of the same material as the armor if possible, or of a similarly protective material if not possible (some living armors do not allow helmets to be formed or to be implanted in the head). The character is free to wear the helmet or not. While he wears the helmet, he gains a +2 Deflection Bonus to the Difficulty Number to score an Armor-Defeating Hit against him, just as for shields, as he has covered a vulnerable area.
However, he also receives a –1 penalty to Perception Tests, except for visual perception in his direct field of vision. In contrast to the Deflection Bonus from a shield, the Deflection Bonus from a helmet cannot usually be denied. The Deflection bonus applies only to an Armor Rating the armor has, a helmet for a suit that does not have a Mystic Armor Rating does not offer a Deflection Bonus to attacks against the wearer’s Spell Defense. The gamemaster may apply the –1 penalty to other tests where the helmet might be in the way, such as tests where the adept’s face must be seen for an ability to work.