Which is better, soak or defense? in WFRP Rules Questions Posted August 7, 2010 ozean said: Not to sound cheeky, but maybe your decision becomes easier if you imagine what your character would want to wear: how (s)he would like to appear in front of others, how (s)he would like to move, where (s)he would get the armor etc. Would you prefer to walk around in a full-length chainmail, with a chain hauberk on, dragging you down, looking somewhat weird but also very combat like… or would you prefer to walk around in a mail shirt, with free hands and maybe a stylish slashed white and red set of pants in current empire fashion? No worries on that score. The group here loves to RP. But thanks for the advice. But I take my RP from the perspective that my characters really do live in their make-believe world (make-believe for me, real for them). And they know how their world works, even if I don't. They live in it, they adventure in it, they're professionals at what they do, and because they've chosen an unbelivably dangerous profession (adventurer) they want to make gods-be-damned sure that they do it right, using all the knowledge and information they have at hand (and research if they need it). Anything else is just asking to have their adventuring career end, tragically short, in some unmarked grave somewhere, or maybe in a monster's belly. Accordingly, I belive a martially oriented individual living in this harsh world knows exactly why a one type of armor is preferable to another, and he can and should make his decision based on form AND function, style and survivability. All that being said, I wasn't really asking about what armor I should wear. I was more interested in getting a feel for how the game mechanics work.