The armor thrull, like most of the Fallen Empire cards, was weak for it’s mana cost. But the idea of a creature bred and raised purely to turn them into carapace body armour for the soldiers and mercenaries of the Ebon Hand is awesome flavour material that really drives home the point that their masters are a truly amoral people who don’t regard this created life of theirs as anything more than an interesting form of crop vegetable.
Having the armor of the Kale being made of these these creatures also provides for a simple method of maintaining the game balance that was attempted in DragonLords of Melnibone – that the armor of the Melniboneans was recognized on sight and the wearer hated. In this case, not only is the armour recognizable on sight, but it is truly vile, being the remains of an engineered creature.
The plated thrall is a forced evolution of the design of the night thrall mutants who had a heavy exoskeleton. The entire form of the plated thrall is covered in intricate interlocking plates and heavy spines that mount into these armour plates. Except for a single soft spot at the back of the plated thrall’s skull, they are effectively completely armoured.
The true purpose of the plated thrall is not for warfare as it lacks in both speed and will. Plated thralls were “harvested” to produce the heavy spiked suits of armor worn by Kale footsoldiers and their human mercenaries.
Adventures in the New Kingdoms
Special: Heavy armour plating reduces all damage received by 1 per attack.
Dungeons & Dragons (B/X)
Armor Class: 2
Hit Dice: 3+2
Move: 60′ (20′)
Attacks: 2 Claws / 1 Bite
Damage: 1d6 / 1d6 / 1d6
No Appearing: 1-6 (3-60)
Save As: F4
Treasure Type: Nil
Special: If skinned and properly prepared, the plates make for a very economical plate mail (Treat as banded armour in every way – except druids can wear itbecause it is organic). The spikes and claws of the thrall are also built into the armor, effectively giving the wearer a Cestus that cannot be disarmed.