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TAKE YOUR PLACE IN THE GREAT GAME COSTUME & ARMOUR PREVIEW VERSION 1 OCTOBER 2009

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  • TAKE YOUR PLACE IN THE GREAT GAME

    COSTUME &

    ARMOURPREVIEW VERSION 1

    OCTOBER 2009

  • GreeceThe foundation of Greek clothing for both sexes is the woollen or linen chiton, or sleeveless tunic. This is a simple garment commonly made of two rectangles joined together with a hole for the head. Women will often wear a chiton longer than men. Other garments are the peplos, a tubular garment worn by women and the himation which is a heavier cloth worn over a chiton. Greek clothing is fundamentally simple but embroidered or coloured according to wealth and status. Dyes used tend to be browns, although pink, yellow and blue are also available. Clothing is commonly quite loosely fitting rather than cut precisely to the wearer. Greeks keep to simple jewellery, perhaps a simple headband, maybe ornamented with leaves. Some may wear a cast symbol of a patron family or deity on a simple leather thong or chain. Costume trim often features a Greek key pattern.

    Minimum cultural armour: Cuirass of layered linen, leather or metal on the torso

    Shield style: Domed round shield

    Media influences include 300; 300 Spartans, Alexander; Xena: Warrior Princess; Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; Clash of the Titans; Troy; Helen of Troy (HBO Series); Jason and the Argonauts.

    Costumes are models own. Weapons by Wandering Soldier

    CarthageThe people of Carthage come from a variety of backgrounds and places and this is reflected in their clothes. Tribesmen from North Africa might wear robes with high-contrasting block prints; desert dwellers wear aba to shield them from the wind and sun, and in the cities tunics from any part of the Odyssey world are offered by traders, perhaps in the blue of the city. Theres a theme around animal skins, both exotic patterns and also more mundane hardened leathers. Robes and skirts would work for both sexes, perhaps with veils for added mystery. Carthaginians, particularly those from desert regions, are commonly be seen wearing simple neck scarves which can be pulled up to cover the mouth against desert sand. Necklaces of beads and trim of fur or animal skin are also common and some Carthaginians practise scarification.

    Minimum cultural armour: Rigid or woven leather or animal skins on the torso

    Shield style: Simple wooden or hide round shield, optionally reinforced with metal

    Media influences include 10,000 BC; The Scorpion King; Xena: Warrior Princess; Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

    Costume by Evenlode Studio. Weapon by Wandering Soldier

    EgyptIn their native deserts, Egyptians wear little clothing. Both men and women base their clothes on

    simple short-sleeved tunics but, when working outside, may just wear a short skirt or loincloth. Lightweight diaphanous clothing demonstrates wealth, although linen is the most common

    material. Clothes are rarely dyed though the wealthy have access to rich colours, often favouring greens. In the more northerly climes of the Odyssey world the Egyptians wear thicker tunics,

    or layered cloaks to keep themselves protected from the weather. Egyptians like jewellery, with wide necklaces particularly archetypal. High status Egyptians wear ornate pieces with bold

    designs in studded semi-precious stones or lapis lazuli. Even lower status workers wear showy jewellery, though most likely bronze with ornamentation in coloured glass. Pendants or other

    jewellery with the Ankh symbol, and heavy eye makeup are typical additions.

    Minimum cultural armour: Broad leather bands on the torso

    Shield style: Wooden or hide rectangular shield with tapered top

    Media influences include Rome (HBO); Antony and Cleopatra; Cleopatra (film & TV series); Egypt (TV series); The Mummy; The Mummy Returns; Stargate (film & TV series).

    Costume by Darkblade and Velvet Glove. Weapon by Evenlode Studio

  • PersiaPersian clothing is based on the tunic and the shawl. A Persian tunic is commonly long-sleeved wool or cotton and decorated depending on the wealth of the wearer. Patterns and decoration might include the sacred tree, repeated geometric patterns or rosettes.

    Women tended to wear larger shawls and longer tunics, but there is otherwise little difference in approach to clothing. Warriors often wear shorter tunics and breeches whilst

    scholars choose longer tunics. Persian clothing tends to be fitted to the wearer, with the exception of the trademark voluminous trousers. The bright dyes available to the Persians

    include blues, reds, yellows, and greens, with purple especially favoured. These might be used for detailed embroidery on a natural wool garment or as a block colour on linen

    or cotton. Persians favour decorative scarves, with tasselled fringing. Many wear metal bangles, and the scarf may be used as a turban or worn round the waist or shoulders,

    although a variety of other hats are worn across the Thousand Nations.

    Minimum cultural armour: Leather or metal plates or scale on the torso

    Shield style: Figure-of-eight rectangular shield or crescent round design

    Media influences include 300; 300 Spartans; Alexander; Xena: Warrior Princess; Intolerance (D.W. Griffith); The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (other Harryhausen Sinbad films).

    Costume by Evenlode Studio and Velvet Glove. Weapon and shield by Wandering Soldier

    RomeMost Roman men wear simple rectangular-cut tunics, cinched at the waist by a belt or cord, with sandals. Some wear a toga over the top to provide extra warmth. Senators and officers of the state are distinguished by white togas - tribunes by white togas with purple edging. Roman women wear long pleated dresses or stolae over a simple tunic. This simple clothing might be made of rich, colourful material depending on the social class of the wearer, perhaps in the red of the republic. In cold weather, or for the sake of fashion, stolae may be accompanied with a palla or long shawl. The republican Roman will wear jewellery with a purpose - for example signet rings are common amongst high status Romans. Brooches are popular, or perhaps something that brings to mind a military career, maybe plain wrist bands in leather.

    Minimum cultural armour: Leather or metal Lorica Segmentata on torso

    Shield style: Curved rectangular or oval shield

    Media influences include Rome (HBO); Antony and Cleopatra; Xena: Warrior Princess; I, Claudius (BBC Series); Ben Hur; Caligula; Demetrius and the Gladiators; Quo Vadis; Antony and Cleopatra.

    Costume by Evenlode Studio. Weapon and shield by Wandering Soldier

    WeaponsWeapon Length Comments

    Short weapon < 18

    One handed weapon 18-36

    Two handed weapon 36-72

    Javelin 30-36 Must have collapsible tipMust be safe to throw

    Spear 36-84 Must have collapsible tip

    Anyone can use a short weapon. Other weapons require a skill. Bows are limited by pull weight not by size.

    ArmourAnyone can wear armour however you need a skill to get additional benefit from the cultural armour. Note the descriptions and rules present the minimum - please excel! Non-cultural armour must cover three body locations and must still be of a broadly appropriate design for the classical period.

    ShieldsYou need a skill to use a shield which should be a broadly rectangular or round design. Later designs like curved heaters and kite shields are not allowed at Odyssey. This skill allows you to use any acceptable style of shield. There is magic in the game which give combat bonuses if you use the appropriate design for your nation. Rectangular shields have maximum dimensions of 48x30. Round shields have a maximum dimension of 40 diameter. If shields are curved then the shield is measured across, not around the curve.

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