A Warrior Shrouded in Shadows: The Rogue Tassets
These tassets are an ideal choice for the character who is more morally grey than most. They’re made of blackened steel and brown leather, so work for both sneaky rogues and for more combat focused characters. They can mix well with many costumes, making them brilliant for LARP battles, cosplay events, and other historical or fantasy reenactment purposes.
This thigh armor is made up of two tassets, each consisting of overlapping steel and leather plates which are riveted together. The top plate is leather and has two holes which allow you to secure the tasset to other armor pieces or belts with ties.
The next three plates are steel and feature a flared shape with a pointed bottom edge. This flaring shape allows for greater mobility, while the pointed edge adds to the aesthetic appeal of the tassets. The final section is also leather, so is more comfortable against the knee, and features an attractive stitched bottom edge.
The Morality of the Rogue Archetype in Fantasy: A Darker Shade of Grey
A rogue character, in its most basic form, is a character who relies on misdirection to achieve their primary goal. This is in contrast to two other major archetypes in many fantasy works, the warrior and the mage, who rely on their might and their mind (or magic, depending on the story) respectively.
The rogue archetype is so expansive, that we could write a book on all the aspects of how it appears in fantasy. Rather than that, we’ll zero in on one particularly curious area where the rogue character shines and how the portrayal varies depending on the setting.
Rogues run the gamut of characterisation, ranging from being heartless brigands to being basically heroes with a darker colour scheme. Actually, if you consider bard-like characters to be rogues, then even the colour scheme is out.
One thing that many rogues have in common, heroic or otherwise, is that they tend to act on the fringes of the law and of society. Obviously, there are some exceptions, but we’re generalising a bit here. When we bear this in mind, we do see a pattern emerge.
When the law or society as a whole is depicted as basically good, roguelike characters are more likely to be antagonistic. Those that aren’t generally either only focus their roguish antics on the enemy, are somehow sanctioned by the authorities, are obviously antiheroes, or only commit forgivable crimes.
But when the society is depicted as unjust or evil, rogues can become all-out heroic figures. Robin Hood is a legendary rogue who was essentially a friendly bandit but is considered a hero because of a few reasons. First, the law is considered unjust. Second, he only focuses on the rich. And finally, Robin Hood gives to the poor, having a net positive effect.
The technical specifications of the Rogue Tassets are as follows:
- Materials: 19 Gauge mild steel and leather.
- Colour: Black finish.
- Care Instructions: Keep away from water. Clean with metal polish and re-oil often. Treat the leather with leather-care products.
- Length: 14.6 inches.
- Width: 9.4 inches.
- Weight: 67.6 ounces.
Measurements are approximate.