A form of semi-flexible armour made from horizontal strips of metal. Not really a "mail" armour at all, but accquires the name through force of popular misuse. The most obvious historical example is the lorica segmenta of the Roman legionaries from the Augustan era onwards, although this style was used by other nations as well - the Indo-Persians and the Haysadani also used a form of banded armour for arm protection that consisted of a sleeve of overlapping rings.
Almost certainly easier to mass produce than mail, although whether it provides the same protection is in doubt. Banded armour is also more tolerant of poor quality raw materials and may or may not be easier to wear and maintain. Despite the widespread use of lorica segmenta the Romans never entirely phased out other forms of armour, so that in itself may be an indication of something significant.
Game and Story Use
- However you use it, this armour will make people think of the Romans (if worn as a cuirass). Might as well give up and use it for that then. Very few people have heard of Haysadan.