|James Jacobs Creative Director|
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What does splint mail in Pathfinder "look like" for lack of a better term?
I can't remember if I asked this specific question before, but I know you've said before and codified in Inner Sea Races that elf and orc blood in a human family line manifests sporadically in later generations like extraplanar blood in the families of aasimars and tieflings does, with half-elves or half-orcs being born to otherwise normal human parents, and not always specifically from a human and elf or human and orc pairing, or a pairing of two of the same kind of half-breed, and the child of a half-elf and half-orc pair would likely just be human, with possibly some throwbacks to either parent's heritage if the player so chooses.
My question is this: What's the result of a half-breed character having kids with a member of their non-human ancestor's race, like a elf and half-elf, or an orc and half-orc? Is it similar to how it works with humans, with the resultant child being an elf or orc with some human-like features? Would the child be another "half-breed" like their non full-blooded parent? Or would the child be human like with a half-breed and human?
Yeesh, fantasy genetics! You answer one question about it and ten more pop up to follow it!
Splint Mail: It depends who makes it. Dwarven splint mail, elven splint mail, Taldan splint mail, Gebbite splint mail, and lizardfolk splint mail would all look pretty different. But "generic" splint mail would be informed by the image results on a google image search, I guess. It's not an item that we've put much work into "Golarionizing" at all.
For the most part, a hybrid race who has a kid with a full race partner would produce a hybrid child OR a child of the full race. Which one is essentially random, and depends on the story you want to tell. The rules themselves don't go into detail on the subject, and therefore the GM and player get to make those decisions on their own, or roll randomly, or either make a subsystem to determine it or to search one out on the internet. I'm sure many options exist. Some might even be not tasteless. I suppose it's possible.