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D&D 5E How do you account for Dwarves in heavy armor using variant encumbrance?

ECMO3

Hero
Dwarf's get the ability:

"Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor."

Using variant encumbrance:

"If you carry weight in excess of 5 times your Strength score, you are encumbered, which means your speed drops by 10 feet."

The way I read this, if your Dwarf is carrying 1lb below the encumbered threshold without any armor and the he puts on his plate he still has full movement correct? It is like the plate does not count as weight for movement purposes. Likewise, since this applies only to heavy armor, if the same Dwarf donned leather he would be slowed by 10 feet.

Am I interpreting this correctly?
 

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overgeeked

B/X Known World
Dwarf's get the ability:

"Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor."

Using variant encumbrance:

"If you carry weight in excess of 5 times your Strength score, you are encumbered, which means your speed drops by 10 feet."

The way I read this, if your Dwarf is carrying 1lb below the encumbered threshold without any armor and the he puts on his plate he still has full movement correct? It is like the plate does not count as weight for movement purposes. Likewise, since this applies only to heavy armor, if the same Dwarf donned leather he would be slowed by 10 feet.

Am I interpreting this correctly?
I use the variant encumbrance rules and that's exactly how I handle dwarfs and heavy armor.
 


Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/They)
Under the variant encumbrance rules, wearing heavy armor doesn’t reduce your speed, so that particular feature has no effect. A reasonable house rule might be that a dwarf’s speed isn’t reduced by being encumbered. In this case, I would still have dwarves be affected normally by being heavily encumbered.
 


BookTenTiger

He / Him
Under the variant encumbrance rules, wearing heavy armor doesn’t reduce your speed, so that particular feature has no effect. A reasonable house rule might be that a dwarf’s speed isn’t reduced by being encumbered. In this case, I would still have dwarves be affected normally by being heavily encumbered.
This is how we did it in our campaign with three dwarves.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Under the variant encumbrance rules, wearing heavy armor doesn’t reduce your speed, so that particular feature has no effect. A reasonable house rule might be that a dwarf’s speed isn’t reduced by being encumbered. In this case, I would still have dwarves be affected normally by being heavily encumbered.
Same here. They still have to pay attention to the max encumbrance, but heavy encumbrance doesn't affect them.
 


Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/They)
Same here. They still have to pay attention to the max encumbrance, but heavy encumbrance doesn't affect them.
Oh, I’d have heavy encumbrance (10x strength, -20 ft. speed and disadvantage on strength, dexterity, and constitution checks) affect them but not encumbrance (5x strength, -10 ft. speed). Maximum carry weight (15x strength) would also still be in place.
 


RAW, dwarves get nothing. I simply reduce the penalty by one step, so normal encumbered does nothing, heavy encumbered is as encumbered. Max encumbered is as normal.
 



Hriston

Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
Am I interpreting this correctly?

No, when you use the encumbrance variant, you ignore the Strength column of the armor table, so no one's speed is reduced by heavy armor. Instead, your speed is reduced if you are encumbered, on which the dwarven trait has no effect.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Dwarf's get the ability:

"Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor."

Using variant encumbrance:

"If you carry weight in excess of 5 times your Strength score, you are encumbered, which means your speed drops by 10 feet."

The way I read this, if your Dwarf is carrying 1lb below the encumbered threshold without any armor and the he puts on his plate he still has full movement correct? It is like the plate does not count as weight for movement purposes. Likewise, since this applies only to heavy armor, if the same Dwarf donned leather he would be slowed by 10 feet.

Am I interpreting this correctly?
I would not allow that. It does not say, "Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced due to the weight of heavy armor."

"
Heavy Armor. Heavier armor interferes with the wearer's ability to move quickly, stealthily, and freely. If the Armor table shows "Str 13" or "Str 15" in the Strength column for an armor type, the armor reduces the wearer's speed by 10 feet unless the wearer has a Strength score equal to or higher than the listed score."

Dwarves just aren't affected by the bold portion there. If a, 14 strength dwarf that was unencumbered put on plate, he would not slow down. If he was 1 pound under encumbrance and put it on, he would not slow down due to wearing heavy armor without the appropriate strength, but he would slow down due to encumbrance. A non-dwarf in the same circumstance would drop 10 feet for not being strong enough for the armor and 10 more feet for the encumbrance.
 

I would not allow that. It does not say, "Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced due to the weight of heavy armor."

"
Heavy Armor. Heavier armor interferes with the wearer's ability to move quickly, stealthily, and freely. If the Armor table shows "Str 13" or "Str 15" in the Strength column for an armor type, the armor reduces the wearer's speed by 10 feet unless the wearer has a Strength score equal to or higher than the listed score."

Dwarves just aren't affected by the bold portion there. If a, 14 strength dwarf that was unencumbered put on plate, he would not slow down. If he was 1 pound under encumbrance and put it on, he would not slow down due to wearing heavy armor without the appropriate strength, but he would slow down due to encumbrance. A non-dwarf in the same circumstance would drop 10 feet for not being strong enough for the armor and 10 more feet for the encumbrance.
This is my understanding too. I would rule the same.
 

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