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Fist fighter. Roman mosaic (glass paste) from Pompeii. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples Fist fighter. Roman mosaic (glass paste) from Pompeii. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

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The cestus is a glove of leather or thick cloth that covers the wielder from mid-finger to mid-forearm. The close combat weapon is reinforced with metal plates over the fingers and often lined with wicked spikes along the backs of the hands and wrists. The style is common in Pit Fighting arenas.

Benefit: While wearing a cestus, you are considered armed and your attacks deal normal damage. If you are proficient with a cestus, your unarmed strikes may deal bludgeoning or piercing damage. Monks are proficient with the cestus.

Drawback: When using a cestus, your fingers are mostly exposed, allowing you to wield or carry items in that hand, but the constriction of the weapon at your knuckles gives you a –2 penalty on all precision-based tasks involving that hand (such as opening locks).

Weapon Feature(s): monk

Light Melee Weapons (Simple)
Weapon Cost Damage (S) Damage (M) Critical Range Increment Weight Type Special
Cestus 5 gp 1d3 1d4 19-20x2 1lb. Piercing or slashing monk

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