This is basically a dialed down version of the Bracers of Defense:
Cape of Defense
Wondrous Item, uncommon (requires attunement)
While wearing this cape, you gain a +1 bonus to AC if you are wearing no armor and using no shield.
My intent for the item is to provide it to some level 3 characters, and I intend it to be perceived as a useful but not extremely powerful item.
I don’t want the melee types to benefit from a very high AC at this stage (chain mail + shield gives a warrior 18 AC already), hence the description. (By contrast, a Cloak of Protection's benefits stack with armor and shields, which I did not want.)
In my world magic items can be found in shops in major cities and can be sold anywhere provided that the merchant has enough money to afford it.
The changes are:
- Cape instead of bracers.
- AC+1 instead of AC+2
- Uncommon instead of Rare.
- Price: 1500gp instead of 6000gp (according to Sane Magical Items).
Does this keep the balance for the item?