I'm fairly new, and lately I've been trying to figure out how armor works. From what I understand, leather armor is best used by theives and mages due to being able to stealth easier and cast spells, correct? Now, if a crafter were to make just standard GM plate, or GM leather, these items have base stats, correct? If I were to make an assumption, I'd assume leather would have lower average resists than plate, and plate would have higher resists, with the drawback being that it can't be used by theives or mages. Am I right? Now, in order to craft armor with bonus stats, you need a runic kit. Right? And once you start using this runic kit to create armor, it adds on all kinds of crazy stats, and you basically pray that you get some awesome stuff before the charges run out on your kit, right? Now here's where I get confused. Since GM leather stats and GM plate stats differ ( I assume, it makes sense to me that it be that way ), does plate get higher bonuses when being crafted with a runic hammer, and leather get lower bonuses? Because it seems to me, if they both get the same bonuses, then plate is pretty useless. I look around, and I see nobody wearing plate, and I'm confused...It seems to me that there should be no way to max out stats if you're using leather, and if you're using plate, it should still be hard as hell. I look at the armor sets for this game, like the Acolyte set, Assassin set, Hunters set, etc, and I see very low stats, and yet these items are very hard to get, correct? By the time I'm able to even get those sets, it seems like they would be useless! And yet they're very expensive to buy. I don't understand! And a second question: It's very possible to max out your resists. Is it equally possible to have a suit that's entirely maxed out on all of the relevant stats? For instance, as a warrior, could I get a suit that maxed out HCI, DCI, SSI, DI, etc?