Pike's Strength

weneedboldstrokes asked: Sorry if this has been addressed. Tonight I noticed that Pike's strength is 13. The PHB says that 15 strength is required to wear plate. Is this an oversight or a homebrew? It's cool if you don't know.

We got this question back before Pike donned the Gauntlets of Ogre Power, which raised her Strength to 19. Nonetheless, because Pike is a War Domain Cleric, she is proficient in heavy armor, which means the plate armor doesn’t cause ALL her rolls to be at disadvantage. Instead, she is merely terrible at stealth and any dexterity rolls, as we have seen.

Now, the Players Handbook States that, “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.” So, back when Pike had 13 Strength, she was not incapable of wearing the armor. She just should have been slower while wearing it.

However, since Pike has used her full Gnomish speed (25 ft.) in several instances, we know that Matt and co. seemed to be houseruling that particular aspect of wearing plate mail. This may be a holdover from Pathfinder, in an attempt to compromise, or it may just be an oversight. At any rate, a Pike that can only move 15 ft. in 6 seconds is probably not a Pike that would be very helpful in a clutch healing moment, like using Revivify on Grog during the K’varn battle.

But as long as Pike has the Gauntlets, speed will not be an issue. Now if only she could get her sneaky plate armor from Gilmore!