A hair shirt of Ilmater, also known as a hair shirt of suffering, was a magical horsehair shirt associated with the faith of the god Ilmater, the One Who Endures.[1][2][3]


It was, as the name suggested, a thick shirt fashioned of several layers of coarse, brown woven horsehair, making quite a stiff fabric.[1][2][3] These hair shirts were typically quite ragged.[3]


Although the thick and uncomfortable hair shirt impeded the wearer's agility, it was thick enough to provide a high degree of protection against attacks to the wearer.[1][3] Some later, cheaper versions caused no significant impediment, but only provided slight protection.[2]

The magical hair shirt allowed the wearer to cast cure serious wounds once a day, but only on someone other than the wearer, in accordance with the teachings of Ilmater.[1][2][3]


In addition to the woven horsehair, a hair shirt required the spells barkskin and cure serious wounds.[1][2]


These hair shirts were typically only fashioned and worn by the followers of Ilmater. They preferred to use the shirt's healing power to alleviate the suffering of others.[3]


See alsoEdit

  • The Tome of Torment, an Ilmatari holy relic in the form of a horsehair shirt.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 159. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Andy Collins, Eytan Bernstein, Frank Brunner, Owen K. C. Stephens, John Snead (March 2007). Magic Item Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 109. ISBN 978-0-7869-4345-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Floodgate Entertainment, BioWare (2003). Trent Oster, Paul NeurathBrent Knowles, Rick Ernst. Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of UndrentideAtari.