Tales of Tolgard
There are two main components of studded leather- the leather itself and the usually metal studs that are driven through it. The leather comes from animal hides that have been processed by a tanner in their tannery. Once the leather has been treated and stiffened it is further processed, often by a blacksmith, to make it studded.
Small holes are poked through the material in regular intervals. The leather is thoroughly soaked before the next step occurs. Through these holes are forced small cylinders of relatively soft iron, often still warm from the forge. The cylinders are then beaten from one side and then the other with a hammer. This tends, when done correctly, to make the iron cylinder spread out on the front and the back of the leather, holding it firmly in place, especially after the metal cools and hardens. These studs offer a warrior additional protection with little additional weight- they can deflect a blade away from its intended target.
With the mass production of rivets occurring across Versat, the older method of making studded leather is quickly changing to that of riveting. This takes less time and less skill and as a result there is a lot more studded leather available. This is tending to drive down prices and is threatening the livelihood of many tanners.
A few rare examples, mostly among the avariel, use non-metal studs. In fact, the winged elves use a magically produced material known as glassteel for their studs. This makes the armor significantly lighter allowing for ease of flight.