For the Ancient Curse, see Leech Ranged.
Absorb Ranged was the percentage at which ranged damage done to the player was reduced. This could be found on the equip screen under defence bonuses.
Higher levelled armour (particularly melee-based armour) offered higher percentages of soaking. The highest soak percentage was 40%, achieved by wielding a Chaotic kiteshield and some of Ancient Warriors' equipment, specifically Statius's full helm or Torva full helm, Statius's platebody or Torva platebody or Vesta's chainbody, Statius's platelegs or Torva platelegs or Vesta's plateskirt.