Before the armour can be made you will need to unlock the ability to make it. To do this, you will need to collect 4 scroll pieces for every piece of the armour you wish to make. A total of 12 scroll pieces is needed to be able to craft all 3 pieces of the armour. The dart and their off-hand counterpart requires 4 scroll pieces, although once the scrolls have been obtained a player can make both sets of darts.
The armour comes in two versions, tradeable and untradeable ('Superior'). The Superior version has higher stats than the tradeable one and lasts longer (12 hours of combat, as opposed to 10 hours for the tradeable version). The Superior version can be repaired, where as the tradeable version cannot and will degrade to nothing. The repair cost of the Superior armour set is &00000000021000000000002,100,000 at level 99 Crafting.
Upon death: Death lotus armour will degrade slightly if a player dies (while it is equipped), and doesn't choose it as a saved item. If the armor is in the inventory, no charge is lost. An easy way to avoid degrading is to unequip the armor before death.
The more requirements met for Player-owned ports (level 90 in Slayer, Prayer, Herblore, Thieving, Runecrafting, and Fishing), the easier it is to obtain the armour, especially thieving since The Convict is likely to give lacquer missions.
The inventory icon of each piece of Death lotus armour was changed in an update around a month after the release of Player-owned ports. Their appearance was changed on the 3rd of January, 2013. Death lotus assassins still wear the original versions of the armour.
Death lotus Armour, along with all other player-owned ports armours, received an update on the 4th of March 2013 to their degradation mechanic to allow them to last much longer in combat. They now share the same degradation mechanic as Nex armours.