Tuesday Magic Item – Sarpathian Shield

16 February, 2010

For those soldiers that fight in tight formation:

Sarpathian Shield

Developed by the military wizards of the Sarpathian lands, these large shields are enchanted to improve the defenses of large formations, and as such they work only in conjunction with other people carrying Sarpathian Shields.

Alone, it is simply a masterwork heavy steel shield but in formation with three other people equipped with a Sarpathian Shields, they are all  +1, with a group of twenty-four they are all  +2, with eighty  +3 and with four hundred +4 (the maximum).  This bonus is also applied as a Morale bonus to saves against fear.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot shield; Price 1,500; Weight 15 lbs
Requirements Craft Magical Arms and Armor, Detect Thoughts or Shield Others; Cost 750 (+60 xp for D&D)

Notes: These shields are designed to bolster armies that rely on fighting in formations (such as the phalanx), they remain vulnerable to area effect spells though they could use counter spelling priests or wizards or  standards that are guardian totems to limit that weakness.

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