Tuesday Magic Item – Mathilda’s Shield

3 January, 2012

She straightened her helmet, shook the blood from her sword and turned back towards the gate.  “Get the people to safety,” she said, “I will buy you as much time as I can.”

“Wait . . .” I tried to get to her, but she was already moving against the tide of fleeing townsfolk.  I turned away, tears fogging my vision as she was lost to sight.  There was nothing left but to comply with her last wish. 

“Go, go, the west road is still open.”  I spared one last glace back, hoping that I would see her but there were only scared people.

Mathilda’s Shield

The first of these shields was carried by the Paladin Mathilda of Stern Resolve and imbued with her steadfastness and compassion.  Since then, various orders have invoked her example to make similar items.  They are heavy steel shields painted with the symbol of their order and with a holy symbol set in the back just above the grip.  They are very difficult to damage, as they are said to be a firm as Mathilda’s faith.

It is a +2 heavy steel shield that provides adjacent allies with a +1 shield bonus, this is increased to a +2 shield bonus and a +1 resistance bonus to saves for innocents that are adjacent.  Whenever an enemy attacks an adjacent innocent rather than the bearer of Mathilda’s shield, she may make an attack of opportunity against the enemy (if adjacent) or immediately aid another for Armor Class against that attack, the shield bearer may do this even if they would not normally have attacks of opportunity to use.

Once per day, by touching the holy symbol (a swift action) the shield bearer may heal herself and all allies and innocents within 5′ of her for 1d8+3 points of damage.

Mathilda’s Shield has a hardness of 16 and 30 hit points.

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 9th
Slot shield; Price 15,170; Weight 15 lbs
Construction Requirements
Arms and Armor, cat’s grace, mass cure light wounds, prayer, shield other; Cost 7,500 + 170 for the shield (+600 XP for D&D)

Notes: Another defensive item, as shields tend to be, and I had not done anything for paladins before.

Photo by quasiconvex and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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