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Tuesday Magic Item – Whorl Buckler

21 February, 2012

The young rapscallion of a thief danced through the crowd, the mage-guards chasing after him, their wands at the ready.  On the rare occasion they had a clear shot through the milling people, she deflected their magic with a spiral shaped buckler.

“How is she doing that?” grumbled the scholar-sargent.  “Keep after that thief!”  He plodded on behind the pursuit, regretting spending too much time behind a desk.

not shelled yet

Pre-buckler

Two young mage-guard finally got in front of her.  One of them lashed out with a spell of holding and then toppled backward as his spell was reflect back upon him but the thief’s buckler . . . after that, the mage-guard lost interest in the pursuit long enough for the rogue to escape.

Whorl Buckler

These rare shields are made from the apical whorl of certain usually large gastropods (such as the flail snail) alchemically treated, the outer edge reinforced with bronze polished to a mirror shine.

The whorl buckler is a +1 buckler that adds its shield bonus against touch and ranged touch spells additionally, the bearer gains a +1 resistance bonus to saves against spells directed only at them.

Once per day, when the bearer rolls a natural ‘20′ against a spell directed only at them or a ranged touch spell against them misses with a natural “1″, the bearer may cause it to be reflected against the spell caster.

Aura strong abjuration; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 9,655; Weight 3 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Arms and Armor, resistance, shield, spell turning; Cost 4,750 + cost of the buckler (+380 xp for D&D)

Notes: This is the buckler that will be made from the flail snail shell for Theo in the Pattern Seekers campaign (acquired here).  I wanted something that called on the protective nature of the shell without being so powerful, I hope this rides the balance point of being useful without being entirely situational.

Photo by Mason Masteka and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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