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Tuesday Magic Item – Siege Shield

2 June, 2015

Shield wall, wall shields“How did we get roped into assaulting a castle again?” asked Voddick, as two more arrows thudded into his shield.

“Money, always money,” replied Gollaon snapping a shot off with his crossbow.  “Time to try out your new toy.”

“Right!” Voddick braced himself and read out the words written on the back of the shield.  It explosively unfolded into a full tower shield, protecting both him and his friend.  “Well, that worked better than anticipated!”

Gollaon tossed him the crossbow and started readying a grappling hook with rope attached.  “Halfway there.”

Siege Shield

These rectangular metal shields are surprisingly heavy and usually undecorated, the leather carrying straps are heavy and reinforced with metal thread.

The siege shield is a +1 large metal shield that is difficult to damage (hardness 15, 30 hit points).  However, its primary power is that once a day, as a standard action, can transform into a +1 tower shield that affixes itself to the ground, giving a +6 bonus to resist bull rush and similar effects, but it cannot be moved without tearing it free (requiring a DC 23 Strength check) or using a full round action to transform it back into a large shield.

Aura strong transmutation; CL 11th
Slot shield; Price 3,680; Weight 20 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, wall of iron; Cost 1,750 + 180 for the shield

Notes: Indirectly inspired by the Siege of Antioch which I was reading about today.  Also, there is a similar item already existent in Pathfinder (the collapsible tower) which is nifty but would not be of much use in a siege situation.

Photo by Vicki Burton and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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