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Tuesday Magic Item – Peacock Shield

4 June, 2019

Colorful“It is certainly one of the most colorful armies we have marched with.” said Voddick, surveying the sea of brightly colored shields and the garishly dressed soldiers bearing them.

“Truth,” nodded Gollaon.  “I am used to being the one who stands out . . . but here?  Here, I am the dove among peacocks.”

“If it is any consolation, I prefer your style,” smiled Voddick.

“It is, my friend, it is.”

Peacock Shield

These shields are decorated with peacock feathers, arranged in various patterns depending on the maker and the person who commissioned it.  The magics laid into the shield do their best to protect the feathers from damage but repairs will have to be made every so often or the magic of the shield will be lost with the feathers.

It is a +1 shield and in melee combat, the bearer is protected from the blows of their enemies as if by a blur spell.

Once a day as an action, the wielder may cause the scintillating light as though it were a color spray spell (CL 3rd, DC 14) but their forgo the use of the shield’s defense bonus and effects for that round.

Aura moderate illusion; CL 7th
Slot shield; Price 10,000 + cost of the shield; Weight by shield type
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, color spray, blur; Cost 5,000 + cost of the shield

For D&D 5E:

Armor (shield), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above

While holding a peacock shield, you have a +1 bonus to AC . This bonus is in addition to the shield’s normal bonus to ACand in melee combat, the bearer is protected from the blows of their enemies as if by a blur spell.

Once a day as an action, the wielder may cause the scintillating light as though it were a color spray spell (as if cast using a 2nd level spell slot, DC 13) but their forgo the use of the shield’s defense bonus and effects for that round.

Notes: Something for the followers of Hera/Juno, whose symbol is the peacock.

The occasional replacement of the peacock feather is not meant to be a burden or time sink for the character but rather a way for player generated adventure and an excuse to meet interesting people.

Photo natural peacock pattern byPaul Lancaster and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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