Tuesday Magic Item – Elephant Foot Shield

23 March, 2021

Shield of WarGollaon loosed another arrow as Voddick recocked his crossbow.  “Another day, another exchange of missiles with rival skirmishers,” said Gollaon.  “Gets the heart beating.”

“It would be more enjoyable if they were worse shots,” grumbled Voddick.

“The using of poisoned arrows is a bit unsporting too.”

“At least we are not down there,” said Voddick, “among the spears and swords.”

“Truth.  I like having cover.”


Elephant Foot Shield

These large shields are made of elephant hide over hard wood, sometime decorated, sometime not.  Often they are made to look like the legs of elephants, but the hide used to make them can come from any part of the elephant.

The shield is a +1 heavy shield that gives it bearer a +4 bonus to CMD against bull’s rush and trip attacks and a +4 resistance bonus to saves against any effect that would move or knock them down..

Once a day, the bearer may plant the shield (not being able move that round) and generate a stomp that resonates through the ground in a 15′ cone, causing 3d6 sonic damage and either be pushed back 10′ or fall prone (victim’s choice).  Fortitude save (DC 15) for half damage and no push or fall on a successful save.

Aura moderate evocation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 2,357; Weight 10 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, bear’s endurance, shout; Cost 1,100 + 157 for the shield

For D&D 5E:

Armor (shield), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

You gain a +1 bonus to AC against ranged attacks while you wield this shield. This bonus is in addition to the shield’s normal bonus to AC additionally it gives its bearer advantage to saving throws against any effect that would move or knock them down.

The bearer may plant the shield (not being able move that round) and generate a stomp with the effect of a thunderwave (DC 13).  This ability cannot be used again until the bearer has had a long rest.

Notes:  Partly inspired by the infantry of the Oyo Empire who used shields of elephant hide.

Photo Turkana Shield from the Johnson Museum of Art (at Cornell University) and is in the Public Domain.

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