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Tuesday Magic Item – Shield of Salynas

12 October, 2021

Hungarian Style Shield“While I feel it is right and proper to defend the smaller states against the predations of the larger,” said Voddick while donning armor, “I do wish the largers states would stop being so greedy.  I would be happy to never have to fight in another such battle.”

“Agreed my friend,” said Gollaon slipping arrows into a quiver.  “At least the defenders of this city-state have dug deep into their armories to make sure their defenders have the best weapons and armor they can provided.”

“The shield they gave their champion smacks of old magic,” nodded Voddick.

“I have high hopes that it will be helpful in the coming fight.”

Shield of Salynas

These shields are well made of practical designs and decorated with the heraldric symbol of the community they were made for.  No paint or magic can hide this symbol, it is always displayed.

It is a +2 shield of the appropriate type and only counts as half its weight for purposes of encumbrance or carrying capacity.

The shield is tied to a location, a city-state or county at the most, and its greater powers trigger in defense of that place:

  • The shield’s bonus doubles to +4 and it protects against touch attacks.
  • The bearer and all allies within 30′ gain a+2 deflection to their armor class against ranged attacks and a +2 resistance bonus on saving throws against damaging spells.
  • Once a day, the bearer may shout encouragement and all allies (including themself) within 60′ gain the benefits of an aid spell as though.

Should the bearer ever willingly betray the land the shield is tied to, it becomes a -3 cursed shield  and looses all other abilities for them and they are cursed with the Mark of the Betrayer, all who see them know they cannot be trusted and the cursed person suffers a -8 penalty to all Charisma-based checks (doubled when dealing with those from the place they betrayed).

Aura strong abjuration; CL 15th
Slot
none; Price 90,000 + cost of the shield; Weight half of the appropriate shield type
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, geas, heroism, wall of force; Cost 45,000 + cost of the shield

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (hat), very rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

t is a shield of the appropriate type that adds an additional +2 to the bearer’s armor class and only counts as half its weight for purposes of encumbrance or carrying capacity.

The shield is tied to a location, a city-state or county at the most, and its greater powers trigger in defense of that place:

  • The shield’s bonus doubles to +4.
  • The bearer and all allies within 30′ gain +1 to their armor class against ranged attacks and  advantage on saving throws against damaging spells.
  • The bearer may shout encouragement and all allies (including themself) within 60′ gain the benefits of an aid spell as though cast with a 3rd level spell slot.  Once used, this ability cannot be used again until the bearer has had a long rest.

Should the bearer ever willingly betray the land the shield is tied to, it becomes a cursed shield that lowers the bearer’s armor class by three when used and looses all other abilities for them and they are cursed with the Mark of the Betrayer, all who see them know they cannot be trusted and the cursed person suffers a -1d8 penalty to all Charisma based checks (doubled when dealing with those from the place they betrayed).

Notes: Obviously, this shield in a campaign should be renamed to the Shield of [whatever community it protects].  This is the short of theme I keep circling back to, items that are designed for a particular purpose and are very powerful but only in a very narrowly defined role.  Also, would be fun to give to a character with a sense of honor who suddenly finds themself as the savior of a now impoverished city-state or small barony.

Image edited from “Hungarian-Style Shield” is marked with CC0 1.0.

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