Shield Armor

The shield occupies a unique position among armor and weapons. This versatile provision provides defensive adjustments just for being carried in an appropriate manner, it also may be used as an off-hand weapon or even as a primary weapon for those individuals properly trained in its use. Each shield within a given class provides the same defensive capabilities. These capabilities are listed following the shield descriptions in the table below. A short-hand code is used to distinguish between the various weapon types the shield may be defending against; VL: Very Light, L: Light, M: Medium, H: Heavy, P: Polearms and ALL: all weapon classes. Following these codes is the adjustment to an attackers “to hit” percentage against a defender utilizing that shield class. Defense against missile weapons is only appropriate for true Shields (classes 6 through 10), these shields defend against missiles at the lowest listed adjustment.


SHIELD ARMOR TABLE

Class Name Description Cost(sp) Weight
1 Soft Improvised by rolling a cloak or similar item of heavy fabric around the off arm for several turns. var. var.
VL -5%
2 Improvised A chair, candelabra, or other item of sturdy construction. var. var.
VL -10% L -10%
3 Polearm The reach advantage and defensive capabilities of polearms. var. var.
All -10%
4 Quarterstaff The stout staff of this weapon provides numerous defensive opportunities. var. var.
VL -10% L -10% M -5% H -5%
4 Armored Gauntlet A double linked reinforced mail gauntlet may be used to deflect attacks. This advantage has already been added to Armor classes over 7. 200 10
VL -10% L -10% M -5% H -5%
5 Shod Quarterstaff When reinforced with metal studs, strips or banding a quarterstaff can safely deflect weapons of greater power. var. var.
VL -10% L -10% M -10% H -5%
6 Buckler A small round wooden shield of 1-2 ft. in diameter carried in the off hand. 25 5
Steel band sharpened to a bladed edge. 125 10
Steel spike mounted on the boss 75 5
VL -10% L -10% M -5% H -5%
7 Rondache Round wooden shield of 2-3 ft. in diameter carried in the off hand. 35 7
VL -10% L -10% M -10% H -5% P -5%
7 Target Round (metal) shield of 2-3 ft. in diameter. Worn slung from the off shoulder with a grip for the off hand.
Steel 100 25
Iron 75 50
Steel sharpened to a bladed edge. 250 30
Steel with a spike mounted on the boss. 150 27
VL -10% L -10% M -10% H -5% P -5%
8 Triangular Typical "knights" wooden shield, 3 ft. wide and 3 ft. tall with sheet metal covering. Worn slung from the off shoulder with a grip for the off hand. 50 15
All -10%
9 Pavis Teardrop shaped wooden shield with a 3 ft. diameter and 4-5 ft. tall. Worn slung from the off shoulder with a grip for the off hand. 50 15
VL -15% L -15% M -10% H -10% P -10%
9 Kite Similar to triangular shield except with a 4-5 ft. length to protect the legs. Worn slung from the off shoulder with a grip for the off hand. 75 25
VL -15% L -15% M -10% H -10% P -10%
10 Scutum, Oval Wooden oval shield, 3 ft. wide by 4 ft. tall curved towards the wielder at the edges. Worn slung from the off shoulder with a grips for both hands. 50 25
All -15%
10 Scutum, Square Wooden shield, 4 ft. square curved towards the wielder at the edges. Carried in two hands, often with wheels at the base for better mobility. 75 30
All -15%

  


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