Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunderday is here once again for your viewing pleasure...

Gah, late again! I’m guessing you guys are starting to see a pattern right...

I thought that rather than do a long run of Shield Gems, like I did with the Shield Walls, I’d break them up and intersperse some actual new shields in amongst them. So this week I’m gonna give you something that I’ve been toying with in my head for months now after I found this awesome picture. I think it’s pretty self explanatory, so I’ll just launch straight into it. Enjoy!

This shield uses the Stone Shield variant that I used for the Shield Wall of the same name (damn those Dwarves, being all pragmatic and naming everything the same). For ease I’ll reprint the stats for it here.
A Stone Shield has all of the same properties as a Tower Shield (except cost), save that it is only the size of a Heavy Steel Shield and therefore cannot be set as cover like a Tower Shield can. Different varieties exist, some using a single piece of stone and others being made from interlocking stone pieces, but all function in the same way. The cost for a Stone Shield is 50gp.

Medusa Shield
Aura Moderate Transmutation; CL 11th
Slot shield; Price 72,766gp; Weight  45 lb.
This +1 Stone Shield is carved to bear the lifelike face of a Medusa on its front, myriad snakes springing forth from its surface as if to strike. When a command is given, the eyes of the Medusa glow a sickly green and the snakes do actually start to writhe. While the snakes are harmless, anyone within 30’ looking at the wielder (GM’s discretion) must save or be affected by a flesh to stone spell. This is treated as a Gaze attack and anyone within 5’ of the wielder is automatically subjected and has a -2 to their save to avoid its effects.
Instead of this blanket use of the shield, the wielder can instead choose to focus its effects upon one target within 100ft. The target does not need to be able to see the shield and because of this they receive a +2 to their save.
The shield can be used up to three times per day in any combination of attacks.
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, flesh to stone; Cost 36,383gp