I am all for low-magic, but even if this item had only the first ability, it is great on the battlefield. Now, what if an ancient armory with a few dozen (or hundred?!) of these was discovered... with a few mercenary companies converging on the spot to claim.
Surely usable for a few PCs, but greatly desired by any commander. (Forming a line with a portable wall of steel, etc.) Go to Comment
These are the kinds of items that those in power would want MUs to make, they are solid, basic, and useful.... nothing flashy and unique. You could build a powerful army with these shields... if you had enough mages.
Perhaps the shields should be from a bygone era, when The Legions protected the world for the intrusions of the Goblin races. Using these magics shields and slightly enhanced weapons, these brave men protected Civilization!
Such a connection would add a sense of history to such utilitarian enchantments. Go to Comment
Personaly I do not feel that the shield has simple abilities, but you are right in stating that they are simple to describe and can actualy have great use.
Personaly I would use the second ability in the following manner: While dropping, first position the shield below my feet and then speak the command word. This way the shield would form a platform onto which I fall. This seems much more secure as just dropping and holding the shield as a parachute above me.
Two of these shields could form a perfect set of stairs as well....
Comming to think of it, it seems very much like a unmovable rod, but then a bit more powerfull, as the rod always needs to be attached to something.
No! If you have a god who can be known as the Rabbit or Eastern Rabbit, it can be a perfect item, if you just give it a better name, like just the Eastern Rabbit's Staff, and maybe a new command word. I like it! It fits in perfectly with my god Tosh, the Tradelord, who's avatar is a golden rabbit. Go to Comment