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
Very simple gag but a great one, since it can be used multiple times over, even in the same adventure. Great for tribal natives gone restless and humanoids, but anyone can have set this up. Just what the header says, a simple bag over a stick stuck in the ground or floor.
As GM you can place the bag on a stick anywhere, in a floor crack the heroes have passed before, outdoors in a clearing or path, or at the edge of the PCs' encampment the following morning, what have you. Place anything on the stick - a coiled yellow viper angered by the bag removal, mini crossbow w/poison, transdermal hallucinatory drug dusted on the bag, yellow mold colony, an NPC ally's head, a weapon, scroll tube or satchel, what have you.
The idea is to build tension and/or stall for time/distract the party. Provided it's used properly, you'll be amazed at how paranoid players will get from this simple gag.