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The Tower Shield
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Agar's comment on 2011-03-05 02:01 AM


Ah ha! Here's one that does something! It is indeed a variant of the old instant fortress, but I like it. Adventurers are always looking for ways to satisfy their needs, and the need for shelter is an important one. 



Again there is a good backstory, although a magic user that can comfortably or effectively man a tower shield in an unusual one by most standards. This has a feel that the creator was kind of patched together to try to make the item make sense. 



All good and no bad is a fine line to walk too, but really, it's a tower. There were no drawbacks to the original, and what are you going to do to make a drawback? This item is fine without any hindrances thrown in that don't make sense.


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The Tower Shield
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Pieh's comment on 2011-02-16 01:56 AM


I like it, a nice twist on the old Instant Fortress. The mentioned NPC strikes me as a bit odd, I get a mixed reading when I think of him. Is he a battle-hardened mage-soldier or has he never had to camp out on a battlefield? Seems like the kind of guy whose reputation isn't all it's cracked up to be. The shield itself though, certainly a fine and useful item with a decent back story.


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The Tower Shield
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-02-23 03:46 AM


It's ok.


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The Tower Shield
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-02-16 05:56 PM


Useful for an instant army camp.


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The Tower Shield
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2011-02-22 07:16 AM


Kinda old-school and as we all know, old-school rocks the socks. Nuchi is right though, drawbacks rule as well. Could stand an edit to make it shine even more. Good solid submission.


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The Tower Shield
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Murometz's comment on 2011-02-17 01:28 PM


I have a soft spot for old-fashioned magic items such as this shield. Keep them coming! Go to Comment

The Tower Shield
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valadaar's comment on 2013-11-04 09:47 AM
I'm a big fan of new takes on classic items, so its resemblance to the Instant Fortress (which, has been around since at least 1st Ed AD&D) is no issue for me. I like this take on that idea.

I also don't see its lack of serious drawbacks as that big an issue, as it currently has a few:

1. Unique
2. Costly to build. Stone towers, even non-magic, are quite pricey.
3. No indication that the tower is the least bit invulnerable.
4. Tied to a Tower Shield. Those things are going to be a pain to carry around.
5. Given the shield is acting as an extra-dimensional storage space for the tower, destruction of the shield could have some rather dramatic consequences.
6. The mentioned lack of storage capability.



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The Tower Shield
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-23 07:55 AM


It reminds me a bit too much of Daern's Instant Fortress from D&D 3.5 for my taste, that aside however it is well written and a bit more useful then the original artifact. 



I am curious though if the fortress mirrors the damage it receives when being used a shield? (Is it magically healed when shape shifting? Does the shield regenerate damage?)



What happens if the tower shield is destroyed? Is the contents of the fortress suddenly expelled?



Also, what about removing some of the items that were inside when it was created? (Such as a cloak, or books) Can it be done? If so can they be re added at a later date? What about maintenance to the furniture inside? Would reupholstering a chair or new down for the pillows expel the entire object or be considered part of the original and allowed to stay?



As it is with nothing new able to be kept inside having to lug around enough candles and/or lamp oil to light the tower could prove to be a pain for any owner that doesn't know magic for lighting. (Scavenging enough firewood to heat the thing in colder climates would be a serious hassle as well.) 

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Nuchiha101's comment on 2011-02-21 10:01 PM


I like it, but sadly I see no drawbacks. I do not mind such, there probably are drawbacks. Like putting the shield upside down would make the tower upside down, or no? Anyways, good idea!


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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-02-21 11:11 AM


I've always been fascinated with the Instant Fortress idea. I like this variation as it makes the item usable in both forms. I can see how a battle mage would find this idea appealing.


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The Tower Shield
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-05 12:19 PM
It might sound more realistic if the idea was spawned between some party's mage and warrior while they were spending a miserable night camped out in front of the city (since they arrived after the gates were closed on a dark and stormy night.)

Having said that, I like the glimpse we see of Eiram's personality from the narrative. Go to Comment
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Moonbeard's comment on 2011-02-16 06:15 AM
You make a fair point, I think I was going for that he feels he deserves something comfier than a bedroll at this point in his career. Go to Comment
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Moonbeard's comment on 2011-03-05 10:39 AM
Thank you, I didn't quite see why it needed to have drawbacks. But yes, I'm still new to this so my character for the back story was a bit pieced together. I'm still trying to think of a better reason beyond the fact that he just wanted to make a portable tower. Go to Comment
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Renlim's comment on 2011-02-23 11:36 AM


Cool item.

 


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An Adequate Blade
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Strolen's comment on 2011-02-12 02:40 PM


I like it!!



Sometimes it is the simple things that make all the difference. Very much like the background on it.


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An Adequate Blade
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Agar's comment on 2011-03-05 01:53 AM


Good foundation piece. It has a good backstory, a reason for its creation, existance, and purpose. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with when you have the item actually do something. ;)


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An Adequate Blade
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-02-11 09:10 AM


Very good, not every magic sword needs to be ultra-fancy.


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An Adequate Blade
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2011-02-22 07:27 AM


Why does it need to be magical? Besides that I found this interesting and well worth the read, was it your first sub? Anyway, well done, a good solid write-up. And, love your name, sounds like a finnish folk metal band.


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An Adequate Blade
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Murometz's comment on 2011-02-11 02:20 PM


An adequate tale with adequate information :)



The point being made here is a good one. You imbue an item with a simple backstory, and it becomes "special" in its own way. But not too special.



Welcome to the Citadel, Moonbeard! (great name)

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An Adequate Blade
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-15 01:39 AM


A simple weapon perfect as a family heirloom and well suited for beginning adventurers. (Especially if the swords unique method of gaining it's magical properties still makes it appear to be a mundane weapon even when subjected to magical scrutiny and detection.)



An excellent first entry, I look forward to reading more of your subs in the future. Go to Comment
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