The Courageous Shield was born of the exploits of Briar Todd, warrior fool of Danamax. Being not only the King's fool, but a fearsome man at arms, Briar was unparalleled when it came to goading combatants. Dragons found themselves diving headfirst into the faces of dragon hunters, intent on skewering Briar with their claws. Men leapt over tables at him during poker. Women accused him of sleeping around.
The fool survived it all. With a laugh and a quick twist of his body, he could escape anything.
Verminus, soon to displace the incumbent god of pestilence, managed to fell the fool. Succumbing to boils and welts, his body ravaged by the fevers and pathogens, Briar asked for the court mage, Insuldan to attend him on his deathbed.
"Friend, I know that your nose is crooked cause I ran into that ogre so many years ago- but could you do me my last request?" Briar asked, grinning despite the pain.
Insuldan couldn't help but smile briefly. "Of course. My glasses don't slip down my nose thanks to you."
"Don't let my courage die, Insuldan. The world has to know what blind courage is like."
The wizard couldn't refuse the dying wish of his friend.
He really thought he should have, but he couldn't...
The Courageous Shield is an inconspicuous, ordinary appearing item. Upon being held, it reveals its minor magical property to the owner. The shield can resize itself from buckler to tower shield size, while still weighing the same.
During combat, the shield taunts, insults, and goads enemies. The goal of the shield is to take as much punishment as possible. To this end, the shield is indestructible to combat stress, taking blows, spells and arrows without fail. The shield greatly enhances the defensive bearing of its wielder, allowing them to survive grave situations. The shield has a variety of voices, is capable of emulating people it has heard speak, has limited ventriloquistic abilities, and tries to time its outbursts for maximum impact. The shield has opinions on matter occurring, and is entirely willing to share them, be it complimenting the King on his clashing court colors, or telling the bereaved wife at the funeral that her husband will make a lot of worms very happy. The Shield takes immense glee in combat, and will try to convince its owner to more heroic acts.
The Shield rewards heroic acts by making its wielder harder to kill in battle- the aforementioned boosted defensive capabilities it grants are increased to a large degree. Its wielder must embrace courageous action fully- they won't realize the power of the shield only by allowing themselves to be goaded into battles they don't want to fight.
Quotes, Songs, Insults, Etc
"He's hiding right here, under the stairs!"
"Boy, you're ugly."
"Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?"
"My owner likes long walks on the beach with your mother."
"That color isn't very slimming."
"Punch him! Punch him! I swear I won't block it, promise!"
"What are you, a Priest of Mathom? Hit him already!"
Songs the Shield Might Sing or Play:
Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
Hit me with your best shot. (Pat Benatar)
Pain (Three Days Grace)
Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)
The First Cut is the Deepest (Sheryl Crow)
Love is a Battlefield (Pat Benatar)
Walk Don't Run (The Ventures)
You're Pitiful (Weird Al)