Shield

A shield is a hefted object used as an active form of defense. Unlike Armor, shields require the user to actively wield the device to interfere with attacks.

A shield allows the user to more effectively block an attack than say they can with a weapon. Also the shield interferes with damage taken against covered body parts when an attack is successful.

Active Blocking using the Block Maneuver

For a player making an active block maneuver using a shield the OCV bonus of the shield is applied along with the OCV of the character performing the block. See the Shield Table.

When a shield is used to block an attack it takes damage equal to the damage the attack would have done if the block hadn’t been successful. However, the defenses of the shield are doubled against this damage.

Passive Blocking with a shield

Unaware of the attack

For a player wearing a shield but not actively blocking an unaware, if an attacker hits the character on a location covered by the shield (see the Shield Table) some of the damage is applied to the shield and some to the user.

Since a shield only covers one side of the body and only from the front an additional check is needed to determine if the shield is hit in the attack.
If a location covered by the shield is hit use the following to determine if the shield is hit:

  1. If the attack is from the front roll 1d6 on a 1-3 the shield side is hit.
  2. If the attack is from the side away from the shield the shield is not hit.
  3. If the attack is from the side towards the shield the shield is hit.
  4. Attacks from the rear do not hit the shield.
Aware of the attack

For a player using a shield and aware of the attack. The blocker makes a roll using the Shield’s Passive Block Value (PBV). If successful the shield gets in the way of the attack.

Effects of a passive block
NOTE: a shield stowed and worn does not protect the wearer in any way from the attack.

If the shield is hit in the attack the damage is managed in the following way.

The defense of the shield is added to the defense of the character against the attack for determination of damage to the player.

When a shield is used to block an attack it takes damage equal to the damage the attack would have done if the block hadn’t been successful. However, the defenses of the shield are doubled against this damage.

Area Attacks
Shields cannot be used to block area attacks or attacks that don’t hit a hit location.

Shield

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