Skypes of Glass
This large, slightly curved shield seems specifically designed for bashing in heads...
- Shield Bonus: +4
- Maximum Dex Bonus: +2
- Armor Check Penalty: -8
- Spell Failure Chance: 40%
- Weight: 25 Pounds.
- Cost: 50 gp
- Benefit: In most situations, this exotic tower shield provides the indicated shield bonus to your Armor Class. As a standard action, however, you can use a scutum to grant you cover until the beginning of your next turn, or total cover if another scutum wielder stands in an adjacent square and links shields with you. That edge is treated as a solid wall for attacks targeting you only. You gain cover for attacks that pass through this edge and no cover for attacks that do not pass through this edge (see Combat). The shield does not, however, provide cover against targeted spells; a spellcaster can cast a spell on you by targeting the shield you are holding. You can bash with a scutum, dealing 1d6 damage without spikes, or 1d8 damage with spikes.
When employing a scutum in combat, you take a –2 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield’s encumbrance.
Note: A scutum is usually made of wood. A scutum made of metal weighs twice as much (unless the metal says otherwise).
Commonly used in the armies of the Order and the Twin Kingdoms, this shield has seen more use in recent years among the Barbarian Tribes of the Ashridge Mountains due to its brutal nature. Some rare barbarians even take up using two of these in combat, causing more than a little confusion amongst their opponents before they are brutally beaten down.