Animated shield that belonged to Anuator – the best friend and partner of Torren the wizard or Orlec. Anuator was a man of exceeding goodness and charity. He was a devotee of some powerful Celestial being, and it is said that this being crafted the shield for him to defeat evil creatures. By all accounts, he seemed totally fearless in pursuing such targets – nothing could dissuade him from his task. It was said that the shield was really made for he AND his best friend Torren… Torren would use his friends shield to amplify his power when on quests, to protect them from those seeking to track them or stop them. On the battlefield, Anuator had a reputation for “being everywhere”; A lot of it was due to this feature of his shield – causing his dancing sword to fly far away and be attacking, in addition to him attacking himself with his mighty halberd.
DESCRIPTION: The shield is rectangular, not round. It is decorated, but not ostentatiously. It appears to be wood backed and with a polished steel rim and covering, with elements of gold, copper, and silver decoration. Grime and wear always seem to vanish and it is restored to its pristine look each morning.
Armor Properties: +2 AC bonus (medium, heavy; 2 measures of Greater resilience – no impact on AC)
Bonus Action to animate [for 10 minutes at a time]. No proficiency required to benefit from it in animated form.
Sentience: The item was imbued with a will by a powerful otherworldly power.
- Intelligence: 11 / Wisdom 12 / Charisma 14; Essence = 3
- Communication: The item communicates by transmitting emotion to the creature carrying or wielding it.
- Conflict: The item demands that its wielder dispose of anything the item finds repugnant (overtly evil).
- Senses: Hearing and normal vision to 30 ft.
- Alignment: Neutral Good
> Harmful to Evil if held: 1 damage to creatures attempting to Attune or wield it who are evil, per round
Celestial Vulnerability: If a Celestial creature attacks or is within 5’, the wielder of the shield is outlined in Faerie Fire and takes D4 radiant damage when the effect initially manifests; They gain Disadvantage to any fear, fright, or intimidation done by Celestials (and the wielder can automatically understand such efforts). Attacks from Stealth or Sneak Attacks on Celestials are not possible for the attuned character.
Vigilant: There is a permanent Alarm spell cast on the shield to alert the attuned character. Treat it as if it is renewed every 8 hour automatically, using the last set parameters set by the Attuned character. Also, once per short rest, the shield negates the extra damage of a Sneak Attack performed upon the Attuned character (when animate only).
REQUIREMENTS: 1 Essence sacrificed permanently
The shield’s bond grants a compulsion that ensures the wielder will donate 10% of all their worldly goods to charity.
Protective Shroud: Each 1/Short Rest, as a Reaction: Blade Ward (weapons only) [3 rounds], Protection from Good/Evil [10 minutes]
Animating Influence: If the shield wielder also has a dancing sword, the sword’s time and range is doubled if the shield is animated (when animate only).
Blade Breaker: If any opponent fumbles on an attack against the Attuned, non magical weapons automatically break. Magical ones have their wielders Initiative automatically drops to 1; the weapon will bounce off the shield, vibrating in their hands.