Diego Rossi wrote:So essentially if you have enough ioun stones you can't be sneak attacked from behind or flanked because they create a solid shield behind your back? (not serious)PRD wrote:These crystalline stones always float in the air and must be within 3 feet of their owner to be of any use. When a character first acquires a stone, she must hold it and then release it, whereupon it takes up a circling orbit 1d3 feet from her head.
It never say "around the owner head". If we go to the original literature from the Ioun stoens (The Dying Earth novels by Jack Vance) they circle a few feet behind the owner, not in his field of vision.So the focus of the ioun stones orbit isn't the owner head, it is a point behind his head. It can even be a point over his head.
Does that mean you can walk backwards through a dungeon and be some kind of walking tower shield?