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So just running the Math on a lvl 1 Tower Shield Dwarven Monk.
The basic concept is that if you are engaged with a foe, and in Mountain Stance, you can:
1. Flurry For 2 Attacks
2. Raise the Tower Shield
3. Take Cover behind the Tower Shield
(Presumably the previous round, you can Move up, activate Mountain Stance and then Flurry)
For 4 AC, which RAW (I'm guessing specific Tower Shield rules trumps general cover rules here, but I'm not here to argue)Quote:
This lasts until the shield is no longerraised.
So that is a rather nice Lvl 1 achieveable AC of:
15 (Expert Unarmoured) + 4 (Mountain Stance: Status) + 4 (Tower Shield: Circumstance) = 23 which you can do every round and attack twice (1d8 +4 and Forceful).
I call it the Great Wall Monk.
I really like this idea. So much so that I am building a human monk based on it. I'll be reskinning the tower shield as a 6 foot wooden ladder with several steel shields lashed to one side. Then it's ladder fighting time, Jackie Chan style. "Taking Cover" behind the shield by swinging it around and dodging acrobatically through it.