Shieldmage Dedication


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Based on a discussion I had on discord I put together this first draft of an archetype based around mastery of the the shield spell.

It can be viewed here, or I have copied it below as well.

It's a first attempt done up in a day or two, so I'd love any feedback.

Shieldmage

Many soldiers take solace behind a shield of wood or steel, but you scoff at such pedestrian solutions. Your shield is pure magic, and your defense behind it is unparalleled.

Shieldmage Dedication - Feat 2
Archetype, Dedication
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Must be able to cast the shield cantrip

No defense if effective if you cannot keep it raised, and learning to keep your shield up is the first thing you learn. You gain the Steady Shielding reaction (see below), and after using the Shield Block reaction with your shield, you may cast it again after 1 minute instead of 10 minutes.

Special You can't select another dedication feat until you have gained two other feats from the shieldmage archetype.

Steady Shielding <Reaction>
Trigger Your turn is about to begin while you under the effects of your shield cantrip
The duration of your shield spell is extended until the end of your next turn.

Force Ward - Feat 4
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication

Your shield is particularly endured to force effects. You gain resistance to force equal to 2 plus your number of class feats from the shieldmage archetype when you are under the effects of a shield spell.

Additionally if you use the Shield Block reaction against a force effect that fails to overcome it's hardness, your shield does not end and you may cast it again without waiting 1 minute.

Heavy Aegis - Feat 4
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication
Requirements You only have one hand occupied and your other hand or hands are free

You have learned how to enlarge your shield further when you can dedicate a free hand to it. The circumstance bonus to armor class from your shield improves to +2 as long as you continue to meet the requirements.

Re-energize Shield [One Action] - Feat 4
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication
Requirements You currently cannot cast the shield spell because you recently blocked with it

You may once again cast your shield spell as normal.

Braced Block [Free Action] - Feat 8
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication

After using the Shield Block reaction you may choose for your shield spell to not end, but if you do you become stunned 1.

Unflinching Defense - Feat 8
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication

You've mastered the act of casting your shield as none other. Casting your shield never provokes reactions, and if it would be disrupted you may attempt a DC 10 flat check. On a success your action isn't disrupted.

Retributive Block [Free Action] - Feat 10
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication
Trigger You use the shield block reaction against a melee attack

Your shield explodes in force back at your attacker, who must make a basic Reflex save or suffer force damage equal to the hardness of your shield. On a critical failure they are also knocked prone.

Instantaneous Defense [Reaction] - Feat 12
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication
Trigger You roll initiative

You cast shield

Absolute Protection [Action] - Feat 12
Archetype
Archetype Shieldmage
Prerequisites Shieldmage Dedication, Heavy Aegis
Requirements You are benefiting from the Heavy Aegis feat

You reinforce your shield with all your attention. The circumstance bonus to AC from your shield improves to +4, and you gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Reflex saves. This bonus lasts until you attack, cast a spell, move from your current space, no longer meet requirements, or end this effect as a free action.

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