Shield Ikon!


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Sczarni

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'Nough said

Sczarni

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Please add it in

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Verzen wrote:
'Nough said

Then proceeds to immediately reply to their own post...apparently 'nought wasn't said.

Jokes aside, I agree. Would love a Shield ikon.


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Would love finally to be able to build Braum in Pathfinder. That would be cool (pun slightly intended).


You can currently use Shield Spikes as a Barrow's Edge Weapon Ikon, but it's unfortunately underwhelming (d6 with no traits) and the Shield Boss is entirely unsupported.


As someone who saw this class and instantly wanted to build some kind of Shield Hero if you would, I agree we need more Shield support. It would be interesting to have it be a more Support-y Weapon Ikon choice at that.


The Palisade Bangles seem like they're the "shield" ikon, but a specific weapon ikon that enhances shield bashing would be pretty cool.

OP says 'nough said, but what exactly do folks want from a shield hero? Shield bashing? Shielding allies? What's different from this concept than a shield specialized Fighter or Champion?


Puna'chong wrote:

The Palisade Bangles seem like they're the "shield" ikon, but a specific weapon ikon that enhances shield bashing would be pretty cool.

OP says 'nough said, but what exactly do folks want from a shield hero? Shield bashing? Shielding allies? What's different from this concept than a shield specialized Fighter or Champion?

Conceptually, a Shield Ikon would separate itself from the feats of other martials in the same way that other Ikons separate themselves: utilize the supernatural, activities instead of single actions, and emphasize scale over efficiency.

If it's a Weapon Ikon, it should probably make Shield Bash competitive with other weapons as well as grant a unique, offense-oriented ability. Something that can't be replicated with the other Weapon Ikons or feats, and something that isn't an option for the Champion or Fighter to reduce redundancy. Potential ideas include:

- A charging shield bash like Barreling Charge, but with an additional Shove or Raise a Shield built-in
- A stunning shield bash that strikes a target and inflicts stupefied
- A shield toss that creates a lingering AoE

If it's used as a Worn Ikon, it could be used as an option for existing Ikons like the Palisade Bracers, or it could have other unique defensive abilities. Potential ideas include:

- Planting and growing a shield to create a wall or other persistent barrier
- Hurling a shield to give your Raise a Shield + Shield Block to a distant ally
- An enhanced Raise a Shield that grants a special Shield Block reaction that blinds the opponent, flings them far away, reflects projectiles, etc.

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