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A shield is a defence, typically of wood, that is used to deflect or block attacks aimed at the wielder.

DnD categorises them into 4 types:

  • bucklers - small cicular metal shields
  • light shields - roughly equvalent to a heater
  • heavy shields - roughly equivalent to a Viking round shield or Roman scutum
  • tower shields - a pavise

Interestingly the methods used to describe how they are wielded are almost completely wrong when compared to their historical basis. A buckler is held in the hand as is a heavy shield and light shields are strapped to the arm for horseman.

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