Small metal sheild, most commonly made of iron but just as likely to be made from metals most associated with the Bridge from which the leather was harvested. Rather than a smooth circle, these bucklers tend to favor severe edges and hooks to allow their users to utilize the agility advantage a buckler provides over a more traditional shield.
The leather that is sewn into the framework of the shield provides various benefits to it welder tied once again to the Bridge from which it was harvested. Sometimes these bucklers are named after the aberrant that provided its hide for the leather, there are even known to be several sets of bucklers from a single, larger aberrant, and when bringing them together can result in surprising effects – sometimes the power of the buckler is multiplied and others it is replaced entirely.
The appearance of the buckler also depends on the Bridge that spawned the aberrant. For example, a Buckler of an Aberrant of Stone gives off a more scaled, reptilian appearance to reflect the most common types of creatures found there whereas a Buckler of an Aberrant of Wind might have scales or feathers to reflect the fauna found there.
The GM may roll 1d4 on the table below to determine the origin of the Aberrant leather. This determines the appearance and ability of the item. The buckler provides no inherent defensive capabilities to match those of a mundane buckler or shield. Instead, the item has Ud4 charges per day of its listed power.
|Source of Aberrant/Appearance/Ability |
1 – Flames – Burnt, blackened fur/Advantage to Remember a Spell or Prayer.
|2 – Stones – Reptilian, grey and craggy/Advantage to STR to defend an attack.|
|3 – Trees – Feathered, bright and vibrant/Advantage to DEF to defend an attack.|
|4 – Winds – Scales, shiny blue and green/Extra use of Background.|
When an Aberrant Buckler has no more charges, it may be used one final time to avoid all damage from one attack. If it is used in such a manner, it is completely destroyed. On a 50/50 chance, the character welding it when it’s destroyed gains the ability of the buckler and the arm it was one taking on the appearance of the leather before it was destroyed.
Under no circumstances can the buckler be repaired either way.
Random effect buckler! Today I’m showing off once more a feature of my setting and also providing a nice, low level magical item which is actually four potential items in one.
As I’ve mentioned before, Bridges are where magic comes from in my setting. They’re parallel realities where souls go after the body dies, and the souls walk the land until they find The Wall (it’s a whole thing I’m not going into at this time). Some souls take too long and start to… go bad. If you’ve seen Pixar’s Soul, it’s actually not too far off from that, oddly enough.
These souls break back into our reality and present as horrific monsters – it’s one of the main monster generators of my setting. These monsters are called Aberrants, and they appear in settings appropriate to their Bridge in places where the veil is thinner. For example, an Aberrant from the Bridge of Winds (a realm that’s one large ocean) appear as sea monsters in great depths in the real world.
So if you kill one of these things, their skin still carries a charge, and someone had the bright idea of utilizing it for magical item creation.
And now you’re caught up to why it’s important which realm the leather comes from!
I recommend not telling players about the sacrificial nature of the buckler but rather allow them to discover it on their own. Should make for a fun surprise that makes it worth it potentially to lose their shield!