Knights, Paladins and Clerics can pick the shield skill at the start. For Archers and Sorcerers shields are unavailable. The skill can be learned later in Castle Ironfist (500), Silver Cove (625) (Berserkers' Fury guilds), Misty Islands (500) or Free Haven (625) (Duelists' Edge guilds).
Expert teachers can be found in Castle Ironfist (Edgar Carpenter) and Free Haven (Takao) (rank 4, 2000).
Master shield can be learned from Bronwyn Meck in Blackshire for 5000 at rank 10.
Formed of stretched hides over a wooden frame, this simple shield provides basic protection against physical attacks.
The simplicity of the heraldic design on this shield leads one to believe it was created either by barbarians or goblins. It is made of sturdy materials and should stand up reasonably well in combat.
This shield is made of wood framed by iron. It is somewhat heavy for its size, but it should see you through a battle safely--as long as you're not backstabbed.
Made of a lightweight metal, this shield has a foundry stamp from the Kelebrim armory. Though light, the material is very strong, and the metal is welded almost seamlessly.
These shields were forged by the Phynaxian empire during its brief rise to power on the steppes of southern Erathia (790-864). They are made of stalt, a metal that takes well to enchantment, and contributed heavily to Phynaxian military might. Unfortunately, very little of the metal could be mined, and Phynaxia fell in 864 A.S. to an Elvish offensive.
Immunity to stoning, shielding, +20 luck, -20 speed
Legend has it this shield was given as a gift from the Gods to a man wishing to fight the terrible medusas in their stronghold. The shield is reflective and prevents the wielder from being frozen by the stoning gaze of the medusa. It also carries an enchantment that helps protect against arrows, but the shield is very heavy and will slow the user down a bit.
Lord Kilburn's Shield
Quest Item: This battered shield still bears Kilburn's name etched near the bottom.
A small wooden shield designed to protect mostly against arrows.
Bronze shields are lighter than iron shields of the same size, but aren't nearly as strong.
Since this shield is made of tempered steel, it should resist all but the most unusual of enchanted weapons.
Spirit shields are ordinary steel shields enchanted through a ritualistic process that can have powerful, albeit unpredictable results. The process is time consuming and requires the undivided attention of at least three masters of Spirit magic.
These rare shields were turned out by the hundreds with the aid of the Heavenly Forges to combat rebel forces in the endless string of skirmishes and supply raids that tested (and finally overcame) the Governor's forces in the first century A.S. As with all such equipment, it is light, tough, and is capable of holding the most powerful enchantments.
Shielding, +30 accuracy
Commissioned by King David IV of Erathia during the Timber Wars, Valeria not only shields the user from normal blows, but helps intercept many incoming arrows by magically focusing the wielder's attention on the flight of the missile. The same enchantment that makes the shielding effect possible also increases the wielder's accuracy enormously.