Shield Bash

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Shield Bash
Available To Warrior, Rogue, Ranger, Bard, Paladin
Mnemonic [SBASH]
Cost 15 (-5 rank 1, -3 rank 2)
Roundtime 5
Requirements a shield and a standing target
Prerequisites None
Rank Square Semi
1 2
2 4
3 6
4 8 12 
5 10 15
Shield Bash
Available To Warriors, Rogues, Paladins
Mnemonic [BASH]
Cost 15 (-5 rank 1, -3 rank 2)
Requirements None
Prerequisites None
Rank Cost
1 2  
2
3
4
5 10

With the Shield Bash maneuver, a character can attempt to wallop a target with a shield. The damage it causes tends to be very minor--but can knock the target down, stun it, force it to a higher stance, and occasionally result in instant death.

Shield Bash is available through both the Combat Maneuvers (upper table) and Shield Specialization (lower table) systems.

When used with a spiked or flaring shield, this maneuver becomes significantly more dangerous.

Factors

  • Shield Bash ranks.
  • Shield use ranks.
  • Endroll.
  • Shield size.
  • A random roll for damage level, heavily modified by the aforementioned factors.
  • Basher vs. Target size.

Stun duration, knockdowns, and forced stance change are calced independently based on the damage level of the hit. Larger shields give a penalty to hit but a bonus to the hidden roll for effects.

Creatures that use this maneuver

Messaging

A tomb troll lunges forward at you with her wooden shield and attempts a shield bash!
[Roll result: 134 (open d100: 43)]
A tomb troll lashes at you with a mediocre shield bash, but you manage to partially avoid it.
  ... 5 points of damage!
  Blow leaves an imprint on your chest!

  ** A spike on the tomb troll's wooden shield jabs into you! ** 
  ... 10 points of damage!
  Strike pierces upper arm!
Roundtime: 8 sec.
A Grimswarm troll marauder lunges forward at you with her wooden shield and attempts a shield bash!
[Roll result: 175 (open d100: 71)]
A Grimswarm troll marauder lashes at you with a skilled shield bash and you lose your footing.
  ... 5 points of damage!
  Blow raises a welt on your right arm.
You are stunned!
Roundtime: 10 sec.
A half-elven bandit lunges forward at you with his reinforced shield and attempts a shield bash!
[Roll result: 259 (open d100: 153)]
A half-elven bandit lashes at you with an awesome shield bash and you flip through the air, landing on your head with a crash!
  ... 25 points of damage!
  Solid strike caves your skull in, resulting in instant death!
...
It seems you have died, my friend.  Although you cannot do anything, you are keenly aware of what is going on around you...

Other Information

Descriptors:

Endroll Descriptor
101-105 Weak
106-111 Light
112-117 Quick
118-123 Sharp
124-129 Mediocre
130-135 Half-hearted
136-141 Fair
142-147 Solid
148-153 Strong
154-159 Competent
160-165 Skilled
166-171 Crushing
172-177 Expert
178-183 Terrific
184-189 Lucky
190-195 Hard
196-201 Slamming
202-207 Superb
208+ Awesome

Research

There appears to be no observable difference of Roll result between Large and Tower shields.

>assess stag
The great stag is medium in size and about six feet high in his current state.
The stag is too easy for the likes of you!

Your careful inspection of a round shield allows you to conclude that it is a large shield that protects the bearer if carried in the left hand.

Your careful inspection of a nicked illthorn greatshield allows you to conclude that it is a tower shield that protects the bearer if carried in the left hand.

Skill name             Mnemonic        Ranks
Tower Shield Focus     tfocus            5

Stag1
You see a fairly typical great stag.
He appears to be in good shape.
He has nothing at this time.

[Roll result: 329 (open d100: 92) Bonus: 16]
You feint to the right, the great stag buys the ruse and twists awkwardly to block the blow that never came!
Roundtime: 3 sec.

You lunge forward at a great stag with your round shield and attempt a shield bash!
[Roll result: 313 (open d100: 94) Penalties: 5]
Awesome bash and a great stag flips end over end and lands on his head!
   ... 20 points of damage!
   Skull cracks in several places.
The great stag is stunned!
Roundtime: 5 sec.

Stag2
You see a fairly typical great stag.
He appears to be in good shape.
He has nothing at this time.

[Roll result: 322 (open d100: 83) Bonus: 16]
You feint to the right, the great stag buys the ruse and twists awkwardly to block the blow that never came!
Roundtime: 3 sec.

You lunge forward at a great stag with your illthorn greatshield and attempt a shield bash!
[Roll result: 322 (open d100: 93) Bonus: 5]
Awesome bash and a great stag flips end over end and lands on his head!
   ... 20 points of damage!
   Skull cracks in several places.
The great stag is stunned!
Roundtime: 5 sec.

Boxplot of Roll result to position

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