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| Shield Riposte
|| Martial Stance
| Stamina Cost
|| Training in Shield Bash will increase the success chances of your reactive shield bash.
| Available To
|| Warriors, Rogues
| Available In
|| Shield Specializations
|| Shield Bash (at rank 2)
Attacking around your shield, your enemy thinks he has you right where he wants you. You now have the perfect opening.
This is a Martial Stance. When you are struck by a melee attack while in a forward or greater stance, you have a chance to respond with a free reactive shield bash. This bash deals no damage, but instead knocks your opponent off-balance and into greater roundtime (RT). The chance to react is 50%/ 75%/ 100% at Ranks 1/ 2/ 3. Larger shields apply a penalty to the reaction chance (-5% per shield size above small), but apply more RT upon a successful bash. Shield Ripostes are limited to one every (6 - Rank) seconds.
- Rank 1: 50% chance to react, one reactive bash per 5 seconds
- Rank 2: 75% chance to react, one reactive bash per 4 seconds
- Rank 3: 100% chance to react, one reactive bash per 3 seconds
Note that Shield Riposte activates when you are actually hit and not on a successful block.
The example below shows a successful riposte with a flaring shield. (Note: the penalty in the log was due to size difference between halfling and stone troll. There is no additional penalty for Shield Riposte)
A stone troll swings a war hammer at you!
AS: +296 vs DS: +288 with AvD: +19 + d100 roll: +77 = +104
... and hits for 1 point of damage!
Hit glances off your hip.
** Reacting instantly to the blow, you lash out with your imflass
buckler at the stone troll! **
[Roll result: 151 (open d100: 68) Penalties: 36]
Your attack connects!
A stone troll is knocked off-balance!
** Your imflass buckler releases a quivering wave of disruption
at the stone troll! **
... 25 points of damage!
Minor muscle tearing on the stone troll's right leg.
The stone troll is stunned!