Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Combination buckler, longsword, swordbreaker, and lantern
Weapon Attack Modifier
Lantern Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -1 to hit
Weapon Parry Bonus
Lantern Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -1 to parry
WEAPONS BASE DAMAGE TABLE
| Weapon | Slash | Thrust | Lunge | Throw | Strike | MinSTR | AdvSTR |
| Lantern Shield | 2 | 2 | 4 | – | – | 8 | 16 |
|Armor||Location(s) Protected||Damage Saved|
|Lantern Shield||Left Arm||1 point|
A lantern shield may be used as a left-hand weapon to aid parries or worn as a piece of armor, but not both at the same time.
Weapon Strength Table
(4) Lantern Shield
The lantern shield has a special attack as well. If used at night, the wielder may attempt to dazzle an opponent by quickly opening the flap covering the lantern. The opponent must make a roll against Dexterity or be stunned.
The Lantern Shield originated in sixteenth century Italy. It is a small shield in the shape of a buckler and generally about a foot in diameter. The shield is attached to a metal gauntlet with serrated blades, used to break an opponent’s blade. A long blade, equivalent to a longsword, is attached to the shield parallel to the users shield arm which can used to thrust or slash at an opponent. A lantern is attached by hook in the middle of the shield, covered by a leather or metal flap. If attacked the wielder throws open the flap and the light from the lantern may dazzle and confuse an attacker.
Generally, the lantern shield is used not for combat but for walking around Italian cities at night, to provide protection against ruffians and robbers more so than against combatants in battle.