Sheila’s Shield Shop: We Put the ‘S’ in Defense!

Rise of the Shield Hero

Judging by your sword and armor, I can tell that you’re an adventurer.  Obviously, you need a shield to go with everything else. First, I need to explain how this works.  You would be surprised how often people buy a shield and expect it to defend them with no effort on their part. Now, you physically move it into the path of whatever you don’t want to hit you.  Got it?  So, let’s see what you’re interested in.

First, let’s talk about material.  Not all shields are metal.  You have wood, hardened leather, bone, animal skins, cloth, rawhide, and wicker.  Of course, you can have combinations.  You need to factor in your strength and speed because you don’t want a shield that weighs your arm down to the point of uselessness.  For example, you have a sword and armor set for speed, so a heavy shield would work against that.  Metal would certainly be a mistake as the main part.  You can pick a lighter material with studs or spikes.  Ah, you notice that one.  It’s gorgon bone, which is why it looks and feels like solid rock.  Surprisingly light, but rather expensive.  If price is no option then we can make one of those with iron studs around the rim.  Too much?  Wood wrapped in leather with metal studs and a gorgon bone symbol of a grinning face.  Got it.

Next, we come to style, which we can already tell will be light and easy to maneuver.  That rules out tower, kite, coffin, and other big ones.  The material you picked isn’t very heavy, so we don’t have to go small like a buckler.  I’d recommend a heater shield.  These are the ones shaped a pointed, upside-down dome.  We have some attachments for this type as well, which are rather unconventional.  For mechanical, you can have a hidden blade kept in this area and a press of this spot with your pointer knuckle can make it come out of the point.  Not recommended for honorable duels, but it can save your life if you’re adventuring and need to deliver a surprise stab. A magical trick is to have it return to your forearm if you lose it, which we call The Mercenary Prince special.  While it costs us repeat customers, it saves you money and means you’ll think of us for upgrades and recommending to friends.  I’ll put both down for you then.

Finally, we come to the enchantment section.  Our shields are imbued with magic by the use of crystals that we put in the best place for activation.  Being a defensive object, it’s difficult to add an offensive spell such as fireballs and lightning bolts.  You could accidentally cast them at the wrong time.  We can put those on there, but you have to sign a waiver.  Our suggestion is reactive magic such as reflections, vibration bursts, energy drain, and anything else that awakens upon violent contact.  This purple amethyst is popular with a vampire curse spell, which is really the fun name for energy drain.  The more you block, the weaker your opponent gets.  We also have sensory and physical enhancements that are always active as long as you are wearing the shield.  Summoning magic?  We have sigils that can be attached, which allows you to call forth a specified creature to fight on your behalf.  Minor beasts that are created every time your shield is struck?  I will have to ask the casters in the back.  It might depend on what type of creature . . . Scorpions . . . Okay . . . I think we can accommodate you.

That’s about everything.  A few minor points are strap material and the warranty.  You don’t have to get one, but it couldn’t hurt.  Thank you for thinking of us. It should take a week to complete the . . . Three days isn’t much . . . For that amount of money, we’ll get for you in two.  Have a great evening.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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21 Responses to Sheila’s Shield Shop: We Put the ‘S’ in Defense!

  1. L. Marie says:

    Yay! These shoppes are great! I would love the Mercenary Prince special. 😄 Do you need to know if I’m right handed or left handed? I didn’t see anything about that on the order form.

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  2. I’d like a round shield, hardened leather covered wood, gorgon bone inner (made to look like wood).
    The outer face to have an expanding spiral, enchanted to look as though it’s spinning when struck, so as to hypnotise my opponents temporarily, or, if that’s too complicated, a vampire curse spell.
    What happens to the summoned demons/creatures after opponents are defeated?

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  3. Hahaha. Would a plain burnished metal shield be out of the question? Oh and leather straps. Just a thought, can I have my initials on the front? Does it come with a horse? Excellent, Charles.

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  4. Wonderful post. Love the way you wove your book into this one. I would prefer something like John’s character, Tiny, to step in front and take the blows for me.

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  5. I am contemplating a spider-web shield where the enemy’s weapon sticks to it and they have to let go if they want to get out of my reach. Although, the summoning idea could work. Black widow spiders, summoned by the blow? Even large jumping spiders might be enough to repel enemies who have spider phobias.

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