Serpent's Skull in Eberron
The Last Defender
Requirements To successfully wield The Last Defender to its fullest potential, a character must fulfill the following requirements.
Task: Kill 10 serpents or serpent folk per shield level*
Feats: Shield Specialization (Tower Shield)
|Weapon Level||Wielder Minimum||Level Abilities|
|1st||—||+1 tower shield|
|2nd||4th||Detect Serpents (3/day)|
|4th||8th||+2 grinding tower shield|
|5th||10th||Interposing Shield (3/day)|
Works as most detect spells to detect serpents and serpent folk within range. Range is determined by shield level. Also provides the passive ability that the bearer of the shield can not be caught flat footed by a melee attack from any serpent or serpentfolk.
Once per day the bearer of the shield may use the shield to taunt every hostile serpent or serpentfolk within 60 feet who can see the bearer. Each such creature must make a DC 16 Will saving throw to avoid suffering an overwhelming compulsion to attack the bearer for a umber of rounds equeal to the Shield level. If the creature is unable to attack the bearer on its next turn, or attacking the bearer would put the creature at risk (moving through a threatened square, charging into a pit, and so on) it can act normally that turn. This is a mind-affecting effect and has no effect no non-serpent creatures.
School evocation [force];
Casting Time 1 standard action
Range short (50 ft. + 5 ft./shield level)
Effect 5-ft. shield
Duration 1 round/shield level (D)
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance yes
Interposing Shield creates a large magic shield that appears between one ally and one opponent. This floating shield then moves to remain between the two targets, regardless of where they move or how the opponent tries to get around it, providing cover (+4 AC) for your ally against that opponent.
Nothing can fool the shield—it stays between the targets in spite of darkness, invisibility, polymorphing, or any other attempt at hiding or disguise. The shield does not pursue an opponent, however and must stay within range of Saventh’s Defender.
An Interposing Shield is 5 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. It has 20 hit points/shield level, and is AC
20 (+10 natural). It takes damage as a normal creature, but most magical effects that don’t cause damage do not affect it.
The shield never provokes attacks of opportunity from opponents. It cannot push through a wall of force or enter an antimagic field, but it suffers the full effect of a prismatic wall or prismatic sphere. The shield makes saving throws as Saventh’s Defender’s Wielder.
Disintegrate or a successful dispel magic destroys it. Any creature weighing 2,000 pounds or less that tries to push past the shield is slowed to half its normal speed. The shield cannot reduce the speed of a creature weighing more than 2,000 pounds, but it still affects the creature’s attacks.
Only one shield can be active at a time. Directing the shield to a new target is a move action.
*To count toward the Task, the creature killed must be of at least the same level as shield. If creature is is at least double the level, it counts as 2 kills, and quadruple counts as 3, etc. Creature must be killed within 30 ft of the shield.
The stone mural around this monument depicts 7 Shield bearers defending a force of Azlanti warriors from hordes of Serpents and serpentfolk.
One of seven such shields made, Saventh’s Defenders were each crafted from a scale of the fallen serpent god Ydersius. These shields were imbued with great power and given to an elite troop of Saventh-Yhi guards tasked with eradicating the threat of the serpentfolk who remained in the vicinity of the newly founded city and protecting the city from any future threat.