Faithful Shield

"Behind me, friends! They shall not touch you."

Prerequisite: Paladin

You are a living bulwark, protecting the defenseless. You are the shelter in the storm. As a faithful shield, you place your companions’ well-being above your own.

Faithful shields are supreme examples of devout warriors, found in most of the world’s faiths. Such warriors safeguard holy sites and divine servants. Others set out into the world to lend their talents to those who need it most, whether the folk of a frontier town surrounded by enemies or a band of adventurers working to thwart a dire threat.

Rather than focusing on dealing damage, you give your companions the time they need to win through. You might partner with another defender, forming an impregnable wall, or work with a trusted striker, blocking enemy attacks and creating openings for your ally. When your group is hard pressed, you might cover the retreat, slowly giving ground while your friends flee to safety.

FAITHFUL SHIELD PATH FEATURES

    Sheltering Hands (11th level): Whenever you use your lay on hands power, the power’s target gains a +2 power bonus to all defenses until the start of his or her next turn.
    Shielding Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to take an extra action, you and each ally within 5 squares of you also gain a +2 bonus to AC and Reflex until the start of your next turn.
    Defensive Presence (16th level): When any ally within 5 squares of you takes the second wind or the total defense action, any enemy that hits that ally before the end of his or her next turn takes radiant damage equal to 5 + your Wisdom modifier.

Faithful Shield Attack 11Protecting Smite

A decisive strike against your enemy gives your allies a chance to see to their own defense.

Encounter        Divine, Weapon
Standard Action      Melee weapon

Target: One creature

Attack: Charisma vs. AC

Hit: 2[W] + Charisma modifier damage, and each ally within 5 squares of you gains a +2 power bonus to all defenses until the start of your next turn.


Faithful Shield Utility 12Constant Shield

You channel divine might through your shield to defend yourself and your charges.

Daily        Divine, Stance
Minor Action      Personal

Requirement: You must be using a shield.

Effect: Until the stance ends, you and any allies adjacent to you gain a +2 power bonus to AC and Reflex. In addition, when you or any ally adjacent to you is pulled, pushed, or slid, you can reduce the forced movement by 1 square.


Faithful Shield Attack 20Rampart of Strength

You raise your shield, and from it bursts scintillating astral radiance that drives back your foes.

Daily        Divine, Implement, Radiant
Standard Action      Close burst 5

Requirement: You must be using a shield.

Target: Each enemy in the burst

Attack: Charisma vs. Fortitude

Hit: 3d8 + Charisma modifier radiant damage, and you push the target 3 squares.

Miss: Half damage, and you push the target 1 square.

Effect: Until the end of the encounter, at the start of each of your turns, if you have not moved since the start of your last turn, you can use a free action to grant yourself and each ally adjacent to you a +4 power bonus to all defenses until the start of your next turn.


Published in Divine Power, page(s) 98.