|This article is about the shield in Pillars of Eternity. For the shield in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, see Outworn Buckler (Deadfire).|
This simple wooden buckler would not be out of place in a pile of surplus training shields. Painted green, it has two black iron straps across its front that form a large "X." It looks like it has taken more than its share of blows and may have been in use for far too long. But far from ordinary, the buckler is in fact thousands of years old, its preservation a testament to a transcendence of its humble creation.
The buckler originally belonged to one of the founding members of the Darcozzi Paladini when she was just a squire, thousands of years ago in the glory days of Old Vailia. As it accumulated damage from war and weather, the buckler became an extension of the paladin's own irrepressibility and protectiveness, as well as a symbol that inspired those in her charge. She wore it in every battle of her long and distinguished career, and though the paladin's name would eventually succumb to the ravages of time, the shield has yet to do the same.
It is said the shield was so partial to its original master that it will allow none but a paladin of similar conviction to touch it, and in times of need it has a way of making it into the hands of those whose souls mirror the greatest qualities of the Darcozzi founder.
Since passive benefical effects on weapons stack with everything in Pillars of Eternity, the enchantment "Herald" stacks with all other defense bonuses. For example it will stack with other Herald enchantments, giving every party member in the area of effect a bonus of +10 to all their defenses.