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    Default Ladybug shield?

    Greetings, I'm at work right now so I'll be quick, you have a magic shield that looks like a ladybug,

    What magical properties do you give it?

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    While Donned, worn on the arm, it gives you the ability to cast the Infestation Cantrip.
    While Doffed, and worn on the back, stating the command word will cause the shield to split in half, and giant insectoid wings sprout from it, giving you a fly speed equal to your land speed for 60 minutes, or until the shield is removed from your back. The minutes do not need to be used consecutively.
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    How about plant growth since the little buggers are known to eat the insects harmful to crops?
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    I've also always heard the superstition that ladybugs are good luck, you could definitely do something with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vogie View Post
    While Donned, worn on the arm, it gives you the ability to cast the Infestation Cantrip.
    While Doffed, and worn on the back, stating the command word will cause the shield to split in half, and giant insectoid wings sprout from it, giving you a fly speed equal to your land speed for 60 minutes, or until the shield is removed from your back. The minutes do not need to be used consecutively.
    ... does this stuff just come naturally to you? Do you even have to try anymore xD
    Why is it that some users on this forum just OOZE solutions and creative mechanics :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarkmundur View Post
    ... does this stuff just come naturally to you? Do you even have to try anymore xD
    Why is it that some users on this forum just OOZE solutions and creative mechanics :O
    To be fair, that second bit is, I believe, almost identical to the Wings of Flying in the DMG.
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    What level are they? So we can gauge the desired power level

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vogie View Post
    While Donned, worn on the arm, it gives you the ability to cast the Infestation Cantrip.
    While Doffed, and worn on the back, stating the command word will cause the shield to split in half, and giant insectoid wings sprout from it, giving you a fly speed equal to your land speed for 60 minutes, or until the shield is removed from your back. The minutes do not need to be used consecutively.
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    One time per round, the ladybug can detach from the arm and flutter around an attacker: the wearer loses the benefit of the shield to his armor class, but the attacker he chooses has disadvantage to his attack rolls against the wearer for the round. The following round, the ladybug reattaches by itself to the arm of the wearer.

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    Ok, I'd say no fly before lv 8... probably
    Unless you want a minute a day (based on aasimar's racial ability)

    Ladybugs are bright red because they are poisonous. Maybe adv on saves vs poison or resistance to poison damage. I'd say deal poison damage but this is a shield.
    Or maybe they can cast poison spray cantrip at will.
    Maybe they have 3 charges that can be used as:
    Luck point
    Or A few other low level spells at one cast per charge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarkmundur View Post
    ... does this stuff just come naturally to you? Do you even have to try anymore xD
    Why is it that some users on this forum just OOZE solutions and creative mechanics :O
    Vogie is the sh**. I don't really have anything to contribute to the topic, just wanted to point that out.



    [Edit] Maybe one thing: Advantage on Dexterity Saving Throws from spells? For some reason, I get this idea of a ladybug shield that's effective against offensive magic. Not sure why.
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    is it a regular sized shield, or an actual lady bug sized that just magically draws attacks and deflects them?

    also the shield should not be worn, more so climbs on the user and moves around independently, mechanically give it something similar to the dancing property a sword can have.

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    ...grants ability to cast Seeming on self only to appear only as a giant ladybug.

    Plus all that other cool stuff.

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    Variations on a theme:

    The black spots are actually entrances to the extra dimensional space contained within the shield, allowing it to function as a bag of holding.
    When attuned to the shield, you gain resistance to piercing damage as the blows move through the holes rather than, well, you.


    The black spots are actually exits from the negative energy plane. The wielder may fully open these exits once per day to allow the power of the negative energy plane to escape. This effect is the same as lightning bolt, but deals negative energy damage.


    The black spots are actually holes that can be peeled off the shield and used to create a pathway through a wall, floor, or ceiling, ala loony tunes. There are 4 spots that can be used this way when the shield is first acquired. At the start of the day the shield regains 1d4-1 spots, to a maximum of the 4 starting spots.

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