Major Shield

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Major Shield
GP Cost 120
Learnt At 79 in
Skills Used faith.rituals.defensive.self or
Requirements Symbol and a shield
Granted By Pishe, Gufnork, Gapp, Sandelfon, Fish, Hat and Sek
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Provides a powerful defensive shield


Probably the most used ritual by priests. This ritual covers the target in a protective layer of shielding which soaks up damage. It is effectively a complete covering of armour which weighs nothing. Unfortunately it is not very good against specials, but can soak up a large amount of base round damage at high bonuses. It can also be extended by "stacking". For example casting the ritual once leads to a 2 minute duration, casting it 4 times in a row stacks it to an 8 minute duration. The duration of a major shield after a single perform seems to be equal to you bonus, in seconds. (360 bonus -> 6 minutes). It can be extended with minor shield, however this will weaken the major shield and is not recommended. It's better to use the stacking method as mentioned.

You need a shield to perform the ritual. The origami paper shield at 1/9lb is currently the lightest, but there is a penalty from using it in that your major shield will be harder to perform, weaker in strength and shorter in duration. A mounted pewter shield is the next lightest and does not have the same penalty. A "proper" shield, although heavier in weight (about 4lb for the lightest) confers a significant ritual bonus, making the ritual easier, stronger and longer lasting. Other than the effects mentioned here, the type of shield has no effect whatsoever on the ritual.

Each deity has a different appearance of major shield, coming in at least 2 types depending on the strength.

  • Pishe: Blanket of fog
  • Gufnork: Layer of fluff
  • Gapp: Translucent cloth robe
  • Sandelfon: Wall of dust
  • Fish: Slimy seaweed cloak
  • Hat: Translucent feather
  • Sek: Crackling flames, Bright crimson flames

If you have a magical impact shield, that will always absorb hits first, with the major shield only having any effect after it has been destroyed.

Help File

Major Shield will place a protective shield around you that acts as a layer of armour against blows. It provides significantly more protection than the Minor Shield ritual. You'll need a holy symbol consecrated to your god and a shield to perform this ritual.


> perform major shield on me
You speak a short prayer.
You call upon Fish to protect yourself.
You are protected by the power of Fish.

Granted By

Pishe, Gufnork, Gapp, Sandelfon, Fish, Hat and Sek

Learnt At level 79

Skills Used

faith.rituals.defensive.self or

Base GP Cost

120 GP


Holy symbol and a shield


Type Defensive
Step Count2
TargetOthers, Self
ComponentsHoly symbol, Shield
Required PowersSpeech
Will Attempt to Resist No
Will Be Angered No/Unknown