[Runequest] RQ3 - protecting another character from attacks

Mark Ahnen ahnen at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 6 09:40:08 EST 2012

Initial answer, yes. Specific situation...it depends.  A flying shield would not necessarily block the entire force of a given blow.  Physics is physics...inertia is inertia.  Just b/c it interceded does not mean that the shield would not be knocked back into the caster causing some to full damage.  That is an interesting concept, but expecting it to work 100% of the time or part of the time with 100% protection...I don't think so.   If a human interceded to take the blow, he/she is big, has a SIZ value, and as a hero might stop the occasional blow.  A shield has a very small siz and may end up hitting others as physics dictates. Just my opinion. My best,Mark
 > From: perala at student.uef.fi
> To: runequest at rpgreview.net
> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:52:49 +0000
> Subject: [Runequest] RQ3 - protecting another character from attacks
> RQ3 question: Can a character parry an attack targeted at someone else (assuming he's close enough to reach)?
> Let's say that a character is going to be attacked and cannot or won't dodge or parry the attack himself, but an ally is nearby and free to act. Can the ally intercept the incoming attack?
> Now that we have established a basic situation, let's move to a more specific example. Let's say there is a sorcerer, who has made a familiar from e.g. a magic spirit that is bound into a shield and is flying around its master using Fly-spell. Could the shield familiar protect it's master by parrying attacks targeted at him on his behalf thus allowing him to concentrate on spell casting?
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