|Components||holy symbol, prayer book|
|Learned At||65 levels faith.rituals.defensive|
|Description||Shelters a target from harm.|
|Priestwiki||Discworld ritual help|
Holy Aegis protects the recipient of the ritual with a translucent goat skin that functions similarly to a major shield. The ritual uses the skills faith.rituals.defensive.self (when targeted at oneself) or faith.rituals.defensive.target (when targeted at someone else). It is a relatively difficult ritual to perform reliably, and will still not be completely reliable at a bonus of 325. This ritual is one of Gufnorkian priests' biggest advantages, as it gives them the potential to eliminate much more damage from enemies' base attacks than other priests.
The major advantage of this ritual is that when performed on someone under the effects of a Major Shield, the damage absorption effect will stack with the major shield. The damage messages received will not reflect this, and will still give the message "your layer of fluff absorbs all of the blow" (for example), but the amount of damage absorbed will be noticeably increased. Holy aegis appears to be slightly, but not dramatically, better than major shield when dealing with special attacks. Unfortunately it does not plug this hole in a priest's defences.
It is not yet confirmed, but it seems that this ritual also stacks with Security Blanket, for a potential three-layered defence combined with major shield. Also unconfirmed is the fact that the duration of the ritual stacks with subsequent castings, though superficial research seems to support the theory that it does.
Though the gp cost is only 2/3rds of major shield, holy aegis lasts for a considerably shorter duration than Minor Shield, major shield and security blanket do. This means that the ritual is better used as a temporary boost to the major shield, rather than a permanent accompaniment to it.
> perform holy aegis on me You kneel in prayer. You close your eyes and think of higher things. You chant the psalm of sheltering. Your hands begin to glow with a soft light. The glow spreads down your arms from your hands and seems to sink into your body. You feel that the hand of a higher being is sheltering you from harm.