Endorphin's Floating Friend

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Endorphin's Floating Friend
Spell information
Nickname eff
Guild Wizards
Type Defensive
Description Floats a shield that blocks attacks.
GP cost 30
Mind space 20
Thaums 4
Components shield
Tome Introeductyon too thee Strukture of thee Multyverss

Endorphin's Floating Friend (abbreviated as EFF) is a first order defensive spell which floats a shield around the caster.

The shield will automatically protect against attacks and remain floating around the caster until it is knocked out of orbit.

Spell details

This spell costs 30 GP to cast and takes up 20 units of mind space.

Skills

Spellcheck results
Scale      
70 95 120 145 170 195 220 245 270 295 320
 
evoking            
 
       
animating            
 
       
binding            
 
       

The following skills are used in the stages of this spell:

Components

A shield is required to lift into orbit, which can either be in the caster's inventory or on the ground. Once floating it can no longer be used as an item until it is knocked out of orbit.

Casting messages

Details needed.

Casting (when holding the shield)
You prepare to cast Endorphin's Floating Friend on the medium metal shield.
You clasp the medium metal shield protectively.
You hold the medium metal shield out and move it around in a circle.
You suggest to the <shield> that it might like to do this of its own accord.

Casting

You prepare to cast Endorphin's Floating Friend on the <shield>.
You rock the <shield> gently with your foot.
You suggest how nice it is to fly to the <shield>.
You suggest to the <shield> that it might like to do this of its own accord.

Success

The <shield> begins to float around you.
Failure
Smoke starts pouring from your hands!
You cough and gag on the smoke.
The smoke clears.

What others see

Dave the Most Horrid and Foul Necromancer clasps a large wooden shield close.
Dave the Most Horrid and Foul Necromancer holds a large wooden shield out and moves it around in a circle.
Dave the Most Horrid and Foul Necromancer seems to be talking to a large wooden shield.
The large wooden shield begins to float around Dave the Most Horrid and Foul Necromancer.

Effects

When looking at the shielded person

It adds the following line into the description

He has a <shield> floating around <him/her>.
When in combat

Caster is unable to use melee defenses (dodge, parry, block) while the shield is active. Defense against fighting specials such as shove and trip (fi.de.** skillcheck) is not affected.

Effectiveness

Shields with the exact same weight will perform the same, except for the damage it takes. As a shield absorb hits, it will get damaged as shown by its condition. Better materials such as klatchian steel and octiron will take more hits to get to a damaged condition than other materials. This could be because the material takes less damage with each hit and/or that better materials give items more health.

A shield is harder to float and harder to control (make it block hits) when it is heavier, but its resistance to being knocked down when it absorbs hits is greater.

If your magic.methods.physical.binding bonus is too low you will fail more often at initially making a shield of a given weight float around you. However this will not help block more hits. You can try again by casting the spell until it succeeds or you run out of GP. However, just because you can make the shield float around you does not mean it will block attacks.

If your magic.spells.defensive bonus is too low a shield of a given weight will fail to block attacks, but you will not attempt to dodge or parry, you will just get hit. You can try with a lighter shield (though it will be knocked down more easily) or you can increase your defensive bonus. As your bonus increase it will block a greater percentage of attacks (averaged over a long time), though any given attack can still randomly fail and you could have several such failures in a row. This can happen at the same time as bursts of lag which can result in your death. Having more layers of protection like CCC, dodge/parry/block or armour is recommended.

The resistance of a shield to getting knocked down when blocking a hit is greater for heavier shields, i.e. a large wall shield will be much harder to knock down than a small wooden shield. The formula for this is: Knockdown resistance = (weight of current shield/weight of baseline shield)^(log2 10). However it is much harder to make a heavy shield block attacks than with a light one.

In combat - too late
Your <shield> is too late to block the <opponent>'s attack.
Knocked out of orbit
In blocking the attack the <shield> floating around you is knocked out of orbit.
When it falls as you leave the room
 You realise that the <shield> is no longer floating around you.

Shield List

Below is a list of shields and the bonuses suggested using a formula derived from information inside QuowEFFStats.xml from the Quow's EFF plugin.

Knockdown resistance values are also included, using the small leather shield as a baseline - e.g. a Ephebian round shield with a resistance of 13 is 13 times less likely to fall to the same attack compared to a small leather shield, and in turn a medium bone shield is 26 times less likely to fall compared to the same small leather shield, etc.

Shield Weight (lb) 80% blockrate 90% blockrate Minimum
suggested
98% blockrate 99.9% blockrate Resistance to knockdown
Antique round shield &&&+6000 6 6/9 228 238 250 256 259 54.6
Bronze tower shield &&+12500 13 8/9 474 495 521 532 538 625
Cloud dragon shield &&&+3000 3 3/9 114 119 125 128 130 5.5
Crescent moon shield &&&+5600 6 2/9 213 222 234 239 241 43.4
Emerald studded shield &&+11200 12 4/9 425 443 467 477 482 433.9
Ephebian round shield &&&+3900 4 3/9 148 155 163 166 168 13
Enormous spider carapace &&+13800 15 3/9 524 546 575 587 594 868.2
Giant turtle shell &&+15500 17 2/9 588 614 646 660 668 1277
Klatchian steel tower shield &&+12900 14 3/9 489 511 538 549 556 693.9
Kushi umbrella &&&+5200 5 7/9 198 206 217 222 224 33.9
Large metal shield &&+10300 11 4/9 391 408 430 439 444 328.5
Large wooden shield &&&+7800 8 6/9 296 309 325 332 336 130.5
Medium bone shield &&&+4800 5 3/9 182 190 200 205 207 26
Medium leather shield &&&+2200 2 4/9 84 88 92 94 95 1.9
Medium metal shield &&&+6900 7 6/9 262 273 288 294 297 86.8
Medium wooden shield &&&+4300 4 7/9 163 171 180 183 186 18
Ornate bone shield &&+11600 12 8/9 440 459 484 494 500 487.6
Oval bronze shield &&&+8200 9 1/9 311 325 342 349 353 154
Portable running water shield &&&+7300 8 1/9 277 289 305 311 315 104.7
Seven-fold oxhide shield &&&+8600 9 5/9 326 341 359 366 371 180.4
Sapphire studded shield &&+12000 13 3/9 455 475 500 511 517 545.7
Small leather shield &&&+1800 2 69 72 75 77 78 1
Small metal shield &&&+3500 3 8/9 133 139 146 149 151 9.1
Small wooden shield &&&+1800 2 69 72 75 77 78 1
Thousand rose shield &&&+6500 7 2/9 247 258 271 277 280 71.2
Three star shield &&&+9900 11 376 392 413 422 427 288
Tsortean metal shield &&+10800 12 410 428 450 460 465 384.6
Wooden Djelian shield &&&+2200 2 4/9 84 88 92 94 95 1.9
large bronze wall shield (premium) (U) &&+11700 13 444 463 488 498 504 501.7
large copper wall shield (premium) (U) &&+13500 15 512 534 563 575 581 807
large copper buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+9000 10 342 356 375 383 388 209.9
large Klatchian steel aegis[2] shield (inferior) (U) &&&+6900 7 6/9 262 273 288 294 297 86.8
large Klatchian steel wall shield (premium) (U) &&+11300 12 5/9 429 447 471 481 487 446.9
small Klatchian steel aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+3700 4 1/9 141 147 155 158 160 11
small Klatchian steel buckler[1] (inferior) (U) &&&+2300 2 5/9 88 91 96 98 99 2.3
small Klatchian steel buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+2800 3 1/9 107 111 117 120 121 4.3
small leather buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+1800 2 69 72 75 77 78 1
small leather aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+1800 2 69 72 75 77 78 1
Klatchian steel buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+5600 6 2/9 213 222 234 239 241 43.4
Klatchian steel buckler[1] (medium) (U) &&&+5100 5 6/9 194 202 213 217 220 31.8
large Klatchian steel buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+7500 8 3/9 285 297 313 319 323 114.5
large leather wall shield (premium) (U) &&&+4500 5 171 178 188 192 194 21
large leather aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+3300 3 6/9 126 131 138 141 143 7.5
leather aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+2600 2 8/9 99 103 109 111 112 3.4
leather buckler[1] shield (premium) (U) &&&+2200 2 4/9 84 88 92 94 95 1.9
large leather buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+3000 3 3/9 114 119 125 128 130 5.5
large wooden wall shield (premium) (U) &&&+6300 7 239 250 263 268 272 64.2
large wooden aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+5000 5 5/9 190 198 209 213 216 29.8
large wooden buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+4500 5 171 178 188 192 194 21
wooden aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+3900 4 3/9 148 155 163 166 168 13
wooden buckler[1] (premium) (U) &&&+3300 3 6/9 126 131 138 141 143 7.5
Klatchian steel aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+6600 7 3/9 251 262 275 281 285 74.9
large Klatchian steel aegis[2] shield (premium) (U) &&&+8400 9 3/9 319 333 350 358 362 166.9
Shield Weight (lb) 80% blockrate 90% blockrate Minimum
suggested
98% blockrate 99.9% blockrate Resistance to knockdown
  • Note that bronze and copper shields have very low durability, and can need repairing extremely frequently if you hunt a lot - the large copper wall shield particularly can lose almost half it's durability in just an hour.
  • While the repair prices for the Ug Ogg shields is high at first, with repeated repairings the value of the shield itself will drop, lowering the repair costs over a long period.
  • The shield weights were reduced on July 9th 2017, but the "EFF spell is unaffected". [1]

The weight of custom shields varies according to size, material and quality. The following table gives approximate weights for the various combinations.

Custom Shields

These shields can be ordered at Ug Ogg's Custom armour shop in the Djelian Guard Guildhouse, Djelibeybi. It can be found at the north-east end of Djelibeybi near the Palace. The weights of the various combination of shield, materials and qualities are as follows.

There are three custom shield types which have identical characteristics: buckler[1], aegis shield[2] and wall shield (only available in large size).

Size Material Quality
Inferior Low Medium High Premium
Small buckler[1]
Leather 2 2
Bone/wood
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 2 5/9 3 1/9
Silver/copper
Small aegis[2] shield
Leather
Bone/wood
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 4 1/9
Silver/copper
Medium buckler[1]
Leather
Bone/wood 3 6/9
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 6 2/9
Silver/copper
Medium aegis[2] shield
Leather
Bone/wood 4 3/9
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 7 3/9
Silver/copper
Large buckler[1]
Leather 3 3/9
Bone/wood 5
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 8 3/9
Silver/copper 10
Large aegis[2] shield
Leather 3 6/9
Bone/wood 5 5/9
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 7 6/9
Silver/copper 11
Large wall
Leather 4 4 5 5 5
Bone/wooden 6 6 7 7 7
Bronze/Brass/Iron/Klatchian steel/Metal/Steel/Stone 10 2/9 11 11 12 12 5/9
Silver/copper 12 13 14 14 15

Please note that there are three categories of shield types (by name) for the same quality that have the same weight and the same price. For copper, from lightest to heaviest:

  1. The large buckler[1] and the large diamond/targe/circle/disc/round/two star/(no qualifier)/square shields weigh 10 lb.
  2. The large aegis[2]/kite/teardrop/oval/heater/three star/rectangular/scutum/tower shields weigh 11 lb.
  3. The large wall shield weighs 15.

The cheapest option for groups of the same weight are:

  • bone
  • stone
  • copper

Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 The custom buckler is the same and includes the following custom shields: buckler / diamond shield / targe shield / circle shield / disc shield / round shield / two star shield / square shield / shield (without any qualifier)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 The custom aegis shield is the same and includes the following custom shields: aegis shield / kite shield / teardrop shield / oval shield / heater shield / three star shield / rectangular shield / scutum shield / tower shield

Notes

  • As well as being hit by strong melee attacks, a floating shield can be knocked out of orbit using the spell Frygellhan's Fiendish Orbit Disruptor. This is useful if you need to retrieve a shield from orbit without entering combat. Note that casting this spell on an NPC wizard using EFF will initiate combat, and the spell is pk-checked when cast on other players.
  • Mother Brynda's Call of Gravity can also be used by witches to de-orbit shields.
  • Shields while in orbit cannot be used to cast Transcendent Pneumatic Alleviator.

See also

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