In the Heavy’s loadout there are two shield options: At normal load there is a Fine Shield, at heavy load there is a Fine Tower Shield.
As far as I understand it, these are identical items: both provide 1 armor and improve your threat level because they are bot Fine. The only differences in descriptions are:
- The tower shield calls out missle and melee fire, but the regular shield says ‘Provides 1 armor against physical attacks’ so this does not seem different.
- The fine tower shield says it can be used to protect others, but there is already a Protect action that has no stress cost. Do I assume from this that you cannot otherwise use armor to reduce damage taken during the Protect action?
Can someone explain what, if any, mechanical difference there is between these?
Here is the text I am looking at:
Fine Shield: Fully metal shield embossed with any symbol you desire. Provides 1 armor against physical attacks. What insignia fills the front?
Fine Tower Shield: Replaces shield. Massive shield that can stop missile and melee fire and protect others. Grants 1 armor. Is it taller than you?