Improvised Defense

Benefit: May use a variety of mundane objects for defense. A shield bonus of +1 or +2 is conferred, depending on the GM’s judgment as to the nature of the object used. A cloak, hat, or dinner knife would confer a +1 bonus while a stool, candelabra, fireplace poker, or torch would confer a +2 bonus. The object is held in the off-hand. Just about any object may be used (a hat, a cloak, a chair, a candlestick, and so on). This technique was taught in many historical fencing schools going back to the Middle Ages.