The Endless Wilds
Wielding a shield grants a Cover bonus to the wielding character against ranged shots, rather than Armor. They still grant a Parry bonus against melee attacks. Small shields (like bucklers and fencing gauntlets) are Light cover, medium shields (such as kite shields) are Medium cover, and large or oversize shields, up to the size of tower shields, grant Heavy cover if the character did not move in that round (otherwise they create Medium cover). Shields grant Cover to the front and left sides of the wielder, assuming the shield is held in the left hand.