[quote=“DaakSyde, post:100, topic:601, full:true”]
This is a sentence that I did not expect to be typing tonight, but… I prefer the strap-on. It fits my image of Ranar as a basher in combat. He does want to train with his off-hand (and later duel-wielding) in case he gets caught with his shield down, arm grappled or whatever again, but he’s used to the big shield and it gives him some comfort.[/quote]
It’s your call, but from a purely tactical POV: Ranar is a ferociously effective grappler. If you ever run into an opponent too heavily armoured for his axe, or a foe that you need to take non-lethally, it would be very useful to be able to quickly switch to MMA mode.
You can still do slams without the strap-on shield. The advantage of the shield rush is that the shield’s DB adds to your damage (+3 with Ranar’s spiked shield, but he’s beefy enough to do a fair bit without it) and the shield absorbs the return damage (but his armour would easily soak that anyway).
With the strap-on shield, you’ll almost certainly knock over anyone who doesn’t Dodge your charge (usually about a 50% chance). With the buckler, you’ll probably knock over anyone who doesn’t Dodge your charge.