Originally Posted by Ask Shenn
May I ask exactly HOW you cast your Bulwark? Yes I understand magic is involved, but what kind? Is it a specific spell from a specific tome? Or perhaps a rune based spell? Your shield has always intrigued me, and I always wanted to know how to do it. Sometimes my Feint spell is not enough.
-The Eye of Twilight
Ah, hello, Shen. Bulwark, along with my Resolute Smite, are not exactly magic in the sense ordinary mages would learn. It is not found in any tome you would learn spells from. Rather, the answer lies in other tomes of magical study. The very essence of magic itself is what powers the life behind artificer's creations, and is a secret art due to the contact with magic's essence. It is a very dangerous thing to tamper with. However, in a controlled environment, the essence of magic can do things ordinary mages cannot do when channeling their elemental magic.
Bulwark specifically was designed to be a defensive mechanism, so Durand triggered the defensive qualities of the essence. In terms of natural physics, the magic dampens any impact, physical or magical, and uses the energy behind the attack to fuel a healing response.
But yes Shen, I do notice that quite often your Feint is
enough. I observe that many a summoner is enraged when the 'kill' escapes them.