Shields protect characters from most ranged and melee attacks. The parry bonus of the shield and the bonuses from Shield Fighting I-III are added to the base parry value. It also provides a second parry opportunity.
“A simple and light shield made of an ironbound wooden disc. Carrying a shield gives you a second...Buckler
“A heraldic shield made of wood and bound with metal to give it extra stability. Carrying a...Iron shield
“A large, wooden roundshield with ironbound edges and an iron boss in the middle. These shields...Thorwalian roundshield