These simple copper shields are wielded by the arthi troops that have sworn allegiance to the Lion Emperor. The arthi themselves are human but consider themselves superior to the kingdoms of man; legend has it they have true lion's blood in their veins to account for their fighting prowess. Everyone else politely doubts it but none speak too loudly - the arthi of the Lion Emperor razed the city of Karthin to the ground when their king embarrassed the Emperor with ease. It stands as a powerful lesson to the other city-states and they pay tributes of gold and myrrh to the Lion Emperor each year. Such is the price of peace.
I recently bought these from the guys at of science and swords from their stall at a convention and they are amazing! They're so comfy that you don't even need to wear a gamberson underneath them and they are so easy to move around in that at one point I actually forgot that was wearing them. FYI, I got the black ones.