Ask Wizards04/24/2007


Q: Dear Sage,
If a single opponent is affected by multiple iron guard glare stances (Tome of Battle p59), what happens?

A: Play it just like it’s written, remembering that the penalties won’t stack (since they’re all from the same effect).

An ogre threatened by two different characters both in the iron guard’s glare stance would take a –4 penalty to attack any ally of either character. Assuming the two threatening characters are allies of each other, the ogre can’t avoid taking a –4 penalty on his attack roll no matter who he swings at (unless he moves to a place where one or the other no longer threatens him).

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