|[ orcish shield|
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The orcish shield is a kind of shield. When unidentified, it is a red-eyed shield.
Since Mordor orcs tend to be less dangerous than Uruk-hai, especially because of the poisoned arrows used by the latter, one might expect the orcish shield to be inferior, but in practice the two shields are identical in all but name and appearance.
Orcish shields are usually found on Mordor orcs (with a 2/3 chance). Orc-captains may also get an orcish shield or an Uruk-hai shield, with about a 1/3 chance of each.
The red eye is the symbol of Sauron, the title character and main antagonist of The Lord of the Rings, whose forces included armies of orcs.
This is worse than almost any other shield due to its low armor class and high weight. The orcish shield is mainly useful for role-playing, and for the racial armor unofficial conduct.
Orcish shields are considered racial equipment for orcs, for purposes of the racial AC bonus in UnNetHack.