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The rules for shields say: Shields. A shield is made from wood or metal and is carried in one hand. Wielding a shield increases your Armor Class by 2. You can benefit from only one shield at a time. So as far as the rules are concerned, a shield only counts if you're carrying it in one hand. If it's on your back, it's effectively worthless. Your ...
RAW, Nope. A shield on your back does not provide you with any AC bonus. If you swap your fighting stance from one hand to who hands, you cant use your shield properly and loose the bonus. I get that a shield on your back CAN provide extra cover, so maybe your DM can work with it. But the rules wont be able to help you with this one.
To use your weapon two handed you would be required to stop using your shield. This requires an action to remove it completely. The DM may allow you to simple stop using it while wielding two handed weapons. It would still be attached to your arm but you are not able to use it for defence. You would be able to hold your shield till your turn taking ...
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