In a campaign I'm DM'ing, I'm planning to leave out some good loot for the players next week to reward them for completing the first part of the campaign. I want some of the loot to also be helpful to them with a difficult challenge in the next part of the campaign.
One of the players is a Life Cleric.
I'm thinking about giving the party a Sentinel Shield.
Since the Life Cleric is the only one in their party who can wield a shield, the party will almost definitely give the Sentinel Shield to the Life Cleric.
Honestly, the cleric is the main reason I'm thinking of giving it to them, though I recognize that they can do whatever they want to with it.
Here's the question I expect will come up right away.
The cleric picked up the War Caster feat as soon as he could and then he had his holy symbol painted on his starter shield. The Sentinel Shield is described as having an "eye" emblazoned on it. I assume the eye represents the watchful alertness provided by the shield that results in the advantage on Initiative rolls and Perception checks that result when the shield is equipped.
Can the cleric paint his holy symbol on the Sentinel Shield?
On the one hand, it's magical and maybe it can't be easily defaced with paint, particularly not if the eye on a Sentinel Shield is what's being painted over.
On the other hand, a divine holy symbol would be what's being painted on the shield.
I suspect they'll assume it's doable.
If it is doable, will defacing the eye with a divine symbol damage the watchful alertness provided to the user of the shield?
Maybe the cleric can paint his symbol on the non-Eye side, but isn't that side still magical so that it can't be easily defaced?
So, again, the bottom line question is this: can a a Sentinel Shield be painted with a Cleric's Holy Symbol?