Looking at the Gladiator 'Lantern Shield' looks like you can put 1-2 swords in the shield, and able to atk with the shield, just like a normal sword, but as the disctription says that they need a lot of upkeep.
I don't think it means you attack with it. It's probably a way of keeping alternate weapons handy for swapping on the fly.
Wonder what the heck the point of putting a lantern in a shield is. Maybe it's an enmity thing, so as to attract the attention of monsters? Sounds weird to me.
Lantern shields became popular in the cities with nobles while crime was on the rise and people were worried about being attacked on the way home after dark. The lantern shield evolved as a way in which one could carry their lantern (so they could actually see their way home) while not losing the use of that hand if they were attacked.
Lantern shields were metal gauntlets worn over the left hand (or offhand) with a buckler shield welded onto it. The hook was on the inside of the shield. From there they began to get more and more elaborate, with spikes or multiple blades being added to the shield to the point of making them unusable, and more of a deterrent.
Additionally, the blades attached to a lantern shield were not just for storage, they were actually welded in place. Some of them even featured retractable blades.
Finally, the lantern always had a movable shutter on it. The purpose of this was to create a controlled beam of light to blind an attacker.
Here are a couple pics of actual lantern shields. http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hSzCzJIj_FE/SRuEb_tfsPI/AAAAAAAAAeY/CkUjZa9Clkw/s576/1226538302352.jpg http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hSzCzJIj_FE/SRuEcBEZYGI/AAAAAAAAAeg/Pqw9MWJm4SA/s576/1226538407100.jpg http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hSzCzJIj_FE/SRuEcBEZYGI/AAAAAAAAAeg/Pqw9MWJm4SA/s576/1226538407100.jpg Edited, Nov 12th 2009 12:44pm by renasci
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