Looking through the new information provided by this thread:
I set out to test the effects of STR on shield block damage mitigation.
And made a very disturbing discovery.
As a Rank 27 THM with 40 STR, the damage I revceived was as follows (all trials
when I was casting/moving/facing a different direction and special attacks
eliminated; all trials were conducted on a single green Muntaui Squirrel.):
Without shield/not blocking:
With shield/successful block:
Preliminary conclusion: Whatever the cause, successful shield blocks did definitely
*NOT* consistently reduce the damage I received. As the variance in the first sample
is close to 0, even with the increased variance in sample 2, these results are quite
Shield used: Ash Ekyu (? don't know the English name, sorry), rank 15, neither in red
nor yellow repair status.