2014-09-26, 08:50 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: Valor bard forced to get War Caster?
Common sense dictates that the shield itself becmes the holy symbol, so yes, you are holding it. So unless there are specific mats needed (with a price or consumed) you don't need a hand free anymore for the mats. You are holding your focus, so that requirement is nullified. The focus/pouch completely replaces the need for components in most cases. In the case of a focus rather than a pouch, you already have the components in your hand via the focus.
Originally Posted by toapat
The issue with a somatic component still exists, however, unless you find a way around it (ala war caster feat, etc).
Personally, I rule that the hand holding the focus is the same one that performs the somatic comps. In effect, that hand doesn't have to be free as long as the thing in that hand is your focus.
Last edited by Shadow; 2014-09-26 at 09:01 PM.