Parry melee attacks with shields and weapons. Successful blocks reduce damage.
Increasing your skill in Block will eventually earn you recognition and additional benefits. As...
...an Apprentice at Blocking
, blocking with your shield or weapon no longer drains fatigue.
...a Journeyman at Blocking
, blocking no longer damages your weapon or shield. Blocking with your bare hands will cause opponents to recoil a bit, although you take full damage from the attack.
...an Expert at Blocking
, blocking with a shield can be used like an attack to knock back and stagger your opponent.
...a Master of Blocking
, blocking with a shield has a chance to disarm your opponent.