This fiery sword and shield combination perfects the balance of Tenno offense and defense prowess. In the hands of a Master, even a defensive tool like a shield can be used as a weapon.
The Silva & Aegis is a Heat-based sword and shield combo weapon introduced in Update 14.0, and is the first fan-designed weapon from DE's Community Melee Weapons contest to be added in-game. It features a very high blocking ability, allowing the player to shield themselves from enemy attacks more efficiently than most other melee weapons.
The Silva & Aegis has one of the highest damage reduction on blocking of all melee weapons, capable of reducing 85% of incoming damage from the front.
When adding elemental mods for combination, this weapon's Heat element is added last.
It is highly recommended to set Corrosive and Blast damage on this weapon as this combination is very effective against all factions, besides Corpus due to their Proto Shields, and gives the player immense control over higher level enemies due to the weapon's high status chance.
The Pyra Syandana uses Aegis's geometry and textures, albeit moved around and scaled differently.
The shield sticks onto the Tenno's arm regardless of equipped status, and when unequipped, the sword is inserted into a sheath behind the Aegis.
Because the blade of the Silva itself is made from an additive material, elemental visual effects such as Gas and Heat (which are additive particles) are not as visible.
When equipped by a Specter, the shield will always be active regardless of their equipped weapon.
Upon its release, the Silva and Aegis featured the same amount of stamina consumption as all melee weapons, which spawned negative feedback regarding the shield's usefulness. The weapon has since received a stealth-buff that gave it significantly decreased stamina consumption on blocking. Upon the release of Update 17.0, it no longer requires stamina and instead has a very high damage reduction.
This is the first:
Sword and Shield class melee weapon introduced into the game.
Weapon to be created from the three Community Melee Weapon Contest Winners.
Melee weapon in the game to deal pure Heat damage as its primary damage type.
On jump attacks, the Silva will emit a ring of flames identical to that created by the Heat Sword, Heat Dagger and Dual Heat Swords. Unlike said weapons however, this effect on the Silva is cosmetic only.
Aegis is presumably named after the Aegis, an artifact (commonly depicted as a shield) used by the Greek goddess Athena, with a carving of a gorgon's head on the front.
Silva is likely a reference to player Silverbones, the designer of this weapon.