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Wands of Soul Rending


The Wands were created by the Aldruku as a weapon to finally destroy their Nyorian enemies.

Full Item Description

These wands appear as slender, leather-covered switches 3’ in length. The leather is dyed the color of dried blood and its length is enscribed with mystical runes.


The Wands were created by the Aldruku people as a weapon to finally destroy their Nyorian enemies (See Nethernimbus for more details).  The Aldruku priesthood were assisted by their deities (who were also warring against the Nyorian Pantheon) in developing these accursed items.

Magic/Cursed Properties

The Wands are crafted from human bone,sinew and skin and infused with power both divine and from the slaying of human sacrifices. The wand’s power is simple, but dreadful.  It will force the soul from a living being and tear it into fragments. Apart from causing the death of the victim, the now sundered spirit will be unable to proceed to the afterlife, as the components literally are scattered to the wind. 

With sufficient divine magic - either directly wielded by a deity, or by a sufficiently strong priest, one can attempt to reunite the fragments, but they must be found and brought close together first.

Depending on the strength of the sundered spirit, the fragments may manifest themselves as non-corporeal undead of minor power.  Destruction of these Fragments will cause permanent damage to the soul should the remaining fragments be collected and united.

Campaign Use

The power level of these items is quite high, and in the World of Neyathis, quite a number were created by the Aldruku.  However, with the destruction of their fleet, the wands were virtually all cast into the sea and carried by tides to all ends of the world.  Some were destroyed by the effects of weather, or through misadventure through the centuries, but some still remain.  The undead spawned through use of these could alert various groups that one of these rods has been uncovered.

Their macabre origin and intense evil lends them to having dangerous side effects to the bearer.  That which so readily destroys spirits might do so also to its bearer, perhaps slowly slicing away pieces of his spirit, creating additional Fragments.  The Aldruku never found out about this side effect - they having created the rods only a short period before their one and only use.

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Aldruku By: valadaar ( Society/ Organizations ) Ethnic/Cultural - Country/ State

A powerful empire, macabre and violent. Now gone, a victim of their own folly.

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Nethernimbus By: valadaar ( Lifeforms ) Unique - Other

Nethernimbus - Also known as Wraithstorm, Necronimbus, The Great Blackness

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Nyoria By: valadaar ( Society/ Organizations ) Ethnic/Cultural - Country/ State

A powerful, maritime people, brought down by the foulest Necromancy.

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World of Neyathis By: valadaar ( Locations ) World - Other

The Big Picture of the World of Nyathis, for the time being…

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March 29, 2010, 19:20
consider these stolen for AuR, but in whip form.
May 31, 2011, 19:35
Update: I think this can stand as a sub. Out Wit Ye!
Voted Dossta
December 22, 2011, 16:57

Ouch.  I like the imagery of the item itself, but the power itself is a bit "meh".  It's basically an instant-death rod, with the added side effect of being unable to resurrect the person afterwards without great difficulty.  Though I will say that the soul-shard undead could make for a fairly interesting lot, if played correctly.

Just an idea, but if I were to use these I would make the wand tear the soul from the mortal and manifest it as a sort of physical object -- perhaps a crystal or a glass globe.  The attacker could then do with the soul what he wishes.  He could shatter it into a hundred pieces and scatter them to the four corners of the world (good backstory for a campaign), or he could simply be a sicko who collects souls and keeps them in a room somewhere.  Maybe he fancies himself to be a sort of god -- perhaps he even has a cult following whose souls he "harvests".




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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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