Full item description
The rod of age switching is about two feet long and weighs about four ponds. Its head is carved to appear as an hourglass and intricate numerical designs run up and down the shaft. At the other end a strip of hide is wrapped around the shaft to form a grip.
Grelden, oldest mage-teacher at Pointed Hat wizards’ school, was dying. He was so old that he could barely rise from his bed each day to teach the art of enchanting to his pupils. The only way that he could function in most things was the use of spells (mostly simple ones to do things such as carry his bag or fetch things). He reached the point where he just assumed that he would not wake up the next day.
After three more years he had an idea; if he was to live on, no matter how long, why should he suffer when he could have a young body again. So, he made his salvation, this rod. The next day in class was its first test. He got a volunteer up to stand next to him to demonstrate a ‘test enchantment’ that he had made. Great was the student’s dismay when his body began to age. Years and years passed by in mere seconds. When it was done, Grelden stood, his body renewed. Naturally, the college dean was forced to discharge Gredeln (after privately congratulating him on his fine creation).
For years Grelden lived in small towns and outlying farming villages. The solitude was pleasant and helpful in his studies. After awhile, thirty years or so, Grelden would pull the rod out of its protective case and ask for one of the village’s young men to come and visit him. Then he would quickly move himself far away. Unfortunately, when Grelden enchanted the rod he cut a few corners in the casting of the spell. Instead of making him the exact age in body and mind as the subject of the rod, it only made his body that much younger, his mind merely gained back a few years.
Because of his strong, young body, Grelden’s aged mind was able to cope for much longer than normal, but when he had been living for one hundred and twenty-four years, it failed. He was found by his neighbors the next morning, on the floor, dead. After a quiet funeral, Grelden’s possessions were auctioned off, including the rod. It was bought by a farmer who now has it beside his fireplace as an ornate poker.
Magic and Cursed Properties
When the word ‘Frederick’, the name of Grelden’s favorite goldfish, is spoken while holding the rod, it will switch the speaker’s age with the first living thing in a direct line out from its tip up, to fifty feet away. The user will change in appearance to suit someone of their age as appropriate to their race. If they age to much (such as if a human uses the rod on a two-hundred year old elf) they will wither away and die. Unfortunately, the user’s mind will only change one fiftieth of the amount the body changes (a sixty year old man turning into a ten year old boy would have a fifty year old mind).