Wand/Staff/ Arcane
6 Votes


Hits: 891
Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.1667
Condition: Normal
ID: 6171


October 12, 2010, 1:45 pm

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status


Rod of the Grand Vizier

"Healing? No, I'm fine; really. I'll heal up the next time we rest; not now. Thanks."


Centuries ago, the theocracy of Er-shadan was one of the most prosperous in the western region.  The influence of the ruling cleric was great; so great that His Holiness Sirophan realized that, where he to continue to effectively administrate such a large kingdom, he would need assistance.  After much prayer and consultation the cleric installed the mage Bar-Lognan as his Grand Vizier.  As a symbol of both his power and position, a special rod was crafted for the new Grand Vizier.  However, Sirophan realized that great power can corrupt; and hence built a “failsafe” in the rod; a way that, if Bar-Lognan were to ever attempt to overstep his bounds, the cleric could control or at least stop him.  (see below)

In actuality, Bar-Lognan turned out to be a wise choice; an earnest and devout follower, he eventually succeeded the cleric as the ruler.  Sadly, Bar-Lognan’s rule was cut short by the sudden onset of a horrid wasting disease that caused the mage to suffer greatly before he expired.  The sudden loss of a revered leader left a vacuum of power; into which numerous warlords and would-be leaders stepped.  Er-shadan quickly moved from a peaceful theocracy to a bloody, war-torn empire.  During this time, the Rod of the Grand Vizier passed through many hands; its powers a great asset to any contender to rule, but the “failsafe” often being its possessor’s downfall.  Eventually, the rod was lost; perished during a battle at sea where it is believed to be resting, along with its vessel, in a deep oceanic chasm.


This appears as an ornately carved ironwood rod.  An assortment of gems and precious stones decorate the entire length.  When the rod is active, the gems glow.  One end of the rod has a large, gold sphere, while the other end has a small silver  sphere.  Coveted by wizards, when this rod is held it magnifies the effects of almost any spell cast; making it more potent and far-reaching.  The rod also affects the wielder's influence over others; allowing them to charm or even control weaker-willed individuals.


Being a priest, Sirophan wanted an easy way to ensure that he could keep Bar-Lognan in check, if necessary.  The "failsafe" of the rod is that when the wielder is affected by a spell of divine nature (healing, restoring, curative), the rod appears to deactivate for the next ten minutes or so. In addition, the rod actually becomes a drain on the wielder's arcane power during the time it is deactivated; acting as a damper of sorts.  Simply stowing the rod away is insufficient to negate the damping effect.  The wielder actually needs to be at least 10 feet away from the rod in order to avoid suffering the damping effects.   Essentially, divine magic reverses the function of the rod for a period of time.  Instead of augmenting, it becomes a damper of arcane energies. If the Grand Vizier ever attempted to overstep his authority, targeting him with a simple healing spell would not only neutralize the rod, but damper the wizard's arcane abilities.

Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Join Now!!

Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 8 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

October 11, 2010, 14:43

One of several more interesting items from our finished campaign.

Voted Cheka Man
October 11, 2010, 15:57

I thought I voted on this earlier, but I might be wrong.

Voted Strolen
October 12, 2010, 11:48

A good solid item with a good back story and reason for being.

What is the failsafe that is mentioned? And is it actually dampening the effects, sucking some of the spell being cast on the wielder or is it simply draining the wielder? Those two things were a little unclear to me. 

October 12, 2010, 13:46
Thanks for the input; clarified some areas.
Voted axlerowes
October 13, 2010, 11:33

For a holy item crafted by the members of a theocracy the moral compass of the gods and the relationship of the divine to the item rarely comes into this story.  I dislike the focus on "spells" when discussing divine intervention, but I get the idea behind the item,

"it improves the wizard who wields it but makes the wizard vulnerable to the divine powers of the gods. "  For an item that puts game mechanics first and foremost, it is just okay, not worthy of "fabled place in history"

Voted Nafar
October 15, 2010, 12:20

Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
October 15, 2010, 20:52

What Strolen said:) Solid submission!

Voted valadaar
May 13, 2012, 19:16
Not a bad item, though the failsafe would reveal itself quickly i expect.

Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

Ringworld-based game , anyone

       By: Kawaresksenjajok

hey im new to this site but was here years ago w/ another name. anyways dont remember so im newbie by default.
Firstly, I am a sci-fi reader and I hope to meet success with my writing.
My favorite series of books are Larry Nivens RINGWORLD tetralogy (Ringworld, RingWorld Engineers, The RingWorld Throne, and RingWorlds Children)
For those that havnt read the ring world is the greatest artificial structere ever discovered.
A ring, its circumference equal to earths orbit, it is built around a sol-like star. Shadow squares halfway betwwn the ring and the sun provide 15 hours of night in a thirty hour day. 70 days equals one falan (one full rotation of ring world. The inner surface-the one exposed to the sun, is terraformed and is one millionkmwide cntrifugal force provides gravity, and rim walls 1000km high keep the atmosphere in. Population of RNH(ringworld native hominids)
estimated in the trillions.
The origins of who built it and why are too sticky to get into. But the ringworld , millions of years ago, was populated bt A race called Pak Protectors. Protectors are ancestors of all homo sapiens. they populated ringworld with homo erectus, but left no predators in the ecology. hence, hominids evolved into every ecological niche. (Vampires, Carrion Eaters, Giant Herbivores, Small Carnivores, some built great technologies and went interstellar. Oh, and ringworld is 300 million times the surface area of earth. post if youre interested, Ill elabortae on native species and alien vistors

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | July 23, 2007 | View | UpVote 1xp

Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.