This creature looks like a ancient Wizard’s beard and can be found clinging to a Wizard’s chin. It is anywhere from one to four feet in length and comes in colors from silver to white to gray. It appears to be normal facial hair, except for its unusually long length. This is a special creature, a sort of magical parasite…
Once a Wizard has reached an appropriately old age and is beginning to show the signs of the Wizen Elders (the wrinkled brow, the dulling eyes, the growing madness) he will take a journey to the Jungles of Sagewrath. Hoping to attract a Wizen Clinger. He will not be told by the Elders how to get this creature to attach itself to him. But, what he must do is this: He must wander the massive Jungle for days and use up all of his magic, then, when he is exhausted and near giving up… He will fall fast asleep and "die" in a way. When he awakens he will have a grand full beard and new powers leaps and bounds above his previous ones.
However, this magical boosting parasite comes at a cost. It will sap at his magic, and health. It will not kill him, but it will need to feed. He may become sickly and developing a wracking cough that sometimes shows blood or be too frail to walk without a cane. Also, his magic may be more powerful, but he can use it less often.
There is no known was to kill or remove a Wizen Clinger once it had chosen a host. No one is sure where they came from, if they are intelligent, or any of the whats and whys of these creatures. Studys have been done on Wizards with Wizen Clingers with no real results. The Wizen Clinger appears to be a being of massively powerful magic that can even save its hosts life in extreme circumstances. They resits any and all attempts to be magically altered or tampered with. They are mostly fire-proof. Continued exposure to flame may cause them to singe. If you wish to remove a Wizen Clinger you shouldn’t have tampered with magic in the first place.