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December 7, 2005, 3:59 pm

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The Rod of Arcane Power


The Rod of Arcane Power is saught after by wizards everywhere as a source of limitless power. The Rod of Arcane Might is an item that complements Siren no Orakio’s Item submission “Shards of the Storm”. This is a quest submission.

Full Item Description
This Rod is really a large pole twenty feet high. It is made from metal, and has a blue grayish tint to it. At the base, it has what appears to be eight long metal pincers that resemble the legs of a spider, which are unfolded and stuck into the ground.

Also at the base, there is a large metal ring about a foot thick that goes around the base of the pole (it is literally welded to the pole). The ring is ornately designed with forks of lightning that cover it, as well as a pair of handles that is actually part of the ring itself.

This set of handles is made from metal, consisting of curved cylindrical bars with finger impressions on them, obviously for holding. There is only one pair of such handles.

Also, underneath the ring, there are very strong metal anchors where straps can be attached. These anchors go all around the base.

All considered, the entire thing is rather heavy, weighing a solid four hundred pounds in all.

Magic Properties
This rod was made using one of the larger Shards of Storms. It always has a fierce storm nearby. Strong winds, pouring rain, and powerful, frequent blasts of lightning always surround the pole’s location.

When the pole is raised, and firmly attached to the ground via the unfoldable metal stakes attached to the base, all lightning anywhere near the area always strikes the pole. Powerful blasts of lightning should strike the pole roughly every three seconds (more so if a natural storm also happens to exist in the area).

The Ring at the bottom of the pole serves three purposes.

For starters, it draws the storm to it, and the lightning to the pole. More importantly, however, it converts electricity that strikes the pole, into magical energy, and then acts as a Power Well, storing this energy inside itself until it can be drawn out by a wizard or mage.

The entire process would be impossible without the Shard of Storms enhancing it. For starters, the conversion rate is greatly increased by the Shard of Storms. More importantly, conventional methods of causing this effect are impossible because the magic required to summon the storms that fuel the lightning is normally much greater than the energy received by the lightning itself.

In order to use the magic held in the Power Well, a wizard needs only to grab the metal handles and take as much as he wants. This is converted into temporary mana that must be used within the next eight hours or else it will cause mana burn and cause an equivalent amount of electrical energy to electrify the Spellcaster as well.

The Power Well is not without limit. It can hold about a full week’s worth of lightning strikes in magical energy, although this could be transferred into other magic wells as well. Once it has absorbed the maximum amount of energy, additional lightning strikes will cause smaller bolts of lightning to emit from the ring within a thirty foot radius, roughly similar to the effect caused by a powerful chain lightning spell (every three seconds). Anybody without The Breast Plate of Storms (I have not actually submitted this item) or a similar form of electricity protection had better stay clear.

Transporting the item is also very difficult. First it has to be taken down. This alone is very hard, specifically since the ground around it has assuredly been turned into rain soaked mud. Then, transporting it requires a wagon, which has to navigate with powerful winds, heavy rain, poor traction, and of course, the chance of being struck by lightning. Even more aggravation is added by the rarity of horses who won’t get spooked by lightning.

Then comes the problem of location. The location needs to be someplace that already has a major stream nearby. Without proper drainage, the place will flood over, and those lightning strikes will start hitting you no matter where you stand (via the large pool of water that you are standing in).

On the whole, it is all a very risky business, but well worth it.

Suggestions and Ideas

Right now I cannot think up a suitable History for this item. Any ideas would be appreciated.


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Voted Scrasamax
December 6, 2005, 16:51
A canny wizard might take up the notion to put the Rod of Arcane power inside a brass screen, a Farraday cage (not 100% on the details there, saw it on Mythbusters) to insulate the rod from lightning strikes. Otherwise a very interesting item.
December 8, 2005, 11:08
Why would he want to?
Barbarian Horde
February 19, 2006, 22:08
As a civil engineer, I know that the greatest gift to all mankind would be a cheap source of fresh water. Therefore, I believe Nobody's Rod of Arcane power is of unlimited value. Here is my suggested backstory:

Near the Madlands, where no one lived (for long) the nomadic Koolono people passed by. They were outcasts, derided by other kingdoms, and never allowed to settle. The deserts were home to them, but desert life was hard. They longed for a land of their own.

Their leader, Nolostos, saw the storms in the forbidden area, and wondered. His wise woman, the crone Kratela, pointed her bony finger toward the storm-ripped land and said, "Water." It flowed from the nearest hill, frothing and churning down from the heights, gouging out a riverbed and streaming into a crack rent in the earth, lost to use.

Kratela told Nolostos late one night, when he had pleased her, how to give his people their wish and establish himself as Forever Great. When they returned to this area next year he was prepared.

In their nomadic travels, he had taken his people to the secretive People of the Mines and in the usual trading, had the Miners craft a heavy pole. Kratela had told him what it must look like -- from a vision she had received from a storm goddess, she claimed. It was easy enough to construct from common metals, but the Koolono people were dismayed at the cost, not to mention the weight. Still, no one would contest Nolostos' right to lead -- especially with Kratela's blessing.

They transported the object back to the stormy area, around the crack that swallowed the river, and thirty of the tribe's strongest men pulled the 400-lb object up the rain-soaked hill on a sledge with long ropes, near to where the storm was strongest. Kratela chanted a long invocation she received from her dream... and the storm paused momentarily. A shard of glowing metal was seen then on the rocks on the hilltop.

At the crone's command, Nolostos scooped up the piece of metal with a clay pot, and quickly carried it to the pole, dropping it into the hollow space in the base. The quelling spell wore off in a few moments, and everyone ran for cover as lightning slammed into the hole in the pole with such force that the metal flowed and arc-welded the opening shut, trapping the shard within. From then on, the effects were more regular and subdued, although still quite dangerous.

When they got over their fear, the men dragged the pole with the long ropes back down the hill, and over the next few weeks, away from that area to an uninhabited desert valley. With the pole set up on higher ground a safe distance away from camp, rainwater always flowed downhill to them. Kratela commanded that a temple be constructed around it, although because of the unconfortable working conditions the pole created, the temple never amounted to much more than a heavy rock wall from which water gushed outwards.

Nolostos became a leader of successful farmers, who irrigated their soil with an unending supply of fresh water that washed away the salts usually found in many desert lands. They were not subject to raiders, for there were few enemies who would attack a people who had powerful storm magic.

Not surprisingly, Kratela was killed by her too-often visits to the pole to soak up the mystical energies that called to her. Still, other women in the tribe had enough of her gift (and more good sense) to use the pole more discretely and provide the magical protection a tribe needs without getting themselves electrocuted too rapidly. With food and security in abundance, the Koolono people thrived for generations.
Voted Cheka Man
April 3, 2006, 10:27
Useful and not too powerful.
Voted valadaar
June 11, 2015, 11:58
Not too powerful?!?
One bolt contains immense energy - wikipedia says about 5 Billion joules, or the equivalent of 146 liters of gasoline- and that seems low to me.

Now, the rod stores up a week of such strikes? At 1 bolt every 3 seconds....

clicky clicky clicky.

1000 Tejajoules.

Or, the same amount of energy in a 250kt nuclear warhead.

I can't imagine the amount of manna this amount of real energy would convert to.

A very powerful item.

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