Wand/Staff/ Arcane
8 Votes


Hits: 6209
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Rating: 2.875
Condition: Normal
ID: 497


August 21, 2007, 3:59 am

Vote Hall of Honour

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


The Staff of Random Magic


The staff is beautiful to look at, made of pure ebony wood with a large diamond set at the top and rusted iron buttons along it’s side. It gives off an aura of very powerful magic.The ebony is scarred by a hit from a sword of some kind.

The Staff of Random Magic was not allways like this. It was one of the many items made by the powerful sorceror, Reingold of Colomansland. The sorceror ordered a staff to be made of the finest ebony wood in the entire kingdom. A large diamond was set at the top of it to channel the magic and twenty iron buttons were set along the length of the staff.

Reingold worked on the staff for ten long years, and put no less then twenty magical spells into it, taking six months at a time to make sure that each spell was as good as it could be. He placed spells of fighting, healing and disguise into it,along with others that might be useful. No sooner was it made ready for use then he had to use it in the Battle of Silverrock Pass when those who hated or envied Colomansland gathered their forces to destroy the little kingdom.

During the battle somebody managed to get close enough to chop once at the staff with his sword before himself being cut down.After the battle was over and King Coloman’s forces had won, Reingold was ordered to heal the wounded. He pressed the button to trigger the healing spell and a bolt of lightning killed the man he was trying to heal. Subsequent investigation showed that no button did what it was supposed to do because the sword cut had disrupted the magical flow.

The King ordered him to destroy the now untrustworthy Staff but Reingold could not bear to cut up the staff that he had put a decade of his life into making. So he threw the staff into the fast-flowing waters of the River Nine to go where it would.The buttons rusted, but they still worked when somebody found the staff, only now nobody knows what spell would come out of the staff whenever it was used…

Magical Properties:

Whenever the staff is used, roll a d20 and the number that is rolled is the spell that is cast.

1-A lightning bolt comes out, made of blue lightning that does two d6 worth of damage on whoever it is aimed at, including PC’s.
2-A healing spell heals two d6 worth of damage-if this hits an attacker by mistake it heals him/her/it
3-A cloud of the nearest biting/stinging insects, be they Bitemees,Love Bees, wasps, or anything else,appears.If in a fight they attack whoever is attacking the PC’s, otherwise they attack the PC’s
4-This spell drains the magic of either an attacker who knows magic, or failing that a PC..
5-The person that the spell hits is unable to scratch any itches or wipe any kisses away.This can be dangerous if the person is attacked by leeches, otherwise it is just annoying.It lasts for a day of gaming time.
6-The person that the spell hits, which might be a PC, finds that every third word that he/she says is a swear word.Mages cannot cast any complex spells.It lasts for two hours of gaming time.
7-This spell makes the PC’s able to see Fae creatures for an hour of gaming time
8-This spell destroys one Lesser Undead, which is fine in combat, but not so good if the said lesser undead is working at a peaceful job.
9-This spell creates a spring of water-fine in a desert, not so good if you’re in a boat
10-This spell gives a PC super strength to preform 1 action, if cast on an attacker by mistake, it doubles the strength of the attacker’s next blow
11-This spell picks a lock-if there is no lock it opens a PC’ belt buckle instead
12-This spell creates an illiousion that lasts for a minite only
13-This spell alerts the PC’s to evil-a waste of time in combat, but good when trying to find out who’s side an NPC is on.
14-This spell creates a fireball that causes 1 d10 of damage-if there are no attackers the fireball hits a PC instead.
15-This spell changes the sex, although not the race or the stats, of the person holding the staff for one day in gaming time.
16-This spell causes a magical ball of light to appear, to light up dark places
17-This spell resserects the freshly dead-however, the newly raised person is very weak indeed.
18-This spell turns a weapon to rust, if there are no attackers then it rusts the weapon of a PC. Magical weapons are uneffected.
19-This spell makes a person tell the truth for one hour of gaming time.
20-This spell repels attacking animals and insects but not humans,orcs ect or undead.

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 ( 10 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

June 25, 2004, 17:34
It's allright. Not an incredibly original concept, but I'll give you a point for the well-fleshed backstory.
One thing, though. You said the buttons were made of copper? Copper doesn't rust.

June 26, 2004, 2:34
Iron. It reads iron. Well - I am not at all intrigued by this item. Just another Wand of Wonder. One plus point because it was not INTENDED to be random, but still. If you KNEW which spell you got when you pushed a button, just could not decide before caating, then it would be a nice and useful item - you could target the lightning bolt, but would HAVE to cast it. If you got a healing spell, you might choose the one to heal - of little use when nobody is wounded...
Why cannot cast a mage a spell when he is swearing? Example "Bloody Ignishphaero Frikkin' Fireball you dorks!" It actually could burn HOTTER.
As it is written, nobody will ever use it. 3/5
June 26, 2004, 14:15
When I read the item, they were copper buttons. It has been edited. Which is a good thing, of course!
June 26, 2004, 20:00
This is another take on the Wand of Wonder, as mentioned but with the nice backstory, I would use this rather than the regular wand. Sometimes a new take yeilds new ideas, like The Deck of Fate, but this one is the same as any other.

3/5 - good work, could be better.
Barbarian Horde
March 24, 2008, 16:35
Hello I have a few questions regarding a friend who is so in love with a man and he ignores her. What can she do?
This is what I found out:
Got more info regarding Katie, apparently during the marriage of the guy and his former wife, the wife would put buttons and small pieces of paper in his pants pockets. Told him it was for luck. After their divorce, which he asked for, about 10 months later, he met Katie. At first it started out normal, he said "I love you", even though he was hesitant at first to be with another Virgo (his wife as a Virgo). One day he and Katie were walking on the street and bumped into a friend of the ex-wife's mother, she said hello, but the woman later asked him who Katie was and he told her not to get involved. Shortly thereafter, he broke up with Katie, but later they got back together. This time there was no I love you from him, just I like you, I adore you, but no I love you. Then they broke up again and ever since my friend can't get over him and cries herself to sleep, doesn't meet other men and calls him and writes letters and he doesn't return phone calls or hangs up on her.
Could it be a spell on Katie or on both?
Could the buttons and paper in pants pockets have been a spell?
Is there anything Katie can do to lift the spell?
Can she do something to get her guy back?
Please help.
Someone ...
I just don't know what to tell her anymore.
March 24, 2008, 16:55
This is perhaps more random than the item.
March 25, 2008, 2:06
It's awesome when people just randomly follow links and start typing without taking the time to figure out what the site is.
Voted MoonHunter
March 24, 2008, 16:58
My two cents is that I am not that impressed by it. Honestly.
Voted Kassil
March 25, 2008, 2:11
I like the idea about the damage to the staff disrupting the magic in it, but the 'push-button sorcery' bugs me a fair bit. I think, with the arbitrary and varied nature of the spells, it might be a 'closest possible target' situation. Zot, and suddenly a zombie miner who was hauling an ore cart some five leagues away falls apart.
Voted valadaar
January 8, 2014, 11:53
Only voted


Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

       By: Michael Jotne Slayer

In the harbour of a major city a large and terrifying ship made of human nails docks. Nobody seems to inhabit this ominous vessel, someone needs to go on board and unveil the mystery. In comes the PCs.

Encounter  ( Water ) | February 15, 2011 | View | UpVote 6xp

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.