Vulcan's Walking Stick

"I was out on that lake for a good eight hours trying to dreg up that seaweed, and boy did I get burned."
As Corran spoke, his walking stick started to glow, suddenly erupting flames over his left foot.

Ted

Full Item Description
The Walking Stick of Vulcan is made of wood, probably oak. The stick is about the size of a decent cane. The top of the walking stick is a very gnarled not of wood, in a warped spiral-like design. The shaft is gnarled, becoming a point at the end. Engraved into the shaft are the words "Let the forging of two things become the creation of one."

History
Vulcan, be he god or simple man, was always known as a master of the forge, a man who could make armor and weapons that threatened existence itself.

After years at the forge, an unfortunate accident left Vulcan with the pressing need for a cane or walking stick. Not willing to expend an entire day's work on allowing him mobility, Vulcan found a near-by tree, ripped a branch off, and cut it into a suitable length. After he was satisfied, he continued his work- creating ever more masterpieces of metal and death. Vulcan engraves his motto into the stick, to mark it as his own.

Eventually, Vulcan died or made a more permanent cane. Either way, it passed hands multiple times, until coming into the grasp of Corran the Craftsman. Having a talent with magical items, Corran felt the staff would be useful. Corran eventually learned of its power to shoot flames when he was explaining the cause of a nasty sunburn to a friend, seriously scorching his foot.

Magic/Cursed Properties
Due to being in Vulcan's possession for an extended period of time, the walking stick began to take on magical qualities.

The Walking Stick can shoot a gout of flame out from the bottom end, to a length of about five feet. (Burn being the command word, if needed at all).
Fires started by the Walking Stick are unique, changing materials burned or forged within. It's believed this is how light-weight but extremely strong metals were utilized by Vulcan, because he could blend the properties of two different metals together. This can be an obvious bane or boon to creating swords and other weapons.
The Walking Stick is Fire-Proof.

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Good one! I always liked magic items that can make other things, or that potential for creativety. I imagine that with some study of this fire's magic a person could make all sorts of things, I would say it only combines similar materials thought. So, for example, you couldn't mix the properties of a metal and a cloth.

Any thoughts on what could happen when cooking with this flame? This could make for a crazy chef's utensil if it allowed for mixing food textures anf flavors. Or forging small, compact, yet highly tasty and nutritious rations.

Solid idea, with some nice flavor. Very few problems (one that confused me for a moment was the use of the word "not" instead of "knot" when you said "The top of the walking stick is a very gnarled not of wood" I was thinking the top was suppose to be something other than wood) But I really love the accidental discovery of the powers, and enjoy this Corran fellow. More on him would be nice.

*Thumbs up*

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I'm a sucker for accidental magic, and this seems to be in that vein. I like this, and I have to admit I'm intrigued by the possible results from the use of this thing. Good one!

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Much better then a renamed wand of fire. Nicely done!

You should link this back to your cloak. Just put the sub number in square brackets, followed by a | and then a label, like this.

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It is a nice piece. It has some great details. I could use a little more explanation, but it holds its own as is.

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I like the line, "Vulcan, be he god or simple man..." Makes this a nice generic item.

Also, what val said.

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A magical item for a Craftsman. I like this a lot. And its history is compact but complete.

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This is a great idea. Is there a codex or whatever for magic items which provide noncombat ability?

It is too bad this guy quit posting....who chased him off?

You know who I am looking at here.