Ankh-Staff of Absorption +5


Exotic Two-Handed Melee
Damage: 1d6+5/1d4+5 Critical: x2 6 lbs.

This ankh-staff is covered in tiny knobs, bumps and lumps that are not immediately obvious until one runs a hand over its length. A magic-user who makes an Intelligence check (DC 15) upon touching the ankh-staff discerns that it can be used as a spellbook; spells are encoded in the bumps on the shaft (like Braille). What’s more, the rod can change, upon mental command, to code a new spell or reveal the codes for a stored spell. There is no limit to the number of spells that one can store in this staff, and storing them carries no cost. Users each code their own spells – one cannot use spells already coded in the rod. Placing a spell into the staff requires the same amount of time as scribing a spell into a spellbook.

The ankh-staff acts as a magnet, drawing spells or spell-like abilities into itself. The magic absorbed must be a single-target spell or ray directed at either the character possessing the ankh-staff or his gear. The ankh-staff then nullifies the spell’s effect and stores its potential until the wielder releases this energy in the form of spells of his own. He can instantly detect a spell’s level as the ankh-staff absorbs that energy. Absorption requires no action on the part of the user if the ankh-staff is in hand at the time.

A running total of absorbed (and used) spell levels should be kept. For example, an ankh-staff that absorbs a 6th-level spell and a 3rd-level spell has a total of nine absorbed spell levels. The wielder of the ankh-staff can use captured spell energy to cast any spell he has prepared, without expending the preparation itself. The only restrictions are that the levels of spell energy stored in the ankh-staff must be equal to or greater than the level of the spell the wielder wants to cast, that any material components required for the spell be present, and that the ankh-staff be in hand when casting. Continuing the example above, the staff wielder could use one 9th-level spell, or one 5th-level and one 4th-level spell, or nine 1st-level spells and so on. For casters who do not prepare spells, the staff’s energy can be used to cast any spell of the appropriate level or levels they know.

An ankh-staff of absorption can absorb a maximum of fifty spell levels and can thereafter only discharge any remaining potential it might have. The ankh-staff cannot be recharged. The wielder knows the ankh-staff’s remaining potential and how much more can be absorbed.


The Sand King was never without his Royal Ankh-Staff.

Ankh-Staff of Absorption +5

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