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Welcome to The Chosen's journals. Each character is invited to keep a
journal and write down the thoughts of their characters as they wander
through Nyternia. In addition, the DM has a journal which highlights
each session. The players are:
Malif's Journal, session #20
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Today I met Master Arikel at the guildhouse in Idewild. She seemed pleasant enough, busy, as one would expect, but she took enough time to complete the customary introductions and engage in a bit of small talk about wands. Her specialty, it appears. I ought to remember that... we may find an interesting wand in our travels, and she could be very helpful in my crafting attempts.
I spent a bit of time in the library, and I spoke with one of the resident members about Master Arikel. I inquired about her research interests as far as wands were concerned. I may have made the poor fellow a bit nervous... funny how that happens with some people... but he seemed anxious to help me and get on with his business. He was kind enough to show me to the stacks on wands and their creation, and mentioned that Arikel had recently asked for and returned a tome by Rathnusen Qel. I had never heard of the man, but I found the book.
It seems the sage Qel's area of expertise is in Wands of Spell Transmutation. Very esoteric. I don't remember anything about it class back in Pavalar. Luckily, I've progressed enough to make decent sense out of his theories, though I can see it's an area that takes great concentration of effort. The idea is simple enough, though the construction technique is unclear and complicated.
A wand is crafted and tuned to a certain major Line of Art, for example, Elemental Fire, or in the lesser case, the instrument may be tuned to a single spell in the Line such as Fireball. The wand is imbued with spells from the Line, and then transformed with a channeling component, the exact nature of which Qel is quite vague. When the construction is complete, an unusual wand has been created. It has no charges as such. It is really more of a channel of transmutation for the spell energy present in the mind of the mage holding it. As Qel explains, the energetic vibrations of any spell of a given Circle can be channeled by the wand into the manifestation of any spell of the Line equal in Circle, or, if power is allowed to be drained off and wasted, into a lesser Circle's spell.
With such an instrument, I could hold the arcane patterns of Dimension Door or Fear or Polymorph in my mind and decide to channel their potential into a Wall of Fire or even into a Fireball, if I were willing to waste some of the energy. A greater wand of Elemental Fire might hold a Fire spell from every Circle, while a more common wand might be able to transform spells into a Fire spell from the first four or five Circles. A lesser wand might only transform spells into a single spell to which it had been tuned. This last seems the easiest sort to construct. It seems as if the techniques learned in creating single spell wands would lend themselves to combining into the more standard and greater versions of the item.
I suspect that Master Arikel has yet to succeed in creating a Wand of
Spell Transmutation. From her inquires at the library, one would
assume she is still searching for clues, most likely to the channeling
component of which Qel is so unhelpful. She asked for the book, and
quickly returned it, which tells me that she found nothing new in its
passages. The theory is basically understandable at my level of
expertise, which means that clearly she has mastered its
intricacies. The missing element in the manufacture is the channeling
component, and I'm willing to bet she is searching for just that. How
interesting it would be to discover it before she does... what a
wonderful bargaining chip that might be in my rise through the ranks
of the Fabricari! And what an interesting wand such a component might