This wooden staff is often marked with the shape of spiders, scorpions and other poisonous bugs. It sometimes seems sticky to the touch, and several owners have commented that the staff sometimes seems to be watching them. It is named for the Eternal Arhallogen, who has dominion over many forms of insect and arachnid. Some scholars believe that the knowledge of how to make these magical implements was first derived from that Eternal, and that each one that is made is somehow connected to the King of Spiders. It has been noted by some Urizen stargazers and Dawnishenchanters in particular that the Eternal and it's heralds seem better disposed towards magician-diplomats who are bonded to one of these items.
The Synod used their influence to ban the creation of this item during the reign of Empress Teleri, but the Empress Varkula had that decision reversed, claiming with characteristic practicality that she largely did not care where a magician got his power from as long as he used it in the service of the Empire. Still. creation or possession of one of these staffs may cause concern in the Synod, and result in an individual being called before one of the assemblies (especially the assembly of Vigilance.
- Form: Staff.
- Effect: Twice per day you may cast the venom or paralysis spell without spending any mana.
- Materials: Crafting a caress of arhallogen requires twenty-one measures of beggar's lye, nine measures of ambergelt, nine measures of iridescent gloaming and five ingots of weltsilver. It takes one month to make one of these items.