These staffs are usually made of stout hardwood, treated with ambergelt and bound with dragonbone. Often they are decorated at either end, sometimes with grasping claws. They often have the rune Queros worked into them, and may be carved to look as if they are wound with chains. An ethereal manacle allows a magician to wield the power of the entangle incantation to root their opponents in place.
Sometimes called a magician's retreat, a little contemptuously, it cannot be denied that rooting an opponent to the spot can give the bearer a good head start. A skilled battle magician, however, is quite capable of rooting an opponent to the spot and then beating them down with the advantage of superior reach - even if the magician starts the fight outnumbered the additional power of this staff can quickly even the odds. Matially-minded runesmiths and curmudgeonly landskeepers are both known to make good use of the short time their opponents cannot move to make them regret trying to gang-up on a magician.
- Form: Weapon. Takes the form of a staff. You must be wielding this implement to use its magical properties.
- Requirement: You must have both the magician and battle mage skills to bond to this item.
- Effect: Three times per day you may cast the entangle spell as if you knew it without spending any mana.
- Materials: Crafting an ethereal manacle requires eleven measures of ambergelt and four measures of dragonbone, and three measures of iridescent gloaming. It takes one month to make one of these items.