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Description

This potent battlefield staff allows a magician to command and constrain the movement of their enemies. Some foes are hurled sprawling backwards, others are bound in place to face the wrath of the magician's allies. The staff is usually quite ornamental, designed to grant the bearer a sense of gravitas and inspire awe in their subordinates. It is a popular choice for martial magicians who rise to the rank of general, at least those who take the field alongside their troops. The sight of an enemy champion flying back into her own men, or a skirmisher brought to a crushing standstill before they can retreat is an effective morale-boosting tool.

All implements are popular among the Urizen, but the suzerain's command is a particularly valuable tool, especially among architects who are also magicians. More than many other staffs, this implement demonstrates the magician's mastery of the physical world, moving enemies around as if they were game pieces. It's ability to control the movement of others makes it fascinating to some philosophically minded vates who meditate upon the different ways that magically effecting someone's ability to move can change their fate in the right circumstances. It also sees a lot of use by martially-minded Freeborn Hakima - an opponent held in place by the suzerain's command is readily dispatched by any supporting warriors.

Needless to say, the staff also sees some use outside the confusion of the melee. Knowing that a magician who can express her displeasure by hurling someone across a room often encourages an extra level of respect and politeness. Some mercurial volhov refer to these staffs as second thoughts, favouring their ability to hold someone in place for a few moments to allow them time to reconsider their course of action.

Rules

  • Form: Staff.
  • Effect: Three times per day you may cast the entangle or repel spell without spending any mana.
  • Materials: Crafting a suzerain's command requires seventeen measures of ambergelt, fifteen ingots of tempest jade and ten measures of iridescent gloaming. It takes one month to make one of these items.
IC text assignedto Liam Spiange