Etherstaves
 
Greetings, everyone! I was working on an eternal wand design for ethermagic and ended up making a staff instead. Given the size and complexity of the thing that's getting spawned presently, I daresay this will be about half the entire Ethermagic portion of the book. Either that or I release it separately as a bonus product for the subscription and push everything back. Wall of text follows.

*I'm still adding staves, and ended up going off the deep end early. I'm going back and adding a goodly selection of basic staves now.*


Etherstaves


An etherstaff, much like a typical staff, is a long haft or pole that stores magical knowledge. Unlike a typical staff, however, etherstaves hold a number of manifestations that generally follow a theme, in addition to occasional secondary abilities that they grant to the wielder. An etherstaff has 10 charges when created, but can be recharged by an ethermage with the appropriate manifestations.


Physical Description: A typical etherstaff measures anywhere from 4 feet to 7 feet long and is 2 inches to 3 inches thick, weighing about 5 pounds. Most etherstaves are made from wood steeped in void energy, but an exotic few are bone, metal, or even glass. An etherstaff often houses a thin ribbon of condensed void energy at its core, or is shod at one or both ends in such a substance. Etherstaves are often decorated with carvings or runes. A typical etherstaff also functions as a walking stick, quarterstaff, or cudgel. It has AC 7, 10 hit points, hardness 5, and a break DC of 24.


Activation and Use of Etherstaves: As etherstaves contain only manifestations, they are only activated as part of casting an etherspell. This etherspell may be from any source, whether it be the core class feature of an ethermagic-using class, a limited-uses-per-day item, or even an ether-themed bloodline. If it’s an etherspell with manifestation slots, an etherstaff may be used in conjunction with it. If the etherspell being cast is compatible with a manifestation contained within the etherstaff, the wielder may expend 1 or more charges as a free action to apply that manifestation to the etherspell at an ether point cost of 0. To activate an etherstaff, a character must hold it forth in at least one hand (or whatever passes for a hand, for nonhumanoid creatures).


Recharging Etherstaves: Etherstaves hold a maximum of 10 charges. Each manifestation added to an etherspell by an etherstaff consumes one or more charges. When an etherstaff runs out of charges, it cannot be used until it is recharged. At any time, an ethermage may spend 1 hour focusing on an etherstaff, imbuing it with a portion of his power, but only so long as one or more of the manifestations stored in the etherstaff is one that the ethermage knows. When imbuing an etherstaff with power, the ethermage reduces his maximum etherpoints by an amount equal to the staff’s listed “recharge cost” in order to add a charge to the etherstaff. This reduction in maximum ether points lasts for 24 hours. So long as his maximum ether points remains greater than 0, an ethermage may add as many charges as he desires, up to a maximum of the number of manifestations contained in the staff that are also on the ethermage’s known manifestations list. (This is why an ethermage who knows none of the manifestations held in an etherstaff cannot recharge it!) An ethermage cannot imbue more than one etherstaff per day.


An etherstaff can hold manifestations of any level, and the minimum caster level of a staff is 8th.


Building an Etherstaff (Advanced Players Only!):


PRICING NOT YET DESIGNED!


Specific Etherstaves


Apprentice Blastmage’s Etherstaff


Aura moderate evocation; CL 8th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 1


DESCRIPTION


The knots of this pine staff glow in the dark due to the influence of the otherworldly core contained within. Apprentice blastmage’s etherstaves are as close to mass-produced as etherstaves will ever get, as their sloppy, lossy construction makes them much more affordable, if less capable of prolonged use, than their peers. This etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • extremes of infinity (2 charges)

  • athermal extremes (3 charges)

  • echoes of the spheres (4 charges)


Special: As a swift action, the wielder can expend 3 charges to gain 1 temporary ether point. This temporary ether point lasts for 1 round.


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, athermal extremes, echoes of the spheres, extremes of infinity; Cost


Etherstaff of Armageddon’s Form


Aura strong evocation; CL 15th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 3


DESCRIPTION


Ethermages are said to be a fairly cocky lot. The multiverse gave them a potent gift, after all. That said, those ethermages who specialize in the blast etherheart tend to be significantly cockier than their peers. The name of this etherstaff, and the way that it bristles with wicked spikes, is a clear case in point. This etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • conical shaping AND shards of creation (1 charge)

  • shards of creation AND wide arc (1 charge)

  • exploding burst (2 charges)

  • imploding burst (2 charges)

  • clockwork model (3 charges)


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, clockwork model, conical shaping, exploding burst, imploding burst, shards of creation, wide arc; Cost


Etherstaff of the Cosmic Roar


Aura strong evocation; CL 11th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 2


DESCRIPTION


Dozens of twisted lengths of metal bound are together at the ends and the center by cylinders of condensed void energy, and the metal within hums with the resonant frequency of the space between universes. This etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • white noise (1 charge)

  • echoes of the spheres (1 charge)

  • whimpering echoes (2 charges)

  • greater white noise (3 charges)


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, echoes of the spheres, greater white noise, whimpering echoes, white nose; Cost


Etherstaff of the Endless Congregation


Aura strong evocation; CL 16th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 2


DESCRIPTION


Carved from a single enormous femur and glowing with the eerie light of the beyond, this gruesome etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • taste of the void (1 charge)

  • crawling chaos (2 charges)

  • scream from beyond (2 charges)

  • gibbering madness (4 charges)


Special: Whenever the wielder spends ether points to activate a gift from beyond, he may expend charges from this staff as though they were ether points.


Special: Whenever the wielder spends metamorphosis points on an aspect of the master, he may expend charges from this staff as though they were metamorphosis points. For the duration of the resulting zombie’s lifespan, the maximum number of charges this staff can contain decreases by an amount equal to the number expended in place of metamorphosis points.


Special: This etherstaff is treated is a legal target for voidmeld etherspells.


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, crawling chaos, gibbering madness, scream from beyond, taste of the void, creator must be a mad evangelist or herald of madness; Cost


Etherstaff of the Modeling Enthusiast


Aura strong evocation; CL 17th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 3


Note: This etherstaff includes a greater manifestation. If you are not playing with greater manifestations, this is an illegal item.


DESCRIPTION


This transparent glass staff houses a multitude of tiny model stars, planets, and other celestial bodies that float in a gently luminescent ethereal fluid. Such an etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • spiny model of the galaxy (1 charge)

  • clockwork model (2 charges)

  • clockwork universe (10 charges) - maximum satellites is halved, rounded up


Special: Whenever the wielder casts the clockwork universe greater manifestation, he may expend up to 3 charges as a free action. For each charge expended in this manner, the resulting clockwork model includes an additional moon. This moon does not count toward the maximum number of satellites allowed in the clockwork model, nor does it count toward the maximum number of moons allowed in the clockwork model.


Special: Whenever an inhabited planet present in an instance of the clockwork universe greater manifestation cast by the wielder would go extinct, the wielder may expend 1 charge as an immediate action. If he does, the inhabited planet does not go extinct.


Special: Whenever you throw the star of a clockwork universe, if you have the Space Recycling feat and you have sufficient satellites remaining to retain your daily use of the clockwork universe greater manifestation, and if you also used the etherstaff of the modeling enthusiast to produce that casting of clockwork universe, then this etherstaff immediately gains 5 charges. This consumes one of your two daily uses of the Space Recycling feat.


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, clockwork model, clockwork universe, spiny model of the galaxy, creator must know the clockwork universe greater manifestation; Cost


Etherstaff of Stellar Enhancement


Aura moderate evocation; CL 8th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 1


DESCRIPTION


Crafted from glass formed about a double helix of condensed ethereal energy, this etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • ethereal fortitude (1 charge)

  • ethereal reflexes (1 charge)

  • ethereal willpower (1 charge)

  • stellar vitality (2 charges)


Special: At the wielder’s discretion, any manifestation contained in this staff may be added to an etherspell without it counting toward the maximum number of manifestations allowed in that etherspell. Use of this ability doubles the number of charges spent to add the manifestation to the etherspell.


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, ethereal fortitude, ethereal reflexes, ethereal willpower, stellar vitality; Cost


Etherstaff of Voidmelding


Aura moderate evocation; CL 8th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 1


DESCRIPTION


This no-nonsense staff is shod with heavy iron caps, and the grip at its center makes it very clear that its purpose is the bashing of skulls. Such an etherstaff allows use of the following manifestations:


  • atomic edge (1 charge)

  • icy blackness of space (1 charge)

  • solar wind (1 charge)

  • icy grip of the outer spheres (3 charges)

  • kiss of the nuclear fireball (3 charges)

  • plasma edge (3 charges)


Special: This etherstaff is treated is a legal target for voidmeld etherspells.


Special: When imbued, this etherstaff can only gain a maximum of 3 charges.


CONTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Staff, atomic edge, icy blackness of space, icy grip of the outer spheres, kiss of the nuclear fireball, plasma edge, solar wind; Cost


Mender’s Etherstaff


Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th

Slot none; Price ; Weight 5 lbs.

Recharge Cost 1


DESCRIPTION


This fine mahogany staffed is capped with what appears to be an oversized amethyst, when in reality that amethyst is a condensed chunk of void energy that is stable enough to be exposed to the elements. Such absolute mastery over the volatile nature of ether is the hallmark of the etherfuser, and such etherstaves allow use of the following manifestations:


  • bestowed ablation (2 charges)

  • bestowed lensing (2 charges)


Special: As a swift action, the wielder can expend 4 charges to gain 1 temporary fusion point. This temporary fusion point lasts for 1 round.


CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS


Craft Staff, bestowed ablation, bestowed lensing, creator must be an etherfuser; Cost

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