Ktandeo’s Cane [edit | edit source]
Price (Item Level): Major artifact (21st)
Body Slot: — (held) Caster Level: 21st
Aura: Overwhelming; (DC 25) evocation
Activation: — and standard (command)
Weight: 10 lb.
This cane is a wooden rod constructed of an unknown hardwood, with an obsidian ball five inches in diameter affixed to its tip. Ktandeo’s Cane is a 3 foot tall wooden staff. The artifact allows its wielder to cast spells fueling his own energy into the obsidian orb on top. This artifact was the creation of Nok as a gift to Ktandeo, the mentor to the half-elven wizard Sadira. Being a notable wizard by his own right, Ktandeo taught Sadira and many others the art of drawing magic from the land without defiling its essence. Nok created this cane to help Ktandeo in his struggle against the defilers of the land. Ktandeo died while fleeing the Tyrian templars in Under Tyr, but before he passed away he told Sadira of the Heartwood Spear and of his magical cane. The dying human believed that these two artifacts of the halfling race were the only objects that could destroy King Kalak of Tyr.
When Rikus was given the Heartwood Spear by Nok, Sadira received Ktandeo’s Cane as an additional weapon to use in the defense of Tyr and the Forest Ridge. Following the death of King Kalak, Sadira refused to return the artifact named after her late master to Nok. It was because of this that the halfling pursued Sadira across the Tablelands, until their final confrontation at the Canyon of Guthay. It was here that Nok shattered the obsidian ball atop the cane with another obsidian orb of his own, before falling to the damage of the destruction. Ktandeo’s Cane is a powerful weapon that allows non–wizards to cast arcane magic. Ktandeo was a member of the Veiled Alliance, and felt that to fight defiling magic; one must have magic of his own, and thus created this artifact. It could also be the focus of a plot to restore the artifact to aid the halfling race against some new threat— to retrieve it from the Canyon of Guthay to restore the shattered orb that directed its power. The cane is a +2 quarterstaff. If grasped firmly, the command word “Nok” spoken followed by the spell’s name, the cane enables the holder to use the following spell–like abilities at will, at caster level 20th.
- Hold monster
- Lesser globe of invulnerability
- Magic circle against evil
- Magic mouth
Like the magic that is drawn from the land to fuel a wizard’s spells, Ktandeo’s Cane draws upon the life-force of its wielder to generate its spell-like abilities. Each time the artifact is used, the wielder ages 1 month per spell level. If any living creature is within 5 feet of the wielder, they instead all age one-quarter of this amount. Should the wielder activate the Cane more than three times a day, the wielder’s life-force is then taxed even further, causing the wielder to age double that amount. The effects of aging on the wielder manifest as graying hair, age spots, and other signs of age.
Nothing can restore this aging, not even a miracle, wish or reality revision effect. Creatures immune to aging effects cannot cast spells using the artifact. Ktandeo’s Cane can be destroyed if struck with an item crafted from the Last Tree, crushed under the foot of an epic defiler, or be broken in two by an elderly halfling.