One-dimensional, unremarkable treasure is boring. Adding interesting descriptions to treasure adds depth, detail and verisimilitude to the GM’s campaign.
Of course, a GM doesn’t have time to slavishly detail every piece of treasure in his campaign. That’s where the list below comes in handy.
The GM can use these descriptions to bring to life the wand wrenched from the corpse of a defeated foe, as a wizard PC’s bonded item or as a gift from a grateful patron or master. However they are used, the descriptions below are inherently more interesting that, “It’s a wand.”
Use the table below, to determine the wand’s appearance or pick a description from the list that best suits the wand’s powers. For example, a wand of fireball is a particularly good match for #1.
- This two-foot long length of scorched oak is burnt almost to charcoal at its tip. It yet feels warm to the touch.
- Of plain, unadorned iron this short but heavy wand has a large violet crystal set at its tip. Strange shadows move sluggishly within the crystal.
- Intricate carvings of geometric shapes and esoteric glyphs decorate this long, slender wand of willow. Picked out with pigments of many hues the glyphs and shapes stand in stark relief to the plain white wood.
- Holes of various sizes pierce this oaken wand. (The wand weighs only half as much as normal). Several red strings and a single length of faded yellow twine are woven through the holes.
- Although it appears to be rotten almost to the point of collapse this wand is as tough as iron. The faint smell of mould hangs in the surrounding air. When the wand’s powers are called forth, the wand’s already dark hue deepens noticeably and small pieces of wood flake away.
- Made of cast iron, this long wand has been polished to a high sheen. Tapered to a wicked point at one end, it could easily be used as a weapon in extremis.
- This iron wand comprises four strands of metal braided together in a style reminiscent to rope. At one end, the four strands come together to create a basket of sorts, which contains a lump of mottled grey granite.
- Carved from the leg bone of some undoubtably vicious (and certainly large) beast this wand is obviously old. Yellowed by age and use, the bone is brittle.
- Wrapped with strips of multi-coloured silk this wand is of obvious exotic artifice. Crafted from some sort of tremendously light wood it is easy to wield.
- Crafted from a magically preserved icicle about the length of a man’s forearm, this wand does not melt no matter how hot the surroundings become. Cold radiates from the wand and it shimmers and gleams in the light.
- All That Glimmers: Packed with loads of unique treasures ready for your campaign, All That Glimmers is an essential part of a GM’s tool kit!
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