Tuesday Magic Item – Testing Wand

11 August, 2015

Something like thisVoddick frowned as the wooded top at the end of the wand fell off when he picked it up.  “Did I break it?”

Gollaon caught the top before it hit the ground.  “Not at all.  The magic that holds the two together as worn off.”

“But I just saw the scullery maid playing with it and it was working.”

“Indeed?  She may have a bright future ahead then.”

Testing Wand

These mass-produced items are not uncommon in places where magic schools or guilds operate, they are simply enchanted wooden wands with an attuned toy (usually a ball or top) that the wand can make spin or roll.

The magic on them only lasts about a week after they are first used, but for those with magical talent, they can keep the magic activated though focus and repetition, thus they can be used to find people who have magical talent and may be worth teaching or recruiting.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 1st
Slot none; Price 18; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wand or Craft Wondrous Items, mage hand or prestidigitation; Cost 9

Notes: Partly inspired by Timothy Brannan’s post on magic schools and party on a half-remembered sequence from Randall Garrett’s Lord Darcy series (available here, there are a good read).

Photo by Brandon and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


  1. Makes sense that something like this would exist.

    • I thought so too. The basic framework is stolen from Garrett’s Lord Darcy world as close as I can remember having been a decade since I last read them.

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