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A wand is a thin, straight, hand-held stick or rod used by beings who possess magical abilities to channel and focus their magic and achieve more accurate and potent results.[1] They also make casting spells and directing them towards specific targets more easy.

Wands are most commonly made out of wood, but they can also be fashioned in other materials as well. They are most commonly held in one hand. A wand has as its core a magical substance, usually an element from a magical creature, like a phoenix feather, dragon scale or other. The most notable users of wands are witches and wizards and is the Wizardry's standard medium or tool for performing magic, as well as their most common weapon.

History

Before wands were invented, staffs was the standard tool used by Wizardry to channel their magic and cast spells. However, with the advent of wands staffs were phased out, and is still decreasing in popularity, being deemed too old-fashioned and impractical to the smaller, more compact medium that wands are. Today, people who use or prefer staffs are often history fanatics.[1]

Nature of wands

Sentience

Wands are semi-sentient. When a wizard or witch is attracted to a wand, this is the wand actually calling out to them, and such it is the wand that chooses the wizard or witch rather than the other way around. It is best for the wizard or witch to buy this wand over any other, as it will bond better with them and allow them to perform better magic with it. As such, wands cannot be given away to new owners easily, as they may then become unruly, complicated and disobedient on purpose. However, on the other hand the wand might be more pleased with its new owner and be the best wand the new owner has ever owned.[2]

Just like with staffs,[2] the best staff for a wizard is the one he makes himself, as the two will bond better this way,[1] and the wand will be more obedient to the wizard.

Wand woods

Among the woods used for wands are:

Wood Genus; binomial name Description
Ebony from the black maple tree Acer nigrum Description of the wand wood's properties, as pertaining to wands...

Magical component

Wands contain one specific core, a magical substance, usually a part from a magical creature but not always. Among these components are:

Core Notes
Unicorn hair Description of the substance as pertaining to wands.
Phoenix feather Description of the substance as pertaining to wands.
Fairy dust Description of the substance as pertaining to wands.
Essences of black Pegasus Description of the substance as pertaining to wands.

Wands as weapons

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Areces, J.A.. Interview for a Wizard. Areces Miami, Florida. February 22, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Areces, J.A.. The Sorcerer's Secret. Areces Miami, Florida. March 1, 2021.