Genie Wars part I: The Legacy of Fire
Staff of Shishak
A crooked staff, about two cubits in length
+1 serpent bane quarterstaff
The Staff of Shishak looks like a simple wooden crook, weathered from exposure to the elements and fragile with age. Quite to the contrary, the Staff of Shishak has several powers, all of which are directed towards snakes and snake-like creatures.
First, it has the trip special weapon quality.
Second, it grants the wielder a permanent +4 bonus to Fortitude saves against snake venom and +2 bonus against gaze attacks of drakon and medusa. In addition, the staff is considered a +1 serpentbane quarterstaff (drakon and medusa, despite being humanoid, are as vulnerable as normal snakes).
Powers called forth by planting the staff upon the ground and calling out ‘Nahushtan’ include:
• hide from animals, snakes only (1 charge)
• repel vermin, snakes only (1 charge)
• +2 bonus to Fortitude saves to against snake venom for all good-aligned beings within a 30-foot- radius of the staff (2 charges)
• neutralize poison (3 charges)
When discovered, the Staff of Shishak has 25 charges. When the last charge is expended, it vanishes, reappearing somewhere else in the region of Garund formally held by the ancient Osiriani empire, fully charged. As a relic harkening back to the reign of the Greater Gods, the Staff of Shishak cannot be recreated by man.
Strong divine, CL 15th; Weight 5 lbs.
Found in the secret tomb of King Shishak, this was borrowed from his royal remains to continue the fight against those who would do evil, and keep counsel with serpents.