Ether Shards

Magic condensed into a crystal form

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Description:

For unknown reasons magic resides in seemingly random points in nature. Sometimes it’s presence is so strong it materialises into a concrete form. The products are called Ether Shards – fragile crystal-like material.

Ether Shards are highly sought after magic users as nobody knows where and when they appear. Smaller shards may take years or decades to form while large ones may take whole centuries. They are used in various magical rituals, alchemy and magic items. They have no fixed market value.

Strange transformations have been often cited in local flora and fauna near Ether Shard deposits. These changes take years to manifest however, and spellcasters rarely suffer any mutations as a result of handling the shards.

Bio:

In game terms Ether Shards are divided into three categories: minor, major and greater. A shard can be used once after it’s disintegrated.

Minor

- May be used when casting a spell. The spell either has double range or it lasts twice as long as normally (caster’s choice)
- Can be used to brew magical potions or scribe scrolls. One shard yields two potions/scroll containing a 1st or 2nd level spell
- Can be used to craft magic items. Five shards yeald one minor item
- Can be used when channeling energy. The character channels two levels higher than he/she is

Major

- May be used when casting a spell. The spell either has 50% larger effect area or all variable, numeric effects are increased 50% (caster’s choice)
- Can be used to brew magical potions or scribe scrolls. One shard yields two potions/scroll containing a 1-4 level spell
- Can be used to craft magic items. Five shards yeald one medium item. Two shards yeald one minor item
- Can be used when channeling energy. The character channels four levels higher than he/she is

Greater

- May be used when casting a spell. The spell can either be cast as a swift action or all variable, numerical effects are doubled (caster’s choice)
- Can be used to brew magical potions or scribe scrolls. One shard yields two potions/scroll containing a 1-6 level spell.
- Can be used to craft magic items. Five shards yeald one major item. Two shards yeald one medium item. One shard yealds one minor item.
- Can be used when channeling energy. The character channels six levels higher than he/she is.

Creation of magic items requires Ether Shards in addition to the other materials (ie monetary cost). This does not concern potions or scrolls.

Ether Shards

The Ferdiad Cycle Aenor