Manalith (3.5e Equipment)
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Mages are, and always have been, envied for their abilities. Never mind the wearying spells that cut years off your life, never mind the years of training required, people always seems to lust after the power that a few quicksilver-addled men possess. Stories rocket around cities and towns of philosopher's stones, magical baubles that can work amazing miracles on simple, somewhat valueless metals. Less known is the tale of the Manaliths, crystals of the purest mana that can allow the most boorish lump to enjoy the caress of magic's imbrace, even for a few, fleeting moments. A manalith has never been created, and are only rarely found in the purest, most untouched wilds. Millions have been offered in the pursuit of these objects, but only a few, paltry pieces have been returned. Rumors abound, of the elves using these crystals to power their mythals. Never has been this confirmed, but not for lack of trying.
Basics: A manalith is, in essence, magic in stone form. The extent of a manaliths power is dependant on its size, but they all serve as magical amplifiers. It allows non-mages to use magic, and it allows mages to use More magic.
A manalith, after a certain amount of use, crumbles into dust, the magic that kept the crystal latice in place used up.
Small Manaliths: The most 'Common' of the manalith types, these are any stone ranging from one inch wide to five inches. These have the following properties
- Enhancement: +1 level of mage. For magic users, 2 extra spells for lvl.1 spells.
- Value: 50,000gp
Medium Manaliths: These are even rarer, being from fist sized to head sized
- Enhancement: +2-3lvls of Mage(DM's call). For mage characters, apply this when memorizing spells.
- Uses: 40
- Value: 200000gp
Large Manaliths: Almost of unheard of, these manaliths are often used as plot devices. Just know that they are unknowibly powerful.
Value: In excess of 5,000,000
Channeling Manaliths These are only theorized to exist, and only a few demigods have ever seen them. Priceless in value, the appear, according to the gods in question, as simple quartz crystals. These manaliths are unbreakable, and never exaust, because none of their own power is being used. Instead, the manalith draws energy from the user (HP, Fatigue, EXP) to cast spells.
The little things first appeared during the Ambriosia of the Gods series of quests, and we found these strange stone that the Lady (Lu-Don't say her name!) explained were magic ampliers. Over the course of the quest, we found these manaliths, in addition to the normal ones.
- A Manalith that granted Cleric Levels
- A fire based stone
- A manalith that exchanged levels for spells.