The staff of the magi had a number of abilities that were permanent and a number of others that required charges. It bestowed spell resistance upon its bearer, although the bearer could willingly lower the spell resistance in order to absorb spell energy in order to add more charges. If the staff's charges ever exceeded 50, or if the bearer chose to do so, it broke and exploded in a powerful magical burst. When this happened, the bearer had a 50% chance of either being destroyed by the staff's energy or traveling to another plane of existence.
The staff was created with 50 charges. Each of the following abilities used one charge per use: dispel magic, fireball, ice storm, invisibility, knock, lightning bolt, passwall, pyrotechnics, wall of fire, and web. Each of the following abilities used two charges per use: summon monster IX, plane shift, telekinesis (up to 400 lbs.).
- Anastra Syluné Silverhand: One of the Seven Sisters; died after breaking her staff of the magi to protect the Twisted Tower.
- Hoch Miraz: A wizard from Calimshan, believed to have sunk to his doom off the coast of Gundarlun with a staff of the magi in his possession.
- Larloch: Former Sorcerer-King of Jiksidur.
- Prismal the Outrageous: A wizard in Raven's Bluff.
- Rhangaun: A lich and senior member of the Twisted Rune.
- Ulraunt: Keeper of the Tomes at Candlekeep; reputedly owned a staff with the same powers as a staff of the magi and more.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 280. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
- ↑ Wizards RPG Team (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 203. ISBN 978-0786965622.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 280. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 37. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 161–162. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 178. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.