Full Item Description
Grith's Staves are generally uniform in appearace, six foot long and shaped from white oak. The ends of the each staff are capped in brass to protect the wood from splitting and fraying. One foot from each end is a second band of brass, each adorned with Grith's personal symbol, a mailed fist etched with a holy symbol.
Like many people of the scholarly profession, Grith was not a physically strong or imposing person, and as such had an acute sense of being threatened and menaced. In a world full of ogres, trolls, bugbears, barbarians and mercenaries perhaps this feeling was somewhat justified. Unlike many others who take the magical arts to learn to hurl fireballs or bend the wills of others to their own, Grith just wanted to feel safe while he went about his business. He had no real interest delving into caves, hunting fabulous monsters or duping fiends and such. He just wanted to continue his writing and studies.
After taking a correspondence course in enchantment from Cinque-Parte Polygnostic Grith decided to make a variation of a Staff of Summoning. Rather than summon a number of servants or horrific looking but harmless beasties, he settled on a staff that instead summoned only one creature at a time, but this creature was more than a servant. This creature was to be a bodyguard, large intimidating and while certainly not intended to kill, could easily defend the master of the staff.
Grith's first staff summoned an obviously magical creature, a blue skinned man with curling ram's horns, four arms, and a penchant for bellowing loudly. While the creature was certainly apt for intimidation, and could easily stand on it's own against a small number of opponents it was not practical for casual or public use. After some practice and a few staves sold for more funding, Grith completed his enchantment and sculpted the ideal bodygaurd.
The Protector is a large and heavily muscled humanoid. The creature is impossibly wide across the chest and has biceps that would make a barbarian weep with envy. The abdomen and loins of the protector are girded in scale armor while the uppoer torso is bare skin. As a magical creature, this is cosmetic as it has neither vitals to protect and on a material level, the flesh and the armor are composed of roughly the same conjured materia. The Protector is unarmed and proficient at unarmed combat, wrestling, and submission holds. If pressed, it can and will utilize weapons and shields in the process of carrying out it's duty.
Grith's Staff is a masterwork quarterstaff with no magical combat bonuses but can be used as a melee weapon. The staff is actually the Protector's primary weapon when a weapon is required. Breaking the staff destroys the protector, unless the protector is material when the staff is broken. If this occurs, the Protector enters a berzerk rage and uses the maximum amount of force possible rather than subduing foes.
A Protector functions as a highly defensive low level to low middle level fighter class, and is specialized in non-lethal combat, hand to hand combat, and is proficient with all simple martial weapons, such as clubs, axes, staves, and the usage of a shield. The Protector cannot use projectile weapons such as bows, but it can certainly throw things with it's impressive strength. Earlier versions of the Staff will have quirks, highly variable appearances for their summoned bodyguard and powers that vary from staff to staff.
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Useful for those wizards who just want to be left in peace.
Perfect for any mage who needs Goons..
They should hand these out at every Mage Guild, then aspiring "adventuring wizards" wont need to latch on to non-summomned fighter-types :)
Why Goons? Personal protection is a need of everyone, though I suspect the bodyguard would have to be cloaked (or even 'toned down' in stature) if a more secretive protection is required.
Solid execution of a mediocre idea (Hah! :p ), plus the correspondence course in enchantment made me laugh.
What is more innocuous than the quarterstaff? I imagine the Bodyguard not being summoned at all times, but rather only when the staffwielder is threatened.
Note to Val; singular goon. There could be an uber powerful version of the staff that creates multiple protectors, but that would be a more expensive and much rarer variation.
Goons, goon. It just sounded better to say Goons :) Besides, the gaurdian might be one of a collection of other goons obtained through other means.
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Items that summon guardians, as well as ways to enhance your summoned critters, will be in great demand with any wizard who does not wish to be in the front lines of a fight. Many wizards will collect several summons.
That is certainly possible, there is no reason that a magus wouldnt collect or even make mulitple staves of this sort. However usage of the staff is somewhat more limited, A magus can only use one staff at a time, and until that guardian is either returned to it's staff or destroyed he cannot activate another staff. Another limitation is how many staves can a magus carry at one time.
For some more fun options, the servants of the various staves could very well be aware of one another, make the staff sentient and then you have staves that complain of not ever being used, staff envy of the ones that are being used, and staves that complain of being used too much and needing a holiday in the dust closet.