Staff of Wucad Mu
|This staff can be evoked to restore large amounts of magical energy, but at the risk of damaging the user's mind. Its power depends on the wielder's Evocations skill.|
The staff can be used in combat, functioning as a +9 staff. It can also be evoked to restore a large amount of MP, but successfully doing so comes with an unavoidable chance of causing Divinations miscast effects. These effects are, at best, nothing, and at worst: 3-24 MP drain, temporary 1-5 INT loss, or confusion for 10 turns. Even a "nothing" miscast effect, however, will prevent you from gaining MP.
Success Rate: 4% + (Evocations × 4%) — 100% at 24 Evocations
MP Gained: 3-7MP + (Evocations/3) — 3-7MP at 0 Evocations, 12-16MP at 27 Evocations
Divinations Miscast Effect Rate: 25% after a successful evocation
Cost: 50 food
While the odds of miscast effects occurring are intimidatingly high, not every miscast effect is a severe miscast. The amount of MP you can channel in a single turn is truly impressive when you get your Evocations skill into the double digits. You can avoid confusion by having clarity, and wearing a ring of sustain abilities prevent some of the intelligence damage. Even so, a number of potions of restore abilities will be necessary if this item is to be used consistently. Zin's vitalisation prevents both confusion and int loss, but not the MP loss.
This weapon is primarily useful for its channeling effects, as it fares rather poorly as a bludgeoning tool, despite its high enchantment. It does work better as a melee weapon than most magical staves, however, and it can finish off weakened, lightly armoured opponents. This may allow a hard-pressed mage to save MP for more dangerous threats, or to avoid an unnecessary mid-fight channel.
As tempting as this item might be, magic users may just choose to stick with the Sublimation of Blood and Regeneration spells or staff of energy, which give comparable benefits with fewer liabilities.
Prior to 0.12, the enchantments on this weapon depended on intelligence and were capable of reaching up to +22/+13.
Prior to 0.11, this item appeared as an ephemeral quarterstaff when unidentified.
Prior to 0.8, this staff would occasionally cause miscast effects simply by attacking with it.