The Ugly Stick
At it’s core is a 30″ weighted sheleighleigh +2.
- Damage vs Sm-Med 1d4+2
- Damage vs Lg 1d3+2
- Encumbrance 3
- Cost N/A Unique
- Value 3,000 (this gp value used to relate to xp and trade)
Appearance and Creation
Typically the Ugly stick appears as a traditional sheleighleigh. Detect Magic will reveal that it retains magical energy at all times. The Ugly Stick will function as a+2 sheleighleigh until a detailed ‘Identify’ is cast or the command words are known and enacted by the user.
If Comeliness is used in your game, the Ugly Stick is ideally suited to the statistic. Charisma can be replaced with Comeliness if desired, or simply tracking the physical appearance of the character in description will suffice. The Ugly Stick deals ONLY with physical appearance not social graces.
Upon touching, or striking, a creature and uttering a command word the user is able to pull one point of the victims comeliness attribute into the sheleighleigh and transfer it to themselves. Saving Throw Vs Spell applies. Maximum daily transference 6 points. The transfer requires 3 rounds to complete / recharge before the next.
Maximum magical comeliness to user – 19, transference beyond 19 will lengthen the effect for 5 hours per use. The effect is, however, in constant decay. The user will gradually lose one point of the artificial comeliness every 24 hours. If the sheleighleigh is within 500 yards of the original victim the comeliness will return to them, if not, the beauty is forever lost. The Ugly Stick cannot transfer a higher comeliness to the user than that of the victims original score, additional drains can only extend effects. If the victim has a 16 Cms, that is the highest the user can obtain through transference.
The beauty transferred is relevant to race / species. Thus when a dwarf of high comeliness is drained, the user will take on features appealing to dwarves, such as beards, broad noses etc. The stick is prevalent in elven campfire tales of human and gnomish witches and warnings to not get beat by the Ugly Stick. The user will still look generally like themselves, but have the added benefit of the beauty of their victim. As the victim is diminished in Comeliness they will take on the unappealing characteristics of the sheleighleigh weilder.
Creation of the Ugly stick
If one can find the rare tales or even rarer written instructions on the creation of the Ugly Stick, the following would be included:
It is made from Blackthorn wood carefully oiled with butter specifically mixed from a black sheep, a yak, and a shetland pony. It is then stored and cured in the chimney flu of a beautiful or handsome royal for a number of months. The traditional method of oiling and polishing the sheleighleigh wood must be observed. after this, a hollow is made in the head of the sheleighleigh and it is filled with a quarter oz blessed gold from a LG church, a half oz of pure silver, and 2 oz of lead that has been kept in an ogres pocket for a day.
A powerful wizard or witch will then imbue the Ugly Stick with its magical bonuses and a spell of permanence is cast along side a polymorph other spell.
This process is occasionally debated among researchers and wizards in casual conversation, but few if any have ever seen an Ugly Stick. Most consider it a thing of legend told to children and princesses to keep them from straying into the wilds.