A staff of skulls was a magical staff that allowed the wielder to animate the remains of the dead into skeletal undead creatures and command them as per the arcane/divine spell.[1]


These staves were typically made of ebony, with the carving of a skull. However, they were also constructed from the femur of a giant with a polished skull affixed at the end.[2]


Upon uttering the command word of "arise", the wielder could cast the spell. animate dead. They also possessed a charge of inflict light wounds, and two of the circle of doom spell.[2] About one quarter of these staves had the additional ability to restore wounds as per the spell cure light wounds.[2]



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