Wand Woods and Cores

This is a list of new wand woods and cores (not generally found in the books) that player characters can use! If you want to add something to this list, give me a brief description and I'll toss it in. And, of course, anything mentioned in the books for a wand wood or wand core is fair game.

  • Wand Woods:
    • Dawn Redwood: A very popular wand wood, said to be excellent for protective magic - called a "survivor's" wood.
    • Weeping Willow: A universally popular wood. The weeping willow is a soft and delicate wood often preferred for aesthetic reasons. Said to be excellent for charms.
    • Teak: A somewhat uncommon wand wood, as it is said to be difficult to control - often associated with strong transfigurers.
    • Camphor: A wand wood that has recently diminished in popularity, but remains fairly common. Said to be vindictive and cruel.
    • Cherry: Likely the most popular wand wood in Japan for the last two centuries. It is considered malleable and very willing.
    • Yellow Birchwood: A wand wood popular by North Eastern US wandmakers. It is considered very flexible and good for Charm work.
    • Red Birchwood: Red Birch is the heartwood of Yellow Birch, as opposed to the sapwood, and rarely actually used as a wand wood. Most Red Birch wands are at least a century old, and come from North America. As a wand wood, it is viewed to be picky and somewhat fickle.
    • Eastern Redbud: A wand wood commonly found in the Eastern US, with some strains (arguably of a different species) found farther west. It is considered very stubborn - and Redbud wands are somewhat brittle.
    • Myrtle: Popular in western Europe and north Africa, myrtle wands are most often associated with diplomats and healers - as a wandwood, it is considered both peaceful and extremely willful.
  • Wand Cores:
    • Nekodama Whisker: A whisker shed from a Nekodama - a two-tailed 'demon cat'. Colloquially associated with betrayal and deception.
    • Kitsune Tailhair: A tail hair shed from a Kitsune - a shapeshifting 'demon fox'. Kitsune wands are sometimes derided as too 'feminine' and weak, though that perception has lessened with the passing years.
    • Dragon Whisker: A whisker shed from a coiled dragon. Such wands are rare, but still exist - they are usually associated with great talent and power, though there is little evidence to the claim.
    • Bisan Wingvein: A wingvein shed from a Bisan - a shapeshifting wasp of great size. Bisan wands are considered to be belligerent and stubborn in unworthy hands.
    • Yukionna Hair: A hair given freely by a Yukionna - a spirit of snow and winter. Such wands are rare, but still exist - they are thought to be overly emotional and fickle by most.
    • Quetzal Pinion: A pinion feather shed from a Resplendent Quetzal. Quetzal wands are considered to be very aware and very proud, and are associated with both talent and ego.
    • Satyr Horn: A sliver of horn shed from a Satyr. Satyr wands described as manic, playful, and pathologically high-spirited. Sometimes accused of playing cruel jokes on their wielders.
    • Naga/Nagini Scale: A scale given freely by a Naga or Nagini - a snake person. Popular in India. Often considered temperamental depending on how the wand is used. It is considered to be a benevolent wand core that turns against malicious wielders, but claims have never been proven.
    • Thunderbird feather: A feather from the tail of a Thunderbird - a large bird that creates storms, thunder, and lightning. Popular in North America. Thunderbird wands are considered to be malleable but proud.
    • Petal Wing: The seasonally-shed wing from a petal, a North American sprite found in flower patches. Petal wands have a reputation for mellowness and subtlety.
    • Fenhuang Feather A feather given freely from a Fenghuang - a bird that's said to reign over all others, native to East Asia. Not a rare core in China or Korea, but are said to be choosy about their wielders, benevolent, and make a peaceful and forgiving wand.
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