The staff of the necromancer is a potent magic item that can be used by a cleric, illusionist, or magic-user. Its components are a golden skull head, a short black metal bar, a longer red metal bar, and a tapering white metal tip at the bottom. It has these functions which cost 1 charge each:
cone of cold
darkness, 15' radius
speak with the dead
The following powers drain 2 charges each and require a touch (a to hit roll) with the staff.
The staff may be used to strike opponents. It does 1d6 points of damage, but can be used to hit creatures that can normally only be hit by magic weapons of +3 or greater.
The wielder of this staff takes on a haggard, almost skeletal appearance losing about 20% of his or her weight gradually over a period of two to three months.
The staff can be recharged by 1 if its bottom is driven through the beating heart of a living human being. If the one killed is a paladin or a convicted murderer then three charges will be restored
XP VALUE: 11,000
GP VALUE: 55,000