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The Wand Cores as they appear in the Thaumonomicaon

Wand Cores are one of the two basic components to making a wand, the other being a Wand Cap. Wand cores can also be crafted into Scepters and Staff Cores. See also the Primal Staff Core, which has no corresponding wand core. See the wands page for details on all these variations.

The material that the wand core is made of will determine the amount of vis that the wand can store, and if they can naturally regenerate a type of vis. All wand cores except "wooden" (stick) and greatwood require Infusion crafting to create.

Types of Wand CoresEdit

There are three "levels" of wand core that can be used. The level and type of core determines the storage capacity of the wand, staff, or scepter it is used in:

The "wooden wand core", is simply a stick, as crafted from planks. This is the only core that is available without use of a wand, and accordingly, is used for a thaumaturge's first wand. The wand produced holds only 25 vis of each aspect, and has an additional liability: A wand (etc.) with a wooden core can drain a node completely in any aspect, which is likely to permanently damage it. This liability remains regardless of the type of cap used, or even if the thaumaturge has researched "Node Preservation".

The Greatwood Rod is crafted from two greatwood logs in an Arcane Workbench. The wand produced can hold 50 vis of each aspect. If a greatwood or better core is equipped with gold or better caps, and the wielder has "Node Preservation", it will automatically refrain from draining a node's last point of vis in any aspect.

All third-level wand cores require Infusion crafting to produce. This level consists of the elemental cores and the silverwood core. The elemental wands can store 75 vis of each aspect, and wands, staves and scepters made with them can all regenerate up to 10% of their capacity in a single aspect, according to their element. Each of these is crafted by infusing the appropriate material with one shard of their element, and one balanced shard. The essentia required is 6 Praecantatio, 12 of their primal aspect, and 6 of a compound aspect which varies with the core (the Bone wand and staff cores are also Forbidden Research). The silverwood wand core can store 100 vis of each type, but does not regenerate any of them. Crafting it requires 9 points apiece of each primal aspect plus Praecantitio, to infuse a silverwood log with all six primal shards and a balanced shard.

Summary of Elemental Cores
Material Element Extra Aspect
Bone Perditio Exanimis
Reed (sugar cane) Aer Motus
Blaze Rod Ignis Bestia
Obsidian Terra Tenebrae
Ice Aqua Gelum
Quartz Ordo Vitreus