Item:Small iron box

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small iron box
Look: The box has about 40 uses of sulfur remaining. It is labeled "Analogous Patterns".
Weight: 5 stones
Uses: 40
Appraised Cost: 3,750 Kronars
3,000 Lirums
2,706 Dokoras
3.75 LTBpoints
3.75 Tickets
3.75 Scrips
Special Properties:
  • This item is magical.
Dimensions: 1 length x 1 width x 1 height
Sources: Source is Herilo's Artifacts

Used with ritual spells in the Analogous Patterns spellbook.

You recognize that the box is a ritual focus. It's a tool that assists in harnessing the mana required to cast ritual spells, if it is invoked while the spell is being prepared.

In particular, this is a supply of mana-reactive sulfur. Mana-reactive materials are enchanted in such a way that they react to mana shortly after being exposed to the open, quickly accumulating a charge of spell energy before burning out. Drawing on a technique the Moon Mages invented, it is possible to draw a ritual pattern that reflects the two-dimensional "shadow" of the nascent spell. If this is done quickly and accurately, the burst of energy has been shaped to channel itself safely into the spell pattern.

The mana manipulation done through ritual foci are crude and often sharply limited by the design of the enchantment. Most ritual foci are limited to being useful only to a specific book of magic, though foci designed with incredible skill can be more broadly useful. No known ritual focus is fine enough to work at a level above the blunt strokes of empowering a ritual, much to the relief of their users' job security.