Agani Tayeu'a

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Agani Tayeu'a -- "Tree of Magic" in Gerenshuge -- is the mythical staff of Firulf which is said to harness the raw power of lightning. It is often depicted as a magnificent black staff that is marbled with silver streaks. The Suur Pillar (book) contains a tale about it:

"Firulf, great God of Elemental Magic, possessed a mighty 
staff, one of black marble and silver.  The Staff of 
Firulf, the Agani Tayeu'a, held within it immense 
Elemental powers.  It could hurl bolts of lightning with a 
thought.  Many times would benevolent Firulf lend Agani 
Tayeu'a to mortals in a quest for knowledge, and with the 
power the Staff bestowed upon them, they succeeded in 
their quests, bringing enlightenment to the lands.  

Once, a mighty king of a long forgotten kingdom kneeled 
upon the ground of his palace shrine and prayed to Firulf 

'O Mighty Firulf, I beseech you.  A fierce dragon from the 
seacaves beyond my kingdom has ravaged my lands - - it has 
killed my people.  My own wife has died at its hands!  I 
seek a way to restore the dead to the living, but first I 
must kill the dragon of the sea.'

Firulf observed the mortal pleading for aid, and a magic 
to Resurrect the dead would be a great boon to the peoples 
below.  So to the king Firulf gave Agani Tayeu'a, and bade 
him slay the dragon and take his quest for knowledge.

But the king was wise, and he had tricked the god.  
Destroy the dragon he did, but he did not embark upon a 
quest to save his people.  Instead of using the Staff of 
Firulf in such a quest, the king gathered his army and 
rode to the neighboring kingdom.  He used the power of 
Agani Tayeu'a to crush his enemies and increase his own 

'I have the power of the gods at my control!  None may 
stand before me!' he exclaimed as he conquered the 
bordering nation, a peaceful land of Elotheans seeking 

Firulf was enraged at the affront.  He visited the kingdom 
in the form of a horned owl, and skewered the king with 
his beak.  Taking the Staff back, Firulf returned to his 
domain in the clouds.  And then he gathered about him all 
his magic, and hurled the Agani Tayeu'a to the earth 

Where the Staff struck, the earth shook with a fury as 
though a dragon had tumbled to Elanthia.  And where the 
Staff struck, a massive stone monolith rose up, as 
lightning from the skies bombarded it in an illuminating 
display of fireworks.  The kingdom that had once ruled 
that land was no more, and where once had been plains, now 
stood mountains.  Where once was the king's palace, there 
now was a crystal lake.

The monolith stands even to this day, and encased within 
it is the Agani Tayeu'a, the Staff of Firulf."