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Wicca and Witchcraft
In Wicca and modern-day witchcraft, wands are used for the channeling of energy, and serve a similar purpose to the athame. They are traditionally made of wood, but can also be made of metal or crystal. Practitioners usually get a stick from a tree, or even buy it from a hardware store, and then carve it and add decorations to make it their own; however, ready-made wands can be bought.
Wands have four main characteristics:
Some wands we know of which we know:
In role-playing game, wands are storage devices for spells, and using the wand releases the spell which it contains. For instance, a certain wand might contain fireball spells, and the number of fireballs it contains is its number of charges; each use of the wand drains a charge, and when there are no charges left the wand can't be used any more. Wands allows player characters who aren't wizards to use spells, and also lets wizards use spells they ordinarily wouldn't be able to cast.