Rods are about three feet long and as thick as your thumb. They are normally
found in cases or similar storage places. Rods can be fashioned from metal,
wood, ivory, or bone. They can be plain or decorated and carved, tipped, or not.
Rods are powered by charges, unless noted otherwise in the description of a
particular rod. Each time the rod is used, one or more charge may be expended.
Characters do not automatically know the number of charges possessed by an item
when it is discovered, although research and spellcasting can reveal this.
A rod can sometimes be recharged according to the rules given for constructing
magical items if its charges have not totally been used up. When a rod is
drained of all charges, it loses all its magical properties and cannot be recharged
When discovered, a rod normally contains 41 to 50 (1d10+40) charges. However,
while rods almost never have more charges than this, it is possible to find a
rod with significantly fewer charges, particularly if it is captured from an
enemy who has previously used the item.
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