Command Words (Optional Rule)
Like rods and staves, wands can require the utterance of a command word (or
phrase) to operate, and like these other items, the key is seldom found in the
lock. The DM can rule that the command word is etched in magical writing on the
wand (requiring a read magic to translate) or he can make the characters resort to such methods as commune spells and expensive sages. If you choose not to use this option, ignore
references to command words in the item descriptions below—all items simply work.
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