[quote=“Vince”]That’s completely perverse.
So a ritual stave isn’t a staff, despite being five foot long?[/quote]
Ritual implements are not necessarily in the form of a staff. They are Arcane Implements, and can take the form of any implement: Wand, Rod or Staff.
profounddecisions.co.uk/empi … olic_Staff
They’re all the same.
I would imagine that the Archmage implements are of a similar character. Of course, if the fizzrep is a staff, you will, indeed, need to be a Battlemage to be able wield it, and therefore to be bound to it. Unless they’re an exception. They are pretty special and don’t appear to be makeable by the current crop of Empire crafters.
When it’s an Implement and the ribbon has been tied to a wand- or rod-sized fizzrep. The issue only arises when an implement’s fizzrep has been built and fixed as a staff that only a Battlemage can use.
Yes they are.
“Implement” even links to the Implements section of the Magic Overview page.
That the length of the implement is theoretically variable over the lifetime of the item (as the ribbon is moved between fizzreps) is somewhat wonky, perhaps, but it does save having a Melancholic Wand and Melancholic Rod which have identical non-combat bonuses and vary only in their length for combat purposes.
By implication they are, because they can be a Wand, Rod or Staff, and those are listed. And see also my comments above.
The problem only exists for the Archmage Staffs that are fizzrepped by an actual >42" item, and I expect that either they are an exception, and you can be bound to them even if you can’t wield them in combat (but still can’t wield them in combat), or are going to have to become one to avoid having to saw 3/4 of a metre off the end of them.
I believe you need to be a Mage to bond to any of the Implements, according to previous discussion on here, and I think:
profounddecisions.co.uk/empi … s#Magician
supports that. Specifically:
Battle Mage…Any character that has purchased the magician skill can use a rod or wand as a mage’s implement to touch a target to cast a spell. This skill allows you to use a staff as a mage’s implement to cast spells.[/quote]