Requirements: To successfully wield the stargazer to its fullest potential, a character must fulfill the following requirements.
- Feats: Spell Focus (divination)
- Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 4 ranks, Spellcraft 4 ranks
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The great wizard Aligenthus always believed books were the best means by which a man could rise in power. Codified knowledge allowed a man to study magic on his own without having to depend on the whim of a tutor. Those spellcasters who came about their powers by chance or birth could never teach others how they wielded or discovered their powers.
He believed that until a witch stole his powers. She simply wiped his mind of all its knowledge the way a school-child erases a slate. Her curse also extended to his ability to read. Whereas before he could read a dozen languages, some of them extinct for millennia, now when he looked at a page, the letters jumped and writhed like tiny worms. Book-learning—magic—was lost to him.
In his despair, Aligenthus began staring at the night sky. At first it was a refuge for his shattered mind and dashed hopes. What else could he do but gaze into infinity to contemplate his moribund state? Then he recognized certain patterns in the stars, the planets and even the random meteors that blazed across the inky blackness. The constellations resembled the ancient runes he studied when he was at the height of his powers. The more he studied the celestial lights, the more he uncovered the magic inherent in the patterns of creation.
Using this knowledge, Aligenthus constructed the Stargazer. At one end he affixed a miniature orrery, a device that mimicked the orbit of the planets and stars. By spinning the orrery he could manipulate star magic, channeling powers particular to the heavenly firmament. He became adept at predicting the future, but the staff also allowed him to invoke the energies of the void: cold, fire, and electricity.
With his staff in hand, Aligenthus located the hag who had stripped him of his powers. He incinerated her in a flash of light and fire. His words to her as she burned: “Our strength lies not in ourselves, but in our stars!”
The last known wielder of Stargazer was the Great Wizard Sorak.