Dragon 龍

As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.


The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.



Aspen 楊木

Wand-quality aspen wood is white and fine-grained, and highly prized by all wand-makers for its stylish resemblance to ivory and its usually outstanding charmwork. The proper owner of the aspen wand is often an accomplished duellist, or destined to be so, for the aspen wand is one of those particularly suited to martial magic. An infamous and secretive eighteenth-century duelling club, which called itself The Silver Spears, was reputed to admit only those who owned aspen wands. In my experience, aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded and determined, more likely than most to be attracted by quests and new orders; this is a wand for revolutionaries.



English Oak 夏櫟木

A wand for good times and bad, this is a friend as loyal as the wizard who deserves it. Wands of English oak demand partners of strength, courage and fidelity. Less well-known is the propensity for owners of English oak wands to have powerful intuition, and, often, an affinity with the magic of the natural world, with the creatures and plants that are necessary to wizardkind for both magic and pleasure. The oak tree is called King of the Forest from the winter solstice up until the summer solstice, and its wood should only be collected during that time (holly becomes King as the days begin to shorten again, and so holly should only be gathered as the year wanes. This divide is believed to be the origin of the old superstition, “when his wand’s oak and hers is holly, then to marry would be folly,” a superstition that I have found baseless). It is said that Merlin’s wand was of English oak (though his grave has never been found, so this cannot be proven).

不管在順境或逆境,夏櫟木魔杖都是持有它的巫師應得的忠誠朋友。夏櫟木魔杖要求有力量、勇氣、和忠誠的夥伴。比較少人知道的是夏櫟木魔杖的持有者常常有著強而有力的直覺,而且常常受到自然世界中不管是在魔法的應用上或娛樂都需要的動植物的魔法吸引。這種櫟屬 (俗名橡樹) 的樹從冬至到夏至有著森林之王的稱號,而它的木頭也只應該在那段時間中收集 (冬青樹在日照開始縮短的時候取代成為森林之王,因此冬青木只應該在一年開始接近尾聲的時候收集。這種劃分出自於老一代的迷信:「當他的魔杖是櫟而她的是冬青,兩人的聯姻是無可救藥的愚行。」這個迷信我認為是毫無根據的)。相傳梅林的魔杖是夏櫟木做的 (但由於梅林的墓從來沒有被找到過,我們無法證實這點) 。

(譯註:English Oak 若按照字面上直譯的確是譯為英國橡樹。此物種的學名為Quercus roburQuercus在生物分類上稱為櫟屬俗名橡樹,所以如果口語的來說English Oak稱為英國橡樹沒有問題。但由於中國大陸新疆、北京、山東等地有引進栽種,因此這裡採用的中文譯名為大陸所使用的,亦即夏櫟。其他別名還包括英國櫟、夏橡等,請見維基百科介紹)

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