Ghastly Stave

Weapon (quarterstaff), very rare (requires attunement by an evil-aligned creature)

This heavy wooden quarterstaff is topped with a leering humanoid skull, wrapped with lengths of desiccated or mummified human gut, and has hundreds of human teeth hammered in along its entire length.

Once per day, the staff can be touched to a humanoid corpse to transform that corpse into a ghoul for 10 minutes. The ghoul is charmed by the staff ’s user and fights for that creature. The ghoul arises ravenously hungry, however, and as soon as a creature it injured is killed, the ghoul spends the rest of its 10 minutes devouring that creature.

Any ghoul within 30 feet of the Ghastly Stave has advantage on saving throws against effects that turn undead.

Curse. A week after attuning to Ghastly Stave, a creature starts taking on the appearance of a corpse. Their skin becomes pale, and they develop sunken cheeks and deep shadows around their eyes. After two weeks, the flesh of their hands is shrunken and pulls away from their fingernails, their lips draw back and their gums recede, and their hair begins falling out. After three weeks, they are nearly indistinguishable from a darakhul.

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