The type of wood that one's wand is made of can affect how the wand casts certain types of magic, whether it has an elemental affinity, and how well the wand attunes to a particular mage or Wizard. Artificiers who specialize in wandmaking oftentimes go to extreme lengths to learn or record these properties so that they can make tools that are perfectly suited not just to the task at hand, but also to the wizard set for the task. While there are several understood wand wood affinities, they can at times change properties in significant ways depending on the wand core within.

The table below details the properties of various possible wand woods.

Wood Flexibility Elemental Affinity Properties Mage Characteristics
Alder Intermediate Water Anti-Death Magic

Anti-Charms
Pro-Combat
Pro-Defense
Dislikes Anger

Those with alder wands are calm, cool-headed, steadfast and principled. Alder wands are particularly suited for combat as well as everyday use.
Apple Intermediate Air Pro-Miroven

Pro-Light
Pro-Diplomacy
Pro-Herbology
Pro-Astromancy

Those with apple wands are whimsical, in tune with nature, protective and altruistic. Apple wands are particularly suited for divination and healing.
Ash Firm Earth Pro-Astromancy

Pro-Sun
Anti-Darkness
Likes Justice

Those with ash wands are strong, ambitious, proud, and intelligent. Regulation Marshal wands are made from ash.
Also used for flying brooms
Aspen/Poplar Flexible Water Pro-Healing

Pro-Charms
Dislikes Anger
Likes Finesse
Pro-Memory Charms

Those with aspen or poplar wands tend to be artistic, creative, and charismatic. Aspen/poplar wands are used especially by healers and artists.
Beech Firm Fire Pro-Runic Magic

Pro-Necromancy
Pro-Summoning
Pro-Combat
Likes Information

Those with beech wands tend to be broad-minded, fearless, daring, and to follow their own path. Beech wands tend to be well-suited for cursebreaking and evocation.
Birch Flexible Water Pro-Healing

Pro-Purification
Pro-Artificiery
Pro-Herbology

Those with birch wands are inquisitive, innovative, and intuitive. Birch likes to be paired with an oak, ash, or maple wand for a dual wield.
Blackthorn Firm Earth Pro-Combat

Pro-Cursebreaking
Pro-Runic Magic
Pro-Wards
Pro-Blood Magic

If your wand is blackthorn, you are a force to be reckoned with. Powerful, ambitious, and talented, you sometimes prefer to work alone and may have difficulty trusting others.
Cedar Intermediate Air Pro-Disenchant

Pro-Herbology
Pro-Astromancy
Pro-Summoning
Anti-Darkness

Cedar wands are for the pure-of-heart, mind, and intention. They are a superb choice for healers and astromancers in particular.
Cherry Intermediate Fire Pro-Combat

Pro-Charms
Pro-Willpower
Likes Underdogs
Pro-Cryptozoology

Cherry wands are for those filled with passion, righteousness, responsibility, and loyalty. Both empathetic and energetic, cherry suits those who appreciate finesse.
Dogwood Hard Fire Pro-Ritual Magic

Pro-Healing
Pro-Wards
Likes Heroes
Likes Athletes

Dogwood wand wielders are daring, dashing, and rather devious. Some say manipulative, others say calculating. Things get done with dogwood wands, and they only attune to those unafraid to take action.
Ebony Hard Water Pro-Moon

Pro-Wards
Pro-Banishing
Anti-Charms
Dislikes Hesitation

Those with ebony wands are a select group who can sync with this powerful wood. They are fiercely loyal to causes and knowledge, and seek to protect others.
Elm Flexible Earth Pro-Healing

Pro-Herbology
Pro-Death Magic
Pro-Miroven
Pro-Destiny

Elm wand wielders are chimerical: a blend of staunchness and pride with compassion and grace. You're grounded and steady, but in a unique way that is your own. You resist classification.
Fir Flexible Earth Pro-Astromancy

Pro-Darkness
Pro-Healing
Pro-Artificiery
Pro-Disenchant

Fir wands are fantastic for artificiers in particular, as they are very connected to our material reality. Those with fir wands tend to be practical, loyal, and stable. Curses made with fir wands are more easily broken, but more prone to side-effects.
Hawthorne Firm Air Pro-Lightning

Pro-Detection
Pro-Concealing
Pro-Wards
Pro-Defense

Those who wield a hawthorne wand are rational, social, insightful, and above all, talented. A complex and multi-faceted wood, it tends to attract equally complex mages.
Hazel Flexible Air Pro-Classic Artificiery

Pro-Glamour
Pro-Charms
Pro-Astromancy
Pro-Healing

If your wand is hazel, you're friendly, intellectual, and analytical, with a tendency to concoct new ideas. Creative and artistic mages prefer hazel wands.
Hickory Firm Fire Pro-Sun

Pro-Charms
Pro-Absorption
Likes Leadership
Good Bludgeon

Hickory wand bearers are considerate, courageous, and honorable. They tend to be a bit temperamental, and to occasionally "fly off the handle" but generally with cause.
Holly Flexible Fire Anti-Lightning

Anti-Poison
Pro-Ritual Magic
Hates Hypocrisy

If you're optimistic, studious, passionate about saving the world, a bit rebellious, and rather daring, then a holly wand is well-suited for you.
Linden Flexible Air Pro-Healing

Pro-Artificiery
Pro-Transmutation
Pro-Charms
Gravity Affiliation

Linden is a rare and exceptional wood, hardly seen as a wand. Linden users tend to be protean- changeable depending on circumstances. Linden wands tend to be a bit unpredictable, but those who have affinity can use them to effects as rare and exceptional as the wood.
Mahogany Firm Air Pro-Astromancy

Pro-Mind Magic
Pro-Diplomacy
Pro-Creativity
Likes Intelligenct

Spontaneous, sincere, clever, good at reasoning, deducing, and solving problems, though often in quirky, unusual ways. Mahogany wands are associated with divination, arithmancy, and wards.
Maple Firm Earth Pro-Healing

Hardness
Pro-Masculine
Pro-Rebelliousness

Strong, self-reliant, dedicated, hearty-- maple wands tend to attract mages with a sense for the flamboyant and noteworthy. You're bold and maybe a tad egocentric, but you have the talent and the guts to back that up.
Oak Firm Fire Pro-Combat

Pro-Lightning
Pro-Sun
Pro-Counterspells
Good Bludgeon

Trustworthy, forthright, hard-working, mighty, and formidable. Only those with strong hearts and disciplined minds can master oak wands. As you may suspect, they are quite good for dueling.
Pear Intermediate Earth Pro-Healing

Anti-Astromancy
Pro-Artificier
Pro-Elemental
Pro-Physical

Cheerful, determined, earnest, grounded, stable, this is a wand about the here and now. It's for a doer, not a thinker. Especially suited for artificiery and physical healing, needs to be connected to the user for optimal effect.
Purpleheart Hard Water Pro-Healing

Pro-Blood Magic
Pro-Artificiery
Pro-Counterspells
Affiliated with the Heart

Joyful, expressive, compassionate, if you have synced with a purpleheart wand, you are want to save the world. Acts of brutality against animals, the environment, and other humans dismay you, and while you love peace, you will fight with honor for what you believe in. A purpleheart wand used for dark magic is particularly malicious.
Redwood Firm Fire Pro-Feminine

Pro-Hunting
Pro-Ritual Magic
Anti-Charms
Likes Meditation

Redwood wand wielders are helpful, considerate, nurturing and protective. Many astromancers and cryptozoologists use redwood wands, but also no small number of marshals.
Rosewood Firm Fire Pro-Healing

Pro-Astromancy
Pro-Charms
Pro-Feminine
Pro-Darkness

Perceptive, personable, independent, rosewood wielders are kind, friendly, and great friends and teammates. Rosewood users tend to be helpful and loyal, but willing to dance in the darkness if they believe it will help their friends or improve their power.
Rowan Firm Earth Anti-Miroven

Anti-Lightning
Pro-Artificier
Pro-Musician/Singer
Likes Dragons

Often associated with being pure-of-heart and spirit, rowan wands offer their grounded resonance to strengthen and augment those who have fierce passions and strong intellects.

Rowan wands prefer a dragon-related core.

Sycamore Hard Earth Pro-Summoning

Pro-Motivation
Pro-Diplomacy
Anti-Charms
Dislikes Lethargy

Sycamore users tend to be practical, precise, even perfectionistic.
Information and accuracy are important and you pay attention to details others miss.
Walnut Hard Fire Anti-Lightning

Pro-Breath
Pro-Ritual Magic
Pro-Circles and Spirals
Pro-Absorption

Brave, intelligent, often insouciant, innovative trailblazers tend to use walnut wands. "Hard-headed" and stubborn as a wood and as a user, some prefer to call it persistent and determined. Deft for spellcrafting, dangerous for dark magic.
Willow Flexible Water Pro-Healing

Pro-Feminine
Pro-Moon
Pro-Miroven
Pro-Illusion

Idealistic, imaginative, fanciful and free, willow wielders are adaptable, easygoing, peaceful, and playful. Willow wands are especially useful for healing, charms, and mind magic.
Yew Flexible Air Pro-Necromancy

Pro-Astromancy
Pro-Summoning
Pro-Death Magic
Pro-Transfiguration

Adaptable, enigmatic, resourceful, and powerful, yew wand bearers are a unique group. Carried by wizards of all professions, yew wands cleave unto their users and become very synergistic with them, for good and ill. Several notorious dark wizards have wielded yew, giving the wood a bit of an ill reputation, but that is mainly because yew enhances a wizard's intention.
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