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Race: Artifact
Class: Arkentool
Attuned to: Stanley the Tool
Associated Discipline:
Yet Unspecified

Proposed Canon


Strengths: Taming Dwagons, Heaving Lightning, Rocking Out, Cracking Things

Weaknesses: Inconspicuousness, Clarity of Purpose, Personal Taste in Friends

One of the Arkentools. It is currently attuned to Stanley the Tool. It has played a key part in his rise to power.Erf-b1-p079Same-site.PNG

Known properties include:


It should be noted that some of the pigeons thus created turn back into walnuts after being croaked (or once cooked, or perhaps simply contain walnuts somewhere inside).Erf-b1-p037Same-site.PNG The exact effects of this tool striking living things are mostly unknown. So far in the comic, one Orly has been struck with the Arkenhammer in combat; it turned into a walnut.Erf-b1-p114Same-site.PNG

The hammer likely opened up the ability to pop dwagons at Gobwin Knob.

Associated Discipline Debate

This section describes an aspect of Erfworld that is under debate. Please be considerate when posting here, and check the edit history to ensure you are not trampling on someone else's opinions.

It currently appears that the Arkendish provides "unmatched" Thinkamancy and the Arkenpliers provide unequalled Croakamancy; thus, many readers feel that there is an associated magic Discipline for the Arkenhammer.

Stanley, a Warlord who cannot cast spells, uses an electrical effect to take down a Chief Warlord (Caesar Borgata) and his entire stack, emerging entirely unscathed from the engagement. This effect appears to be powerful enough to compare to the associated Disciplines of the other two Arkentools. The question, then, is which Discipline does this effect belong to?

Since Thinkamancy and Croakamancy are Fate Axis Disciplines-aligned, some readers feel that all associated Disciplines should be Fate aligned. Fate magic being the determining factor in attunement reinforces this belief.

The case for Shockmancy

Sizemore unleashes a Shockmancy scrollErf-b1-p126Same-site.PNG which strike down enemies with yellow bolts. This fits one definition of shock, "a sudden and violent blow or impact".

The first case for Shockmancy compares the electrical effect's resultsErf-b1-p113Same-site.PNG to that of the known Shockmancy resultErf-b1-p126Same-site.PNG. The two results are similar, suggesting they come from the same Discipline.

The second case relies on an undefined part of Shockmancy, that an electrically shocking effect is Shockmancy.

The third case is the fact that the 'hammer can be used to render unconscious and thus "pacify" dwagons, which might fit "shockmancy" if it's defined in relation to the idea of "mental" shocks, electro-shock treatment, or neurological effects (synaptic relays).

The case against: Shockmancy is Erf-aligned, not Fate-aligned.(What if two Arkentools are aligned with Fate and two with Erf??? BALANCE, people.) Some readers feel that the visual, magic word, & thematic elements of the Scroll spell and the Van Der Graff hammer effect are different enough that they are different Disciplines. The other powers of the 'hammer would indicate the 'hammer is not exclusive to Shockmancy, even if it is dominated by it. (This would contrast with the seeming uniformity of the other tools' powers - unless the Arkendish covers Foolamancy.)

The case for Carnymancy

Carnymancy has not yet been defined, but is probably defined by either the term "Carny" or "Carnival".

The first case suggests that since electrical shows have been included in carnivals, an electrical effect is Carnymancy.

The second case looks at the Arkenhammer itself. The 'hammer has the appearance of a squeaky toy hammer, which can be a prize given by Carny's at a carnival. Hammers are also featured prominently in the form of the carnival game that tests one strength by striking a mallet to make a bell ring.

If Carnymancy also covers circuses, taming dwagons could be a Carnymancy effect (among other possible disciplines of natural magic e.g. Thinkamancy or Foolamancy) - like taming lions.

The 'flight' attributed to the hammer seems to be levitation - having only been used to raise straight up, both in actual use and in foolamancy cover - sideshow magicians would often create the illusion of levitation.

Changing pigeons to walnuts is reminiscent of making things appear, disappear, and trade places - classic small-scale magic. Pigeons were often used in such tricks, and walnuts are sometimes used in "shell games," another simple deception.

It is worth noting that Stanley, the hammer's attuned user, thinks of the hammer's abilites in terms of being 'tricks,' and asks Wanda if her Tool can also do tricks. If there is one Discipline that would cover tricks (other than Foolamancy), it's Carnymancy.

The Hammer's ability to Rock Out suggests StagemancyErf-b1.5-p035Same-site.PNG.

The case against: choosing a Discipline based on the appearance of the hammer itself is inconsistent with the association by effect of the 'pliers, though arguably the 'dish's form could be related to the communication aspects of Thinkamancy. Further, some believe this creates too broad a definition for Carnymancy, encompassing powers belonging to numerous other magical disciplines.

The case for Changemancy

Changemancy has not yet been defined, but is probably defined by an effect of changing one thing into another.

Since the Arkenhammer changes birds into walnuts and vice versa, it does have an effect that associates with Changemancy.

The Arkenhammer may change dwagons from untamable to tamed. It may also change Gobwin Knob to allow for the popping of new dwagons.

The flight affect of the 'hammer may be from a change of the Type of the wielder to Flying.

The case against: the effect is not on par with the 'dish and 'pliers. The other powers would either have to all be attributed to Changemancy, or the hammer would not be exclusive to one discipline.

Real World References

It was pointed out that a company named Stanley manufactures hand tools.

Thor, the god of storms (could create thunder and lightning) from Norse mythology, owned a hammer named Mjolnir[1].

Some editions of the (Advanced) Dungeons and Dragons game have included a magical hammer known as the Maul of the Titans ... its powers have been known to change between editions.