Prison of Zagig

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Greyhawk magic item
Prison of Zagig
A Prison of Zagig, containing Graz'zt.
Art by Anne Stokes.
Type (minor) artifact
Body slot N/A
Caster level
First appearance Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982)

The Prison of Zagig is an artifact created by Zagig Yragerne. Five of them are known to exist.


The Prison of Zagig resembles a small birdcage made of brass. Normal examination will not reveal it to be magic, although detect magic has a 50% chance of revealing a dweomer of uncertain nature.

The Demonomicon of Iggwilv found in the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth contains the command words for the Prison of Zagig found there.


With the proper command word, the Prison attunes itself to the user, who must be an arcane spellcaster. With another command word and a special command spell, the user can shrink a victim to three inches in height and imprison it in the Prison of Zagig. The prisoner does not need food or water and does not age while imprisoned in the cage, and cannot be located by spells or magic items (though it is visible and audible to those within range of ordinary sight and hearing). The command word must contain the creature's true name, or else a detailed history of the creature must be provided. No magic functions within the prison, so the creature will not be able to free itself. A Prison of Zagig cannot be damaged either by magic or physical force.

Another command word sets the creature free. The creature can also be freed if another spellcaster is capable of breaking the wizard lock on the cage without spells, or with a wish or miracle spell. Each Prison of Zagig is said to have a unique means required to destroy it.


In 318 CY Zagig discovered an artifact in the ruins of Veralos that would be the prototype for the Prison of Zagig.

Iggwilv served for a time as an apprentice of Zagig Yragerne before absconding with a Prison of Zagig and his copy of the Tome of Zyx, which she added to and renamed the Demonomicon of Iggwilv.

Zagig's research into the magic of imprisonment eventually resulted in the creation of the Godtrap.


  • Holian, Gary. "Places of Mystery: Spinecastle and Veralos." Dragon #293. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2002.