(as read from the Encyclopedia Magica p1295)
The snake staff adds ’+1 to attack rolls and does 1d6+1 points of damage. On command the staff turns into a snake and coils around the person hit. The victim is held helpless until the user recalls the staff (or 1d4 turns maximum). The snake staff crawls back to the priest on command.
Alethe’s snake staff is a family heirloom from her human mother Cindelle.