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Frank Zhang's life is tied to a piece of wood. If it burns up, he will die. It was given to him by Juno due to him "having too many gifts."

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

Frank was given the stick by his grandmother before he went to the Wolf House. Frank later gave it to Hazel Levesque for safekeeping.

The House of Hades

Frank asks for it back after Leo gave him a fire-proof bag to keep it in.

Trivia

  • This idea comes from the myth of Meleager; In Greek mythology, Meleager was a hero and famed host of the Calydonian Boar Hunt. When Meleager was born, the Fates predicted he would only live until a brand, burning in the family hearth, was consumed by fire. Overhearing them, his mother immediately doused and hid the brand. When she found out that Meleager had killed her brother for the love of the huntress Atalanta, she placed the brand upon the fire, thus fulfilling the prophecy and killing Meleager. [citation needed]
  • In The Son of Neptune, the goddess Iris told Frank that he would die holding his stick, watching it burn.
Items
Personal Weapons: Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Maimer | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Sword of Hades | Reyna's Spear | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius | Annabeth's Sword | Sumarbrander | Mjølnir | Thor's Staff | Khopesh | Mallory's Serrated Knife | Meg's Twin Imperial Gold siccea blades
Magical Items: Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | The Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle | Arrow of Dodona | Serapis' Staff | Magic 8 Ball
Spoils of War: The Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia | Lydian Drakon Hide | Phineas' Robe and Slippers
Items: Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden drachma | Denarius | Mark of Athena | The Pax | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books
Blessed Metals: Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron | Bone Steel