Being very sharp, the tip of African porcupine quills are perfect as engravers to draw sigils and petitions in candles and soft clay, or as pins to pierce candles and fetiches.
As all sharp items, this quills may be used both for offensive and defensive magic, and African porcupine has a close connection with the Realm of the Dead, that makes is quills perfect for Necromancy.
The connection of the porcupine with the Dead is quite common in Africa. In many different region, the Dead are supposed to dwell in the underground, where they live forever or for an indefinite time. When the living follow certain animals in their burrows, they may occasionally reach the Realm of the Dead. This is the destiny of heroes and priests, a sort of initiatory journey that will change them forever.
Since the folklore of the porcupine and the Dead is a milestone among Bantu people, the story of Uncama is an interesting example. Day by day, Uncama find his crops devoured by a porcupine, no matter how early he try to wake up. So he decides to seek and chase the porcupine to kill it and save his garden. He follow the porcupine even in its burrow, but the tunnel go on and on, deeper and deeper into the earth. After an indefinite time, Uncama emerge in a very strange village, invaded by darkness. Dogs howl uninterruptedly, children weep and wail, people walk and talk backward, and everything works in reverse. With fear in his heart, Uncama understand that he reached the Realm of the Dead, and he hurries to return in the tunnel dug by the porcupine and up to its borrows. In the end he finds the way home and returns to his wife, but she winces terrified. Uncama had been gone for years, not days, and the whole village celebrate his death according to the custom, burning all his possessions. For the whole legend, see this post.
A: 4 quills (13-17cm)
B: 3 quills (20-22cm)
C: both set, discounted