Above the treetops the rod glides aimlessly, sometimes stopping then moving again.
Her friends had been trapped in a remote stone tower. A band of orc bandits had made camp outside. To save them she needed to fly.
The collection of imperfect magic items offered the only readily available option: a Moveable Rod. Hanging on to it would be difficult in the long run, but an safety system could be improvised from the collection. It turned out the rod was unable to lift inanimate matter, including clothes.
The rod could be steered while hanging on to it with both hands. The rescue operation was executed safely, way out of reach from the orcs, although the evacuees had to leave their clothing behind. By now our heroine had no strength left to hold on to the rod and was left hanging from the safety chain with no means to control the device's movement. The rescued friends grabbed on to a tree and climbed down, naked but safe.
The Levitation spell provided by the flying rig made the strain on her wrists minimal but there was no way she could reach the rod to regain control.