Blackstaff was a spell applied to a staff or quarterstaff that enhanced its combat effectiveness, and gave it the ability to dispel magic or cause a spellcaster it struck to lose a prepared spell.[1]


This spell was created by Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun and was part of the reason why his common appellation was Blackstaff, as he carried a staff of power that had this spell cast on it with permanency.[2] The blackstaff spell was found in Laeral's Libram, a spellbook written by the wizard Laeral Silverhand. Laeral lost the spellbook sometime during her madness induced by the Crown of Horns, and it was not been seen since.[3] Khelben only shared this spell with those he trusted implicitly.[1] However, by 1373 DR, the spell blackstaff was known and in use across the Realms.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  2. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 175. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Tim Beach (1995). Pages from the Mages. (TSR, Inc), p. 71. ISBN 0-7869-0183-7.
  4. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 152. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.