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The Blackstaff was the name for a series of powerful magical staves, created and used by Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun and/or his successor.[1][2]

DescriptionEdit

Khelben's Blackstaff

It was believed that Khelben Arunsun, who carried the first Blackstaff title, selected a new Blackstaff every time he left Blackstaff Tower.[3] However, it always appeared as a long wooden staff. It was longer than an average human was tall, roughly seven feet from base to tip. A ring of bulbs circled the staff at about eye level, and the staff was topped by a curved claw shape. The entire staff was pure black in color.[1]

Samark's Staff

Samark Dhanzscul, the sixth Blackstaff, carried a staff known as the Duskstaff, which was a twisted metal staff with a crystal on top that flashed various colors.[4][5] It was unknown whether this was an iteration of a Blackstaff or a different staff. The Duskstaff could only be moved by the current Blackstaff or by someone wielding Ncral's Ring.[5]

Vajra's Blackstaff

Vajra Safahr, the seventh Blackstaff, carried a silver-shod Blackstaff.[6] The Blackstaff she carried when proclaiming her status as the new Blackstaff was a rune-inscribed duskwood staff with silver veins. The whole staff was blackened by use. Atop the staff was a large axe head in the shape of snarling wolf head, which had glowing green eyes.[7]

Known powersEdit

The Blackstaff had all the powers of a staff of power.[1]

The staff also had a permanent blackstaff (spell) upon it[1] that could…

A Blackstaff's Heir needed to touch the Blackstaff in order to be centered in his or her new powers.[6] Only a Blackstaff or the Blackstaff's Heir could safely carry and wield a Blackstaff. A long as a Blackstaff's Heir was touching the Blackstaff, the powers of the actual Blackstaff (person) could be channeled through the staff.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 275. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 260. ISBN 0-7869-4913-9.
  3. Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  4. Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 1. ISBN 0-7869-4913-9.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 139. ISBN 0-7869-4913-9.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 252. ISBN 0-7869-4913-9.
  7. Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 250. ISBN 0-7869-4913-9.

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