The instruments of the jann referred to a legendary collection of extraordinary magical musical instruments created by members of the major genie races.[1]


The various instruments were created to honor the ascension of each new jann chieftain of the High Desert. With each new ascension, the genie races collaborated to create a full takht of instruments including an 'ud, nay, rababah, riqq, and qanun. It was widely believed that the genies undertook marvelous quests in order to obtain the rare materials needed to craft the magical instruments.[1]

During the jann ascension ceremony, these special instruments were played by the most skilled mortals in Zakhara. Some of the musicians volunteered, but others were sometimes taken against their will if their skill was great enough. The music performed by the takht was said to be so awe-inspiring that the mortal musicians, as well as any other mortal within hearing range, ran the risk of becoming deaf for the next decade. All musicians were rewarded with valuable gems and treasure whose value was estimated at 10-60,000 dinars, but the musicians were left in the desert to fend for themselves after receiving their reward.[1]

The Amir of the jann kept the instruments until his death, at which point they were scattered to the four winds as custom demanded. As of 1367 DR[note 1] sages believed that 20-40 sets of these wondrous instruments had been scattered across the sands of the Land of Fate.[1]


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  1. Canon material does not provide dating for the Al-Qadim campaign setting. For the purposes of this wiki only, the current date for Al-Qadim products is assumed to be 1367 DR.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jeff Grubb (February 1993). “Sounds of Wonder & Delight”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #190 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 84–88.