Maelstrom was a spell used by powerful wizards in Zakhara, the Land of Fate.[1]


When cast upon a large body of water, this spell created a hole through the Prime Material Plane into the Elemental Plane of Water, creating a huge whirlpool for the duration of the spell.[1]

The mouth of the whirlpool was 300' (91.4 m) wide and sucked down ships unless they were controlled by the best sailors.[1]

Living creatures sucked through the portal either drowned on the Elemental Plane of Water or were enslaved by marids.[1]


This spell required a diamond worth at least 1,000 gold pieces to cast.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-1560763581.