Rasping sand was a deadly magical sand found in Zakhara, the Land of Fate, that tore away at any surface..[1]


When thrown, this sand tore both living and non-living surfaces for three full minutes before expiring. Against non-living material one handful of rasping sand would literally destroy up to 100 pounds (45 kg) of the object in question.[1]

Living creatures suffered increasingly devastating damage while the sand eroded their flesh.[1]

Despite its terrifying reputation, rasping sand could be easily counteracted with a gallon of water per handful of sand. The water would instantly negate the sand, causing it to dissolve. [1]

Anyone wishing to throw a handful of rasping sand needed to wear a protective glove or risk becoming the object of its deadly affection.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Rudy Thauberger (Feburary 1996). “Campaign Classics: Magical Sands of Zakhara”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #226 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 80–83.