The Shards, or simply shards, were a cadre of planetar servants of the goddess Selûne the Moonmaiden.[2][3][4][5][6][7][1]


Each of the Shards was female and had long flowing blue hair and pearly white skin with shining aspect. They could display or dismiss their wings as they desired.[4][5][6][7] It was told they were formed from equal parts moonlight and fire.[1]


The Shards were sent by the goddess to show her favor or presence or to give aid to mortals, such as by bestowing gifts or boons.[2][4][5]

The Shards could be summoned by the church of Selûne in the sacred ritual of the Conjuring of the Second Moon, conducted only during Shieldmeet, which occurred every four years. This required a coordinated chant performed in every temple of Selûne in Faerûn, and the confluence of the energy of this devotion summoned the Shards. The priests could have the Shards do their bidding, usually to battle the minions of Selûne's arch-nemesis and twin, Shar, but only for a single night. However, at dawn, the Shards always took one mortal priestess to join their number before departing the world.[8][6][7]

A Shard guarded the House of the Lady temple in Immersea, Cormyr, around 1358 DR.[9]


The Shards dwelled at the Gates of the Moon, the realm of the goddess Selûne.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 29–30. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 52. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 135. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 52. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 249. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 55. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  8. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 136. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  9. Jeff Grubb, Kate Novak (March 1990). The Wyvern's Spur. (TSR, Inc), pp. 225, ?. ISBN 0-8803-8902-8.

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