The Rod of Oblivion was a magical rod wielded by the goddess Shar during the Time of Troubles of the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR.[1][note 1]


During the Time of Troubles in the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR, the avatar of Shar appeared in Waterdeep, where she masqueraded as the avatar of her divine rival, Selûne, until she was exposed by the adventurers Vajra Valmeyjar, Kyriani, Onyx the Invincible, Timoth Eyesbright, and Luna who was the true avatar of Selûne. Finally, amidst the ruins of the Selûne's Smile inn she'd destroyed, Shar confronted the heroes. Wielding the Rod of Oblivion in all its dark glory, Shar threatened to have her revenge on them and to slay Selûne once and for all. She very nearly achieved this, but the adventurers released Selûne's full divine power to Luna. The revitalized avatar of Selûne cancelled the Rod of Oblivion and destroyed the avatar of Shar. The rod fell to the ground.[1]


It had a long golden shaft and was topped by a green-hued gem like an emerald, cut in three distinct levels. When active, jet-black lightning shot forth from the gem in all directions.[1]


"Fair"? I never fight fair… Not when I have the Rod of Oblivion to do my fighting for me!
— Shar, in response to Kyriani.[1]

During her battle in Waterdeep, Shar used the rod to conjure a great black tendril to snatch up Luna and torment her. It seemed able to destroy the weakened goddess. The rod's full powers and true nature are unknown, but likely depend on darkness. Restored to her full power, the avatar of Selûne dismissed its darkness with a light spell.[1]



  1. The Rod of Oblivion is introduced as Shar's weapon at the end of the comic "Total Eclipse" and is given a prominent appearance, but its powers, history, and importance are all unknown, as is its fate after the story. It does not appear to have been detailed in another source. It is unknown if it is a unique item or if it is one of many. It seems intended to be a counterpart of the Wand of the Four Moons appearing in "Selune Rising".


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dan Mishkin (September 1990). “Total Eclipse”. In Elliot S. Maggin ed. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #22 (DC Comics), pp. 18–24.
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