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A rope was a thick, flexible cord of braided fibers that was used for climbing and other purposes.[10]


These fibrous cords were usually made out of hemp or silk.[7][8] Though in the land of Zakhara, some constructed ship ropes from coconut fibers.[11][12]

As well as for climbing and tying creatures or items up, ropes could be used as weapons. Though weak, a strong and tight rope in the hands of combatant could be used to slash others.[13]

Hemp rope

Rope made from hemp is durable and rugged. The diameter of hemp rope varied, from as small as 0.25 inches (0.64 centimeters) to more than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters). Hemp rope with large diameters was commonly used aboard ships. Hemp rope was heavy. A 50 feet (15 meters) length of hemp rope could weight up to 20 pounds (9.1 kilograms). However, a 50 feet (15 meters) length of hemp rope could hold over 500 pounds (230 kilograms) in weight.[14]

Silk Rope

Rope made from silk was not as strong as hemp rope but was much lighter. Silk rope was made from long threads of silk, which were braided together into cords, and multiple cord braided together to make the rope. It had a smoother texture than hemp rope. A 50 feet (15 meters) length of silk rope weighed only 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) but could only hold up to 500 pounds (230 kilograms) in weight. It was also much more expensive than hemp rope.[14]


There were several magical ropes that were used in the Realms, such as:

  • Ropes of climbing, enchanted ropes that could support over a ton of weight and even knot or unknot themselves.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21]
  • Ropes of mending, wondrous ropes that could be easily cut apart into smaller lengths and mended back together with ease.[22]
  • Ropes of entanglement, ropes that could lash forward and bind several creatures.[23]

Notable Rope Merchants[]

  • Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue sold strong hempen ropes and elven silk ropes, each priced per 50 ft (15 m). The thinnest hemp ropes had 1/16 in (1.588 mm) diameters and sold only for 5 cp each, whilst the thickest hemp ropes had 4 in (10 cm) diameters and cost 28 gp each. The thickest silk ropes cost 50 gp.[24]
  • The shop known as Ropes for All Uses, which was located in the Zakharan city of Huzuz, sold many different types of ropes, both normal and extraordinary.[note 1][25]
  • In the city of Waterdeep, the vast amount of ropes used by ships were supplied by the Most Diligent League of Sail-Makers and Cordwainers, though they struggled to keep up with demand.[26] Alternatively, the Master Mariners' Guild kept emergency stocks of rope that its members could purchase at bargain rates.[27]


An adventurer's best friend: fifty feet of rope.


  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.

See Also[]


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