A spelljammer was a type of magically powered vessel that could travel great distances, even into the Sea of Night.[3] Each ship had a magical helm or "captains-chair" that allowed a suitably powerful mage to pilot the ship.[4] Some spelljammers were also capable of traveling to other planes of existence.[2]


Spelljammers varied enormously in design, but many contained common elements. One such element that was present in a variety of spelljammers were fan-shaped sails,[2] whose purpose was to harness the flow of the phlogiston,[5] or, if within a planet's atmosphere, the wind.[2]


Spelljamming technology had existed for a very long time. For example, early historical accounts from the Second Age of Calimshan described three beholder colony ships crashing into the Alimir Mountains in Tarsakh of −2381 DR. There were also myths from the same era about "chariots in the air" and "monstrous flying birds and insects" that led some scholars to postulate that these too were spelljamming craft.[6]

Many of these vessels (and vessels like them) still existed on Faerûn in the mid-14th century DR.[7] The elves of Evermeet maintained a small fleet of them,[8] while the derivatives of these strange and mighty vessels could be seen flying openly over the southern nations of Nimbral and Halruaa.[citation needed]


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  1. Jeff Grubb (August 1989). “Lorebook of the Void”. Spelljammer: AD&D Adventures in Space (TSR, Inc.), pp. 14–18. ISBN 0-88038-762-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, James Wyatt (December 2008). Manual of the Planes 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 20, 159. ISBN 978-0-7869-5002-7.
  3. Richard Baker, James Jacobs, and Steve Winter (April 2005). Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 6. ISBN 0-7869-3657-6.
  4. Jeff Grubb (August 1989). “Concordance of Arcane Space”. Spelljammer: AD&D Adventures in Space (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-88038-762-9.
  5. Jeff Grubb (August 1989). “Concordance of Arcane Space”. Spelljammer: AD&D Adventures in Space (TSR, Inc.), pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-88038-762-9.
  6. Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 978-0786912377.
  7. Dale "slade" Henson (April 1991). Realmspace. Edited by Gary L. Thomas, Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-56076-052-4.
  8. Anne Gray McCready et al. (March 1994). Elves of Evermeet. (TSR, Inc), p. 87. ISBN 1-5607-6829-0.
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