Storm bells, also called storm gongs, were easily the largest musical instruments throughout Zakhara.[1]


These massive metal cylinders and plates were struck with large pieces of wood wrapped in protective cloth. Some storm bells were small enough to be carried in a cart pulled by oxen, but others were so large that they were permanent fixtures on buildings.[1]


Though the modern cities of Zakhara used these items to draw crowds to important events or announcements, the historical purpose of a storm bell was to announce the coming of a deadly sandstorm out in the open desert. The sound of a storm bell rung clearly for miles, granting the desert tribes plenty of warning before an approaching sandstorm.[1]

Storm bells were also positioned along cliffs surrounding particularly deadly reefs to warn sailors of treacherous water.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Jeff Grubb (February 1993). “Sounds of Wonder & Delight”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #190 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 84–88.
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