“The Rod of Infinite Oblivion,” Sara said, looking at it. “Speak the activating phrase and strike a being with it, and they will be obliterated. From all possible worlds, from all possible pasts, everything. It will be as if they never existed anywhere, ever.”

“Has it ever been used?” I said, peering at the obsidian mace through the tempered glass and antimagic rind.

“That’s just the thing, isn’t it?” laughed Sara. “We can never know.”

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