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Obelisk was an unaligned card in the Deck of Dragons that stood for the past, present, and future,[1] and had been referred to as the dolmen of time.[2] In a casting of the Deck, this card frequently represented an Ascendant, specifically one of the Unaligned.

The position was taken by Burn, the Sleeping Goddess.[3] In one reading, Bottle was Obelisk but it was not known whether he actually filled the position or was merely its local agent. Toc the Younger was touched by Obelisk when he lost his eye in the battle of Pale.[4]

Its precursor in the Tiles of the Holds, the Elder Deck, was known as Menhir.[4]

Kalam Mekhar claimed the appearance of the Obelisk during a reading of the Deck in Seven Cities was a sure sign the reader was a fake. True talents knew the card was inactive on that sub-continent.[5]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

Captain Keneb recalled how a Seer performing readings for the Orbal garrison had to give up because he could get no further than Obelisk on the first card. The Seer claimed it was due to the presence of Icarium in the Pan'potsun Odhan.[6]

In Memories of IceEdit

Spindle performed four readings of the Deck in a row where the Obelisk dominated and was active for the first time in decades.[2]

During the Siege of Capustan, Ganoes Paran, the Master of the Deck, saw a vision of the Obelisk transform into a monolith of jade in the desert. Without realising it, he witnessed Heboric, Baudin, and Felisin Paran standing in the monolith's shadow and the resulting fall of Fener.[7]

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