"He who controls the stick, controls the universe" -Cartman
The Stick of Truth is a legendary artifact and major plot item in South Park: The Stick of Truth. It's fought over by the Humans and the Drow Elves over half of the entire game.
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The Stick of Truth was once owned by the orc, Dandar. After he had loved the Elf Queen, Princess Kenny was born and became the true heir to the Stick of Truth. By unknown events, however, the Humans had obtained the Stick, and were waged in a never-ending war with the Drow Elves.
Soon after the New Kid had moved to South Park, the Stick was captured by the Drow Elves and the New Kid was forced to get it back from The Bard. The night after the Stick was re-captured by the Kingdom of Kupa Keep it mysteriously disappeared. Cartman had suspected that the High Elf Jew King had stolen it during the night. The Elves meanwhile thought that the Humans were hiding the Stick.
At the end of Attack the School, it was revealed that Clyde is the one who took the Stick, and is keeping it in his fortress. Over the course of the game, the New Kid works torward gaining new allies to help get the Stick back. During Beat Up Clyde, the New Kid finally begins climbing through Clyde's Fortress to get the Stick back, and in the end, is ultimately successful.
However, the government agents happen to break into the fortress to capture the New Kid, and it all ends up in their Leader taking the Stick and running away with it, having believed the kinds' in-game lore that the Stick controls the universe. Afterwords, Kenny betrays the kids and Morgan Freeman explains her origins, in which she was the true heir to the Stick. After a long battle, the New Kid retrieves the Stick once more, but the boys ultimately decide that the Stick is too powerful for anyone to possess and throw it into the middle of Stark's Pond. The Stick is never again seen afterwords.
In the game the kids play the Stick is the key to controlling the universe. Whoever wields it can use it to direct the course of the game, such as when Jimmy used it to allow him to hold the doorknob to keep the Humans from entering. Even though Cartman called it cheating, Jimmy justified it because as the holder of the Stick, he made the rules.
The Stick was used again when Clyde used it to become a dark lord after being banished from space and time by Cartman. He also used it to strip the Human and Elf Kings of their authority, which caused many players on both sides to flock to Clyde as their new leader.
The true limits of the Stick's in-game power is unknown. Even though it supposedly controls the universe, neither Humans nor Elves ever attempted to use it to destroy the other side, nor forbid the other side from taking the stick back.
In reality of course, the Stick is just a stick, as seen when the Leader foolishly believed the boys' story and tried to use it for himself.