Base of OperationsEdit
After leaving Zazesspur, Adele Astrolara formed a small academy in Waterdeep to share her knowledge of magic and astrology. She maintained the school there for several years until the mysterious disappearance of one of her students, who was also the daughter of a powerful noble family.
Seeking a new place where she could conduct her business in more privacy, Adele heard of the work of Sir Justin Melenikus in the Mere of Dead Men and of the abandoned Castle Naerytar in the swamps. Adele and her group of wizard-students cleared the castle of a tribe of bullywugs and moved in. Soon after, she hired a group of workers from Waterdeep to clean and repair parts of the castle and to build a road from the High Road to the academy.
Starmistress Adele brought with her materials she acquired in Skullport to transform a dome in the castle into a magical viewing hemisphere to study the stars and secretly spy on the surrounding area. She also had a magical telescope, the Farseer of Illusk, brought to the academy and set it up in the domed room turned observatory.
Rules of the AcademyEdit
There were several rules established by Adele and posted in every room of the Academy. Foremost amongst these rules was that every member of the academy had to be female. Adele had her own reasons for this that only she knew. Other rules involved the order and discipline required of all students and visitors alike. Some of these rules included that no student could leave the Academy unless dismissed by the Starmistress and all members must remain chaste. The rules also outlined dress codes, promotions, and disciplinary actions.
Each student was required to swear an oath to adhere to all of the rules or face expulsion. Their families were also required to sign an agreement that waived their rights to remove their family member from the Academy. Upon reaching a high enough level of mastery, members were also required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Mistress and a vow of chastity.
Membership in the Academy of Stargazers was broken down as follows from top to bottom with known members of each rank listed (as of the mid–14th century DR):
- Students who had achieved significant experience as arcane spellcasters and stayed on to become teachers.
- Students who had achieved the same level of arcane prowess and decided to leave the academy. Such former students did not have to swear the oath of allegiance to the Starmistress, but did have to swear to come to the aid of the Academy and were expected to send potential recruits and money to it.
- The novices of the academy. Life was often full of hard work, hard study, and harder discipline for these students.
- Academy guards
- Though not students at the Academy, there were two female guards who were expected to follow many of the same rules as the members.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Paul Culotta (January/February 1999). “Mistress on the Mere”. In Christopher Perkins ed. Dungeon #72 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 58–76.
- ↑ Wizards RPG Team (2014). Hoard of the Dragon Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 45. ISBN 978-0786965649.