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Stardock, known as Crèche K'liir to its githyanki inhabitants,[1] was an asteroid in the Tears of Selûne.[3] It was connected to Undermountain through a portal known as the Rift.[5]

Geography[]

The asteroid was hollowed out by a series of tunnels and chambers. The largest of the caverns was the asteroid's namesake: an enormous dock wide enough to moor a large spelljammer vessel.[6]

Trade[]

During the late 15th century DR, spelljammers and astral ships docked regularly at Stardock to bring supplies to its inhabitants. Foodstuffs typically stored at Stardock included:[7]

History[]

In the distant past, the cave system of Stardock had been the lair of an unknown species of dragon. Sometime before the 11th century DR, Stardock was an outpost of the illithids from Glyth, dug by umber hulk slaves. They named it Mehiluum, or Stardock in the common tongue. These illithids built The Rift, the portal leading to the Crystal Labyrinth level of Undermountain.[2] The outpost was used occasionally by the mind flayers for the following 200 years.[8]

Sometime in early Eleasis, 1369 DR, the Twisted Rune discovered the existence of the outpost and used a wish spell to create the Rift. Led by Priamon Rakesk and the alhoon Ralayan, the Rune raided and conquered the outpost on Eleint 9 that same year. They subsequently used it as a base for magical research, kidnapping Halaster Blackcloak on Highharvestide and imprisoning him there in order to discover secrets that might grant the Rune an advantage in their struggle against the Red Wizards of Thay.[9][8]

Out of Halaster's control, the occupants of Undermountain erupted all across Faerûn through uncontrolled portals. The event became known as Halaster's Higharvestide.[10]

By 1492 DR,[note 1] after a long period of abandonment, the asteroid was claimed by a githyanki commander named Al’chaia and her troop of githyanki warriors and red dragon allies.[2] It had been converted into a crèche where young githyanki were raised and trained before moving to the Astral Plane.[1]

Following the demise of Al’chaia, rulership of Stardock fell to Commander Urlon, who transformed and expanded it into a cosmopolitan trading and transportation hub in the region. It became home to all manner of creatures and races.[11]

Inhabitants[]

Notable Inhabitants[]

  • Commander Urlon, githyanki commander and ruler of Stardock, succeeding Commander Al’chaia.
  • Ashtyrranthor, red dragon female and traditional defender (along with her children) of Stardock until rulership fell to Urlon.[12]
  • Al’chaia, former ruler of Stardock who turned the abandoned asteroid into a githyanki creche and fortress, cruel, fearless, and narrow-minded.[2]
  • Kaaltav, retired githyanki general, former tutor of the youth of the creche.
  • Nightshade, undead apothecary from Skullport.[13]
  • Infernexus, young red dragon male, son of Ashtyrranthor.
  • Lae'zel, githyanki fighter[14]
  • Jerath, blind githyanki knight and lute player.[15]


Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but Christopher Perkins answered a question via Twitter and stated the year was 1492 DR. Corroborating this, Dragon Heist page 20 refers to events of Death Masks (set in 1491 DR) as being "last year". Unless a canon source contradicts this assertion, this wiki will use 1492 DR for events related to this sourcebook and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (which is referenced on pages 5 and 98 of Dragon Heist).

Appearances[]

Adventures
Undermountain: StardockWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad MageStardock Under Seige
Video Games
Referenced only
Baldur's Gate III

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 209, 214. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 M. T. Black, Shawn Merwin (2018). Stardock Under Siege (DDEP08-02) (PDF). D&D Adventurers League: Waterdeep (Wizards of the Coast), p. 76.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Steven E. Schend (January 1997). Undermountain: Stardock. Edited by Bill Olmesdahl. (TSR, Inc.), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-0451-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dale "slade" Henson (April 1991). Realmspace. Edited by Gary L. Thomas, Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 1-56076-052-4.
  5. Steven E. Schend (January 1997). Undermountain: Stardock. Edited by Bill Olmesdahl. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 5, 11. ISBN 0-7869-0451-8.
  6. Steven E. Schend (January 1997). Undermountain: Stardock. Edited by Bill Olmesdahl. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 26–31. ISBN 0-7869-0451-8.
  7. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 217. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Steven E. Schend (January 1997). Undermountain: Stardock. Edited by Bill Olmesdahl. (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 0-7869-0451-8.
  9. Steven E. Schend (January 1997). Undermountain: Stardock. Edited by Bill Olmesdahl. (TSR, Inc.), p. 2. ISBN 0-7869-0451-8.
  10. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  11. M. T. Black, Shawn Merwin (2018). Stardock Under Siege (DDEP08-02) (PDF). D&D Adventurers League: Waterdeep (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 4, 76.
  12. M. T. Black, Shawn Merwin (2018). Stardock Under Siege (DDEP08-02) (PDF). D&D Adventurers League: Waterdeep (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 4, 38.
  13. M. T. Black, Shawn Merwin (2018). Stardock Under Siege (DDEP08-02) (PDF). D&D Adventurers League: Waterdeep (Wizards of the Coast), p. 38.
  14. Larian Studios (October 2020). Designed by Swen Vincke, et al. Baldur's Gate III. Larian Studios.
  15. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 215. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.

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