Greyhawk 636 CY: The Rise of Asmodeus
Constellations of Greyhawk
Constellations of The Flaness
The Eternal Dancers
This is a constellation of a boxlike set of none starts, within the center is a trinary star with a small intensely bright start that seems to orbit the center fixed point star. There is a third dim star that can only be seen on the occasions when it eclipses the bright star in its orbit of the main object.
The ancient Flan looked at this as a representation of the Eternal Dance of Beory, Pelor and Nerull. Flan creation myth talks about when Oerth (Beory) came into being she was alone in the darkness. As Pelor shined forth for the first time he saw her beauty and they began to dance. At the same moment of Pelor’s awakening it made night possible and Nerull arose and also fell in love with Beory and cut in on the dance. Beory loved them both because in a way they were aspects of each other (This was before Nerull lost his sanity). She decided she would dance half the time with Pelor and half with Nerull; creating day and night, growth and decay, life and death.
The Hidden Key
In the middle of a field of stars…very difficult to find lies the six star constellation of The Hidden Key. Sacred to Dalt this constellation was created when he stole the necklace of Wee Jas to teach her a lesson. Dalt took her necklace and then hid the key to its location. This constellation is the easiest way to find the constellation The Necklace of Wee Jas. Since the field of stars is easy to find and the necklace to the south is hard to see at times. Some say there is a mystical connection that one can not see the necklace without finding the key. There is something to that since once the necklace is seen it is far more brilliant than the key.
The Necklace of Wee Jas
A series of twenty starts that represent an ancient myth. Long ago, during a time when Wee Jas was mad at Nerebo she began a relationship with Dalt, the god of locks and portals. This was shortly after the Twin Cataclysms but before the settlement of the Barbarians and isles. Dalt stole her favorite necklace in an attempt to get her to focus on things other than her seething anger at Nerebo. This resulted in her chasing him for three years through various trials and adventures that helped her learn patience and a respect for the god of portals. The myth ends in a brief relationship between the two that results in the birth of the goddess Leara. In a larger sense the event helped Wee Jas come to terms with her new role as a goddess of death, the core of which she lays plans to transfer to her daughter over time.
The brightest star in the sky. The Beacon always points the way north and with it as a lynchpin travelers can always find their way. That is…almost always. There have been magical incidents of the Beacon moving to show where an event of great importance is or to lead heroes or lost travelers home, even when the location is not north.
The Frost Giant’s March
A constellation that tells the story of the Ice, Snow and Frost Barbarian’s stand against the Frost Giants when they came to their new lands. This series of 50 stars is divided into three giants and five barbarians locked in combat. It is the brightest in the North but can be seen best in lower areas in the dead of winter.
The Door of Leara
One of the newest constellations it hovers above Hollowfaust at the site where Leara finally claimed her godhood. Some say the door has increased the necromantic ability of the Speakers of the Dead in the city to lay the suffering to rest and resolve their sorrows. The Constellation is made up of 7 stars.
This constellation is made up of eleven stars and seems to rotate in a circle as the seasons pass. With the proper knowledge a person can use the tip of the arrow to tell the time of year.
A series of six stars that form a songbird from the ancient legend of how Lydia brought songs to the people.
This constellation is a set of five stars that represent the forge of the dwarven creator. It is brightest in the winter and some say it can be seen once every several hundred years to blaze with light for a season. In that time great things can happen for the Dwarven people.
The Brothers’ Combat
A complex series of 40 star that show Hextor and Heironeous in combat. It can be seen in the sky in the fall but is most visible in the area of Rauxes at high autumn. In the spring and summer it seems Heironeous is winning, in the fall and winter than Hextor triumphs.
The Web of Istus
The most sacred constellation to the followers of fate. This web is always visible. Some strange folk say it is the sky’s version of Tovag Baragu and ties all the stars together. It is a field of hundreds of stars clustered together. How one connected them in their mind can reveal the future, insights to difficulties and a greater understanding of fate. Some clerics of Istus have books on possible connections of the web and what they mean.
A constellation of 20 stars that form a cornucopia overflowing with food. Halflings can use it to gauge the success of crops for a year. It appears all year over Elmshire but is visible across the continent. Atmospheric conditions, or so it is believed, make it brighter when it is time to plant, it then grows dimmer and then returns to brightness at the time of perfect harvest.
Ranet’s Crown of Fire
Seven bright stars form the shape of a symmetrical flame burst. The legends say that this constellation appeared in the skies over the Suel Imperium shortly after Ranet’s murder by Pyremius. Followers of the goddess claimed that the stars are her last breath of life, though more skeptical Suel say the constellation was always there and they simply noticed the arbitrary pattern. Still, followers of Pyremius seem to experience odd bouts of bad luck when these stars are high in the sky. It is viewable during the hottest part of the summer months in the Western Flanaess. They are most noticeable from the areas around the Sea of Dust.
The Bitter Corpse
14 dim stars form the shape of a headless man kneeling on an executioner’s block. This strange form drifts in and out of shape, aligning perfectly for a few months every six years. The story goes that, before the Great Kingdom’s formation, an Ur-Flan priest was publicly executed by one of the Aerdi leaders. The priest cursed the man and all those who shared his blood to be plagued by terrible events. As he was beheaded, the body was consumed by dark energy and disappeared into the night sky, forming 14 new stars. This constellation is considered an ill omen, and has been linked, after the fact, to numerous terrible events throughout the Great Kingdom’s history. Ivid I’s rise to power was a few weeks off of the appearance of this constellation, and the transformation of Kargoth into a death knight occurred a month before. Most people dismiss this legend, but some of the more superstitious folks refuse to go outside without charms or other items to protect them from the star’s curse. This can be seen during the fall months over the former lands of the Great Kingdom.
The Great Dragons
This constellation is best seen over the Nyr Dyv and shows the two dragon gods, Bahamut and Tiamat circling each other in what some believe is anticipation of battle but most believe shows the advent of the dragon race. Legend says that occasionally a star falls from the field near this group and it is heralds a great intervention by one of the dragon gods. If this star can be found when it falls, tales tell of amazing magics that can be worked. There are many old legends of heroes and children in search of the fallen star.
The Dark Rider
A constellation that represents Incabulos, this is visible only during the dark of the moon due to the dimness of the starts that make it up.