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The Astromundi Cluster, also known as the Shattered Sphere or Clusterspace, is an isolated crystal sphere that is home to the ASTROMUNDI CLUSTER Campaign Setting.[1]

Overview[]

The Astromundi Cluster is unique among crystal spheres in that it lacks planetary-sized masses. Instead, the Cluster is filled with planetoids, asteroid belts, man-made habitats and other interesting features. Isolated and secluded, the Cluster is not a forgiving place; ships that enter Clusterspace sometimes never leave, unable to escape from a crystal sphere that was more than willing to let them in. On top of that, there are a number of different power groups within the Astromundi Cluster, each with its own goals and means of achieving its ends.[4][5]

Map of the Known Spheres

Location[]

Clusterspace is a free floating crystal sphere in the Flow, and has connections to Realmspace, Greyspace, and Krynnspace.[6]

Celestial bodies[]

The Astromundi Cluster is a heliocentric system, with the system primary, a fire body known as Firefall, lying at the center of the sphere and orbited by thousands upon thousands of celestial objects, including a variety of asteroids, planetoids, comets and nebulae.[4] Below are listed the major asteroid fields and the more notable colonies, and their satellites.[7]

Firefall (Sun)[]

Main article: Firefall

Firefall is the primary sun of Clusterspace, and is a size I cluster of variously colored fire bodies. It is named for its unique configuration of rising and falling spheres of flame.[8]

Islands of the Sun[]

Main article: Islands of the Sun

The asteroid belt known as the Islands of the Sun is located between the Cluster's two suns. Since the location is intolerably hot, most believe that only fire elementals and the like could live there, but rumors persist that the Sun Mages have built magically protected fortresses here as a fallback position in case they need to retreat during times of war.[8]

Denaeb (Sun)[]

Main article: Denaeb

Denaeb is the secondary sun of the Astromundi Cluster, and is an exquisite sapphire-colored size G spherical fire body that has a steeply inclined orbit. The light from Denaeb is not as bright as that of the primary, but it is no less beautiful or inspiring.[8]

The Shakalman Group[]

Main article: Shakalman Group, The

The Shakalman Group is a size C cluster of earth bodies that, despite being nearly uninhabitable due to the extreme heat and lack of water, serves as an important Antilan ship-building facility, where they build their crystal ships and crystal citadels.[8][9]

Barukhaza[]

Main article: Barukhaza

Barukhaza is a size B irregular earth body that was at one time the most profitable mine in Clusterspace.[8][10]

The Golden Girdle[]

Main article: Golden Girdle, The

The Golden Girdle is the center of the Antilan Empire. The richest and most hospitable asteroid belt in Clusterspace, it boasts plentiful natural resources, including water, sunlight, and plenty of earth to build and farm on. To further cement their power within the Girdle, the Antilans have constructed three artificial worlds which orbit in a triangular formation around the primary, named Kashimar, Tan-Sharm, and the Imperial capital, Mu-Thalak.[11][12]

The Tumara Cloud[]

Main article: Tumara Cloud, The

The Tumara Cloud is a size C irregular air nebula that serves as an Antilan naval base, where they build and repair their crystal ships.[13]

Malishan[]

Main article: Malishan

Malishan is a size C cluster of water and earth bodies used by the Antilans as a watering post and staging area for local invasions.[13]

Dumovian[]

Main article: Dumovian

Dumovian is a size D cluster of earth bodies used by the Sun Mages to breed slaves.[13]

Mordan[]

Main article: Mordan

Mordan is a size G spherical air body that has three major moons, named Sharya, Thuma, and Iatan.[13]

Shaseogan[]

Main article: Shaseogan

Shaseogan is a size A irregular earth body and is used by the neogi to monopolize trade with the Inner Ring.[13][14]

The Inner Ring[]

The Inner Ring is a heavily-populated asteroid belt at the heart of the Astromundi Cluster. Virtually every known race is represented here in some form (with the notable exception of the beholders), and trade is fast and furious. By universal agreement, open hostilities is banned within the Inner Ring.[13][15][7]

Iliman[]

Main article: Iliman

Iliman is a size B irregular water body that is littered with neogi temples and settlements.[16]

Chakarak[]

Main article: Chakarak

Chakarak is a size B irregular earth body, and is a newly established dwarven colony.[17][18]

The Varan Group[]

Main article: Varan Group, The

The Varan Group is a size D cluster of earth bodies. As one of the largest terrestrial bodies in the Cluster, the Group is home to a number of Varan warlords, and various illithid fortresses and/or outposts.[17]

Ushathrandra[]

Main article: Ushathrandra

Ushathrandra is a size F spherical air body that is held stationary by powerful magic cast by the illithids. The gas giant has three moons, named Darkwatch, Talos, and Ilimandara, that are kept frozen in place in the eternal shadow cast by the planet, and serve as the seat of the illithid empire.[17][19]

Deyomad[]

Main article: Deyomad

Deyomad is a size F spherical air body surrounded by a dense ring system, and is the home-world of the various beholder races.[17]

The Glacier[]

Main article: The Glacier

The Glacier is an asteroid belt primarily composed of frozen ice and cold earth bodies. The Calidians have established a few trade cities, and export water to colonies where there is a shortage.[17]

The Dark Group[]

Main article: Dark Group, The

The Dark Group is composed of five size C asteroid clusters that are all that remain of one of the worlds destroyed in the First Cataclysm. The Dark Group asteroid clusters are named Achemon, Torin, Khel, Lumura, and Mitiar.[17][20]

Calimar[]

Main article: Calimar

Calimar is a size G spherical air body that has three moons of considerable size, named Sultamar, Calamed and Amaron.[17][21]

Thandilan[]

Main article: Thandilan

Thandilan is a size C spherical earth body, where the Calidians have established a prosperous farming kingdom.[22]

Boyarny[]

Main article: Boyarny

Boyarny is a size C cluster of earth bodies that is used by the Varan and their Thoric partners as a trading post.[22][23]

Sargasso of Skulls[]

Main article: Sargasso of Skulls

The Sargasso of Skulls is a size D magic-dead zone obscured by purplish clouds and surrounded by a ring of strange skulls which define its perimeter.[22]

Avarien[]

Main article: Avarien

Avarien is a size C cluster of tangled vines and clods of earth. This liveworld is home to a large settlement of reclusive elves.[22][24]

Tronsogard[]

Main article: Tronsogard

Tronsogard is a size B cluster of earth bodies and is a remote Thoric settlement inhabited mostly by explorers and traders.[22]

Drachengard[]

Main article: Drachengard

Drachengard is a size C cluster of water bodies, and is a remote Thoric settlement that has become a haven for adventurers and other mercenaries.[22][25]

Trinona[]

Main article: Trinona

Trinona is a size F spherical air body with two tenuous ring systems and a large moon named Netune. The Grand Duchy of Trinona's staggering success and hardy defenses has quickly made it one of the Calidian mercantile powerhouses.[22]

Cerekazadh[]

Main article: Cerekazadh

Cerekazadh is a size C irregular earth body, and is the largest dwarven nation in the Cluster. The entire surface has been covered with fortifications and living quarters for non-dwarves in order to encourage trade between the various races.[26][27]

Ssthakal[]

Main article: Ssthakal

Ssthakal is a size B cluster of water bodies, and is home to a settlement of lizard men.[26]

Giltiond[]

Main article: Giltiond

Giltiond is a size B liveworld made up of a single huge vine growing around numerous asteroids and sizable balls of ice.[26]

The Maw[]

The Maw is a size B adult murderoid, and is classified as a liveworld.[28]

Ironport[]

Main article: Ironport

Ironport is a size A pyramid-shaped earth body that is used by the neogi as a trade base.[28][29]

The Great Belt[]

Main article: Great Belt, The

The Great Belt is a heavily populated asteroid belt composed of earth, water and ice bodies.[28]

Isle of Banshees[]

The Isle of Banshees is a size A irregular earth body inhabited solely by undead sailors who perished while spelljamming within the Shattered Sphere.[28][30]

Doromakhad[]

Main article: Doromakhad

Doromakhad is a size B irregular earth body that is home to a small dwarven mining colony which was recently attacked by bizarre, amoeboid creatures.[28]

Khalzan[]

Main article: Khalzan

Khalzan is a size C irregular water body and is the largest settlement of lizard men in Clusterspace.[28][31]

Dalmania[]

Main article: Dalmania

Dalmania is a size B irregular earth body and is home to a Calidian city-state which is one of the dominant powers in the outer regions of Clusterspace.[28][32]

Hatha[]

Main article: Hatha

Hatha is a size B irregular ice body that is home to a handful of Thoric settlers who make their living by hunting the fur-bearing animals who share the iceball with them.[28][33]

Highport[]

Main article: Highport

Highport is a size A irregular earth body, and is the only Arcane-held spaceport in the Shattered Sphere.[34][35]

The Fringe[]

Main article: Fringe, The

The Fringe is a sparsely populated asteroid belt.[34]

The Shtokan Nebula[]

Main article: Shtokan Nebula, The

The Shtokan Nebula is a size D star-fish shaped nebula, composed primarily of water vapor and poisonous gases, and orbiting the primary perpendicular to the ecliptic.[34]

Crystal Sphere[]

The crystal sphere that encapsulates Clusterspace is a very strange one. From within, the sphere is resistant to any spells that could be used to open portals to the Flow, but the shell can be breached simply by touching it with a living spelljamming craft, such as those used by the elves. These living ships may pass through the sphere's inner surface with no difficulty, but no other ship can, even if towed by a living ship. Note that there is no other way to exit the crystal sphere. From the Phlogiston, the Cluster's crystal sphere is as easy to pass through as a wall of mist. Ships approaching the crystal sphere can pass through quickly and with no difficulty, only to find they cannot escape.[36]

The Constellations[]

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Constellations of the Astromundi Cluster


The Astromundi Cluster has a number of unique constellations which move around the interior of the sphere in a precise and ordered manner. Each of the constellations is made up of several brilliant stars, which are actually pillars of intense magical flames, mounted on top of towers that are propelled along the interior of the crystal sphere by unknown means. The age of the pillars and their means of creation is a mystery, though it is believed the constellations are the work of the gods and are as old as the Cluster itself.

The major constellations are arranged along the ecliptic, in a flat plane inline with the primary sun, Firefall. These constellations represent the thirteen deities of Clusterspace, and time within the Astromundi Cluster is measured by their movements. Each constellation moves a fixed distance during an Astromundi month, measured in relation to Firefall and the planets. Days are measured by the intensity of the constellation, which varies in eight hour cycles. During the morning watch, the constellations are exceedingly dim, and barely visible. They brighten over a period of eight hours, until they are nearly as bright as the secondary sun, Denaeb. At this time, the constellations begin to dim once more, going out altogether by the beginning of the Dark Watch.[34]

The thirteen constellations, in calendar order, are: Pyrax, Munigur, Gelanicus, Seltaine, Hordent, Tradifos, Yul, Fiira, Chodak, Regis, Wajek, Sstasa, and Lugribossk.[34]

Additional Astronomicals[]

Phalangilon[]

Main article: Phalangilon

Phalangilon is a size A irregular earth body, and is one of a handful of living asteroids within the Astromundi Cluster.[37]

Appendix[]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster, 1993, (TSR Inc.), ISBN 1-56076-632-8
  2. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster, 1993, (TSR Inc.), ISBN 1-56076-632-8, Planetary Display Map poster
  3. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), Clusterspace chapter, Planetary Movement section, page 5
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, pages 14-20
  5. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Factions of the Shattered Sphere section, page 7
  6. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster, 1993, (TSR Inc.), ISBN 1-56076-632-8, Map of the Known Spheres reference card
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster, 1993, (TSR Inc.), ISBN 1-56076-632-8, Primary Asteroids Chart reference card
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 20
  9. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, The Shakalman Group section, pages 73-77
  10. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Barukhaza section, pages 21-23
  11. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, pages 19-20
  12. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, The Golden Girdle section, pages 42-45
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 19
  14. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Shaseogan section, pages 77-79
  15. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, The Inner Ring section, pages 51-58
  16. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, pages 18-19
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 18
  18. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Chakarak section, pages 31-34
  19. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Ushathrandra and Moons section, pages 79-83
  20. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, The Dark Group section, pages 38-41
  21. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Calimar section, pages 26-29
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 17
  23. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Boyarny section, pages 23-25
  24. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Avarien section, pages 18-20
  25. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Drachengard section, pages 41-42
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 16
  27. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Cerekazadh section, pages 29-31
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 15
  29. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Ironport section, pages 59-60
  30. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Isle of Banshees section, pages 62-69
  31. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Khalzan section, pages 69-70
  32. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Dalmania section, pages 36-38
  33. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Hatha section, pages 45-46
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Astrogator's Guide, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Astromundi Cluster chapter, Celestial Features section, page 14
  35. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Highport section, pages 46-51
  36. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), Clusterspace chapter, The Crystal Sphere section, page 3
  37. Sam Witt, The Astromundi Cluster: The Celestial Almanac, 1993, (TSR Inc.), The Almanac chapter, Phalangilon section, pages 70-73

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