Sharn Inquisitive06/19/2006

Last Starwind Sailor Dies at 184
News for Nymm 8th, 998

Last Starwind Sailor Dies at 184

STORMHOME—Corvin d’Lyrandar, the last surviving member of the famed Starwind airship voyage, died on Zor surrounded by family at his residence in Stormhome. He was 184.

One of the fourteen crew members that returned with the battered airship in 814 YK, d’Lyrandar later served his house throughout the Last War, eventually captaining the Countess Karlia, an elemental galleon that plied the Bitter Sea. He retired from the seas when the Last War ended, family members said.

But his fame was set when the badly listing Starwind reappeared over the skies of Sharn in 841. The Starwind was believed lost at sea after a hurricane struck the western coast of Khorvaire in 839.

But Captain Tessian d’Lyrandar told a wondrous tale of his airship being sucked into a vortex leading to strange lands beyond Eberron. Fictionalized versions of Tessian’s logbook started turning up shortly after the Starwind’s return, becoming something of a literary genre unto themselves in the mid-850s.

The actual logbooks remain under lock and key with House Lyrandar, but public statements from Tessian indicate that the Starwind visited multiple lands of “surpassing strangeness” and also visited each of Eberron’s known continents, if only briefly.

Captain Tessian d’Lyrandar died in battle with pirates in 880. His will included extensive provisions for splitting the “recovered booty of the Starwind voyage.” Responding to hundreds of inquiries from treasure-seekers, House Lyrandar elders said that the Starwind’s hold was empty when it returned. Furthermore, the airship’s logs gave no indication of a discovered treasure.

Asked about Tessian’s will last year, Corvin d’Lyrandar dismissed it as “Just a joke. There’s no ‘treasure of Starwind,’ that’s for sure. We saw a lot of strange things, but nothing that would make us rich. In any case, the House would get the treasure, not us.”

With no direct descendants, Corvin d’Lyrandar’s estate will be auctioned within the House next month.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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