Stars of Al-Ashtara

Author(s):Brian Richburg & Alison Joy Schafer
Game EMail:omg DOT geekgirl AT gmail DOT com
Melanie "Tyrwll" Saunders    mellyduckie AT hotmail DOT com
Alison Joy "BATMAN!" Schafer    omg DOT geekgirl AT gmail DOT com
Adina Schreiber    adinatschreiber AT gmail DOT com
Organization:Lovers & Madmen
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Male Characters:Min: 15 / Max: 15
Female Characters:Min: 10 / Max: 10
Neutral Characters:Min: 0 / Max: 0
Total Characters: Min: 25 / Max: 25
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Just beyond the next dune on the Eastern horizon rises the gleaming city of Al-Ashtara, renowned for its exotic wares and exquisite tastes. There are whispers; however, that the Caliphate might be starting to unravel - a fact which has not escaped the notice of those who wish to take advantage of the weakening rule. Friend and foe alike cast their eyes towards the night skies, looking to read their destinies in the stars...and perhaps find the means to change their own fate.

Enter a world where allegiances shift like the desert sands; where the schemes are as intricate as the silks; and in the bustling marketplace, the only thing more elusive than the sweet smell of incense on the desert breeze is the band of thieves slipping between the merchants' stalls. The Stars of Al-Ashtara illuminate the enchantment, mystery, and danger that await you in an Arabian bazaar-where everyone has a secret.

Stars of Al-Ashtara is a traditional theater-styled larp of dark intrigue, high romance, politics, secrets, wonder, danger, and more that brings together larger-than-life characters of all walks of life. This larp is inspired by both the historical time period and as many of the plots from the 1001 Nights stories as we could fit in.


  • The legends that form the basis for this LARP are heavily steeped in romance. Most characters will have one or more romantic connections.
  • The game will feature a mix of interpersonal roleplay, adventures, mysteries, and political intrigue.
  • This game will contain some magic, mystery, academic research, and enchantments. These will generally take the form of clockwork devices, alchemy, astronomical prophecies, and perhaps a cave of wonder.
  • If the stars align unfavorably, there may be character death. Should this happen, it will not occur until the very end.
  • All characters are gendered and players are encouraged to sign up for the gender character they wish to experience.
  • Religion will not be a focus of this this LARP.
  • Content warnings: Arranged or forced marriages, societal restrictions, slavery, violence, and tragic/doomed love.

    Player Communications
    Players will be asked to complete a casting form and the game and sheets will be distributed well before intercon.

    Saunders, Melanie

    Treecat scribe.

    Schafer, Alison Joy


    Apart from that, I write and run many LARPS with Brian Richburg under our Lovers & Madmen name - you've probably seen us in the Friday night lineup for most of the past decade. My games have included: Kingsword, Thicker than Water (with Kristen Patten), Venezia, Devil to Pay, Mayfair in the Colonies, Stars of Al-Ashtara, Redemption, and Elanthia.

    As a player, both IC and OOC, I am a villain. Just kidding, I'm totally nice. Please trust me in our next game together.

    Fire and Blood!

    Schreiber, Adina

    NEIL board member, editor for Game Wrap (NEIL's publication), Proposal Com member, raffle coordinator, NELCO helper-outer. LARP blogger. Boffer and theater enthusiast, amateur costumer and set dresser, costume diva, Accelerant fangirl. Poison/fairy type Pokémon.

    LARP magis LARP optimum.