The Star Tree is an ancient plant, so named for the magical glow it produces from hundreds of buds on the tips of its branches. The glow is at its brightest on clear nights with a full moon.
The tree stands at the exact epicenter of an area where the border between the Material plane and the Feywild is extremely thin. Whether the Star Tree is the cause or the result of this phenomenon is unclear, but it is said that even the most novice spellcaster can open a gate to the plane of faerie if they are close enough to the tree.
The species is exceedingly rare, even on its native plane of the Feywild. How and why this specimen came to exist on the Material plane is the subject of much debate, but the tree is widely accepted to be many tens of thousands of years old, having remained unchanged since its discovery by the founders of the Élalda family countless generations ago. The elves built their homestead to encompass it, claiming both its power and the responsibility of protecting it. Today, it stands in a sacred atrium at the very heart of the elven stronghold Nightsky, protected by many guards and much powerful magic. Only a handful of people alive today have ever seen the tree.