(population: 40,000) Located deep within the Melinar Forest, Astrakan; meaning 'Circle of Stars' in elvish, is the capital of the elven nation of Melinarë.

Dating back to the First Age, this ancient city is situated on the eastern banks of the Anglarand River.

The city is surrounded by a natural barrier of trees and ferns that are impregnable to elvish foes.

In the center of the city is the fabulous Starlight Palace; home to both the Honorarium; the temple of elvish heroes of Corwyn, and the Adamantine Throne; seat of the High-Elven Kings.

Astrakan is accessible via the Forest Road which runs east to Whitehurst, and the Silvar Road, which runs east to Alathar and west to Silvany.