Big Mac wrote:Has Dark Stone ever featured in any other product?
Is it a village from pre-existing Greyhawk canon or something new to these articles?
Have any of the Living Greyhawk regions used Dark Stone?
Has this village returned for any other web articles or articles in Dragon or Dungeon magazine?
I suspect the answer is 'no' in all cases. As the article said, it's just meant to be a setting for random encounters. It's noteworthy that dune stalkers are usually found in the Bright Desert, though, so it'd make some sense to put Dark Stone relatively nearby, perhaps in the Duchy of Urnst, near Hardby, or in Nyrond near the Nesser River, so that the mooncalf wouldn't have to go far to recruit it. It could also be in the Bright Desert itself. The village of Kalundi near the Brass Hills is similar enough and has "lun" in its name, which makes me think of Luna. The amphitheatre could have been built by Rary or Robilar, or it could have been constructed by the ancient Sulmites thousands of years before.
There was an "Ecology of the Mooncalf" in Dragon #340, reprinted in Dragon: Monster Ecologies
. According to it, mooncalves don't actually originate on moons, but from greater monsters in deep space. However, you could easily encounter one on a moon. The moongods created the mooncalves because they're unable to exist within planetary atmospheres, so mooncalves act as avatars who can act on their behalf. Thus, one would expect to see mooncalves on Luna (and in the Grinder), but they might be unnecessary on Celene, which is a voidworld.
Big Mac wrote:Which of Oerth's two moons would be most appropriate to tie into an article like this? Does either of them have a lycanthrope tie-in that implies its light has an influence on Oerth?
According to the Glossography
in the World of Greyhawk
boxed set, "Most lycanthropes have their were-cycles linked to the cycles of Luna only. However, 1 of 10 lycanthropes are affected only by Celene, and another 10% are affected by either moon."
The moonrat adventure you linked to mentions that the previous full moon was "last month," which points to Luna. Luna is full every month, while Celene is full only four times a year. I'd assume that there are groups of moonrats tied to Celene instead of Luna, though; perhaps the 1 in 10 figure given for lycanthropes would also work for them. Either way Midsummer's Night, when both moons are full, would be a bad time for those who fear moonrats.