The description of the Robe of Stars is a little vague on the astral travel aspect:

While you wear the robe, you can use an action to enter the Astral Plane along with everything you are wearing and carrying. You remain there until you use an action to return to the plane you were on. You reappear in the last space you occupied, or if that space is occupied, the nearest unoccupied space.

First of all - can you move at all? Does "you remain there" mean in that one spot and you cannot move? Or does it just mean you remain on the Astral Plane?

If you can move, can you leave the Astral Plane in any other way?

Once I have entered the Astral Plane using the Robe of Stars, what happens if I travel to another plane using a Color Pool? Can I still use an action to return to the Material Plane from the new plane? Or does that only work from the Astral Plane?

And if I leave and then re-enter the Astral Plane through other means (e.g. Gate or Plane Shift), can I use the Robe to return to the original spot I used it from?


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This requires interpretation by your DM

The text you quote is the entirety of rules text for the item, so if it is ambiguous how to handle it, your DM will have to make a ruling on it. To cite Xanathar's Guide to Everything, page 5:

Here's the path the game takes: it lays a foundation of rules that a DM can build on, and it embraces the DM's role as the bridge between the things the rules address and the things they don't.

To your first question, what "you remain there" means -- I think this part is pretty clear. The robe transports you to the astral plane in general, not a specific location of the astral plane, so "there" just refers to the astral plane, not a specific location of the astral plane, and this only means you remain on the astral plane.

The second question is if you can leave by other means, or if "you remain there" means you are trapped there and can only leave by using an action with the robe, or if the sentence just aims to express that you can use an action to return. This is less clear. The robe transports you to the astral plane, and can transport you back, it does not say that you cannot leave, only that you remain (that is are not returned) "until you use an action to return"; the issue for this reading is that the "You remain there until" part of the clause would not be required, the item could just state "You can use an action to return". As you could argue either way, this is not clear, and your DM must rule on it. I would rule that you can return by other means, too.

Then lastly, if you allow the caster to leave, what happens if they use the second action? I think if they left by some other means, they did not remain there, and as they only can use that action when they "remain there until you use an action", they cannot use that action. If they return to the astral by some other means, it's even less clear if they then could use it. They have not really remained there. I'd probably rule that you can only return if you had not left, but this is certainly also so ambiguous that you need to ask your DM.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I started an answer and never got to finish/post it, but it was basically this. I concur and would rule the same way. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 15, 2022 at 20:58

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