Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Critic-Woman. A Dark Sun Fable

The Shadow King of Nibenay and the Forest Goddess of Gulg were having an argument about the possibility of a creature changing it's nature. Nibenay said "Yes," but the Oba said, "No." So, to test his theory, Nibenay turned a critic into a young woman. He gave her to a citizen of his city and ordered them to be wed. The wedding was performed that very day and a feast was held afterward.
"See," Nibenay said to the Oba, "She behaves well. Who could tell that she was a critic yesterday? Obviously, her nature has changed."
"Wait." replied the Oba, and she released a cricket into the room.
The bride saw the cricket and jumped up from her seat to catch it.
"Now you see," said the Oba, "nature will triumph."

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dark Sun Paper Miniatures 02

I'm out of town for work and my books are out of reach. I did not want to leave my tens of readers high and dry, so I'm posting another set of paper miniatures. The last set seemed rather popular, so I hope these are welcome as well. They are set to proper scale if using a battlemat with 1" x 1" squares.
These Miniatures are rather simple and fold into a tent. You can add extra weight by taping a penny to the bottom. Download the PDF.

Here we have hunting cactus, cilops, gorak, crodlu, dwarf, and a couple more gith, because you can never have too many gith. I also included a campfire tile, because I find it useful. Enjoy my friends.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Aerial Servant

There are many creatures for the various monstrous manuals that have been officially added to Dark Sun. I added some unofficially for my game and I'm sure a lot of other DMs do the same.
There is no inherent problem with this, although the flavor text often doesn't fit with the Dark Sun setting. My goal is to list the various monsters that "don't fit" and rewrite their flavor text to make them fit.
In this, I am using the Elemental War theory I have written about in the past and is mentioned briefly in Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. I have included their stats for ease of reference.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Session Twenty-Four: Darkness is Their Ally

Cloud Ray by Thomas Baxa
Note: For those unfamiliar with Dark Sun, psionics are called the Will for wild talents and the Way for trained psionicists.

Vashti shouted to the passing humans, asking what was wrong. Most of the humans ignored her, but one pointed up. As the group looked, the remaining rays of the sun were obscured. They saw a two hundred foot long creature floating through the sky. Shade shouted that it was a cloud ray.
Kalino and Julius ran back into the canyon they had just emerged from. Alaxander jogged after them, while deepening the shadows in the canyon with the way.
Vashti struggled to turn the wagon around and Shade fired some arrows at the gigantic ray. The arrows were stopped by the creatures natural telekinetic defenses. Spike barked, but couldn't reach anything so high. Jamil held his axe ready and questioned whether this was a fight they could win.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Athasian Elemental Planes Part Six: The Plane of Magma

The Paraelemental Plane of Magma

A churning mass of molten stone forms an ocean of lava that spews acid and poison into the air. Jagged crags made of obsidian and basalt rise out of the magma and reach for the endless toxic sky. Anyone who travels to this plane unprepared will not live long to regret it.
Long ago, the Paraelemental Plane of Magma was small and lazily drifted toward the Planes of Earth and Fire. The inhabitants of the plane were content to wade and swim leisurely through the molten stone. Now, huge storms that form cyclones of magma and acid rain rage across the plane; while the inhabitants of the plane howl in madness and cry for the destruction of all that will feed their plane.

Hazards

The largest pits of lava on Athas cannot compare to the destructive might of the Paraelemental Plane of Magma. The heat and pressure of the liquid stone are sure to burn and crush anything that enters it. A simple protection from fire spell would not protect a visitor from the crushing pressure or toxic gas.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dark Sun Paper Miniatures 01

These Miniatures are rather simple and fold into a tent. You can add extra weight by taping a penny to the bottom. Let me know if more of these would be of interest to anyone.
Download the PDF

Here we have gith, dune reapers, and some jhakar. I wasn't originally going to share these, as I use them for my personal use, but I thought someone might like them.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Tigone and The Snake. A Dark Sun Fable.

My eight year old son came up with this fable.

A tigone was hunting in the scrub plains and happened upon a snake. The snake was unaware of the tigone and soon found himself in the jaws of the great cat. The tigone had grabbed the snake close to its head and the snake was unable to twist and bite the tigone.
"Please!" Begged the snake, "If you release me, I'll help you hunt and together was can kill something much larger than me. I am, after all, quite small."
This sounded good to the tigone and the snake did look quite small. The tigone released the snake and agreed. The snake immediately bit the tigone on its leg and injected its venom into the cat.
The tigone cried out, "Why, when I spared your life?"
The snake slithered away laughing as the tigone died.