Thursday, February 13, 2020

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Bonesnapper

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.

Bonesnapper


Bonesnapper Bonesnapper, Spitter
Climate/Terrain Forest, Rocky Badlands Forest, Rocky Badlands
Frequency Rare Very Rare
Organization Solitary Solitary
Activity Cycle Day Day
Diet Carnivore Carnivore
Intelligence Non- (0) Non- (0)
Treasure C C
Alignment Neutral Neutral
No. Appearing 1-3 1
Armor Class 4 4
Movement 6 6
Hit Dice 4 5
Thac0 17 16
No. of Attacks 2 2
Damage/ Attack 1-8/1-4 1-8/1-4
Special Attack Nil Poison Spit
Special Defense Nil Nil
Magic Resistance Nil Nil
Size M (5' tall) M (5' tall)
Morale Special Special
XP Value 120 270

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hegbo

It was pointed out to me by Rovewin of Athas.org, that the hegbo is mentioned in the Ivory Triangle boxed set and Veiled Alliance sourcebook. However, they are not drawn up in any of the books. So, in an effort to rectify the situation, I have created the hegbo below.



Stats after the jump.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Session Thirty Two: A New Friend in Urik

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

The group was sitting in the Blue Kank, talking about what they should do the next day. They decided that they were not feeling well enough to journey out of the protection of Urik. A jovial man, with a square cut beard and colorful blue and gold robes, walked up the group's table. He asked Shade, the one with the nicest clothes, if Julius, the one in rags, was for sale.
Shade told him that Julius was not a slave, but was curious how much he was worth. Julius protested loudly. The man chuckled and asked Shade if Julius had any special skills. Julius protested again. The group, with the exception of Julius, all started laughing when Shade said Julius did have special skills, as a pleasure slave. The man offered Shade three silver, but was obviously joking.
Julius pointed out that he couldn't be sold, unless the man had a merchant's license. The man informed them that he did have such a license. They then told him about the bone broadswords they got from the bandits and the bone short swords Julius had crafted. The man invited them to go to his stall in the merchant quarter the following day. He explained that the stall was blue and gold, like his robe. The group agreed to meet him and the man walked away.
The group started teasing Alaxander about his good looks, saying that he'd sell for more. Vashti thought selling Alaxander and then having him teleport back to the group was a good idea. Alaxander explained that if the slave taker discovered that Alaxander could use the way, they'd put an obsidian circlet on his head and he'd be really trapped. Julius said that it was worth the risk and everyone laughed.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Dark Sun Trading Cards 17

Back in the early nineties, TSR released a series of trading cards. There were some Dark Sun card included, so I decided to hunt them down and post them here. They might be useful or just a novelty, but I hope they're enjoyable.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Purple Scorpion

It was pointed out to me by Rovewin of Athas.org, that purple scorpions are mentioned in the Revised Dark Sun setting book. However, they are not drawn up in any of the books. So, in an effort to rectify the situation, I have created a purple scorpion below.




Stats after the jump.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dark Sun Trading Cards 16

Back in the early nineties, TSR released a series of trading cards. There were some Dark Sun card included, so I decided to hunt them down and post them here. They might be useful or just a novelty, but I hope they're enjoyable.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Session Thirty One: On Athas, Plants Eat You

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

After burying Spike, the group trudged on. They were all severely wounded, but they didn't have much choice. They were close to Urik and had to press on.
Vashti had gathered the fallen ambushers money and bone broadswords. Khalil recognized the ceramics as Draji coins. He explained, weakly, that House Tsalaxa was based in Draj. Vashti asked if the men were hired by House Tsalaxa and Khalil said it was likely, but that they couldn't prove it.
Vultures descended on the battlefield after they left and a few trailed the caravan for a couple of hours. When it was obvious that no one else was going to drop dead, the vultures left the area. The group was happy to see them go.
 They stumbled on for hours in silence, Khalil being too exhausted to talk, and nothing bothered the caravan. The entire caravan was thankful, as there were so many injured they didn't know how good of a defense they could muster. As the caravan leaders handed out the evening rations, they praised the guards for saving the caravan. The group ate in silence and quickly went to bed, except for Julius, who took the first watch.