Thursday, December 12, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Beetle

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, or make them more interesting.

Beetle

Death Watch Slicer Stink Water
Climate/Terrain Forest Ridge Forest Forest Any Land
Frequency Very Rare Rare Rare Uncommon
Organization Solitary Solitary Solitary Colony
Activity Cycle Any Any Any Day
Diet Carnivore Carnivore Carnivore Omnivore
Intelligence Animal (1) Non (0) Animal (1) Non (0)
Treasure Nil Nil Nil Nil
Alignment Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral
No. Appearing 1 1-3 1-3 1-100
Armor Class 3 3 5 10
Movement 12 6 3 1
Hit Dice 9 6 3+1 1 hp
Thac0 11 15 17 20
No. of Attacks 1 1 1 0
Damage/ Attack 3d4 2d8 1d6 0
Special Attack Death Rattle Dismemberment Stink Nil
Special Defense Camouflage Nil Nil Nil
Magic Resistance Nil Nil Nil Nil
Size M (5' long) S (3' long) S (3' long) T (1" long)
Morale Elite (13-14) Elite (13-14) Steady (11-12) None
XP Value 2,000 420 120 1

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Session Twenty-Eight: Truth is One, Paths are Many

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

Day 1, Week 2, Sedulous, Friend's Vengeance, 190th King's Age, High Sun

Kalino took the last watch outside of Serena's hut and was cooking breakfast when Jessel walked up to him. Kalino was surprised and nudged Julius awake with his foot, while greeting the half-giant. The commotion woke up Shade, who woke Alaxander.
They all greeted Jessel with half-hearted welcomes. They weren't sure if Jessel was still in the thrall of Abu. Julius asked Jessel to open his mind and allow him in. Jessel asked why and Julius explained that he wanted to make sure Jessel was not under magical compulsion. Jessel agreed and allowed him inside his mind. Julius read the surface thoughts of Jessel, while asking him questions.
It was clear to Julius that Jessel was still under Abu's spell, but since Abu was not there, he was not a danger to the group. He then asked what happened with Abu and Jessel was reluctant to speak of it out in the open. His thoughts, however, showed Julius a brief glimpse of the events that had transpired.
The rest of the group brought Vashti out from the hut, hoping there was something the earth cleric could do to help her. Julius was still processing what he had saw, as Jessel looked at the plant matter growing out of Vashti's side. Jessel was shocked and had no idea how to help her.
Julius asked Alaxander to use the way to silence the area around them, muffling their conversation. He excused the group from Jessel and informed them that Jessel should be fine, as long as Abu was not present. He aslso told them a story of templars, King Kalak, and a weeping monster. The group was surprised by the information and invited Jessel to tell them his story.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Dwarves of Athas Part Five: Settlements 5 (Foul Puddle)

Far to the north of the Tyr Region is a dwarven fortress that I have never had the opportunity to visit. I have heard stories from other traders about the dwarves there. They have constructed a fortress that protects them, and their oasis, from raiders. I have asked a human trader from Draj, Chimalli, to tell me about this particular group of dwarves.

The dwarves of Foul Puddle aren't a particularly friendly lot. And why should they be? They've endured quite a bit to hold onto their oasis. They've been building that fortress for the past two hundred years, they have to fight off a nearby elven raiding tribe constantly, all while drinking water from an oasis that smells like rotten erdlu eggs.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 11

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, November 28, 2019

Athasian Turkey

In honor of Thanksgiving, the United States holiday, I gave stats for the Athasian Turkey, which is mention in the Veiled Alliance sourcebook. Turkeys may seem an odd choice of animal to be present on Athas, but wild turkeys are actually quite cunning.
Turkey's are raised for food and feathers in the city-state of Draj. These turkeys have been domesticated and are far less dangerous than the wild turkey. Domestic turkeys are de-spurred when young, so it does not have a spur attack.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Turkey, Domestic Turkey, Wild
Climate/Terrain Scrub Plains, Verdant Belt Forest, Scrub Plains
Frequency Uncommon Uncommon
Organization Flock Flock
Activity Cycle Day Day
Diet Omnivore Omnivore
Intelligence Animal (1) Animal (1)
Treasure Nil Nil
Alignment Neutral Neutral
No. Appearing 3-60 1-12
Armor Class 8 8
Movement 9 12 fl 9
Hit Dice 1+3 3+3
Thac0 20 17
No. of Attacks 1 1
Damage/ Attack 1-4 1-6 or 1
Special Attack Nil Poison
Special Defense Nil Nil
Magic Resistance Nil Nil
Size S (4' + tall) S (3' + tall)
Morale Unreliable (2-4) Average (8-10)
XP Value 35 225

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 10

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, November 21, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Bear

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.
If you're looking for a polar bear, look elsewhere.

Bear

Black Brown Cave Horned
Climate/Terrain Forest, Hinterlands Forest Mountains, Rocky Badlands Any Land
Frequency Common Uncommon Uncommon Rare
Organization Family Family Family Family
Activity Cycle Day Day Day Day
Diet Omnivore Omnivore Omnivore Omnivore
Intelligence Semi (2-4) Semi (2-4) Semi (2-4) Semi (2-4)
Treasure Nil Nil Nil Nil
Alignment Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral
No. Appearing 1-3 1-6 1-2 1-3
Armor Class 7 6 6 4
Movement 12 12 12 14
Hit Dice 3+3 5+5 6+6 8+8
Thac0 17 15 13 11
No. of Attacks 3 3 3 4
Damage/ Attack 1-3/1-3/1-6 1-6/1-6/1-8 1-8/1-8/1-12 1-10/1-10/1-12
Special Attack Hug Hug Hug Hug
Special Defense Nil Nil Nil Nil
Magic Resistance Nil Nil Nil Nil
Size M (6' + tall) L (9' + tall) H (12' + tall) H (14' + tall)
Morale Average (8-10) Average (8-10) Average (8-10) Steady (11-12)
XP Value 175 420 650 2,000