Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Kes'trekel and the Lirr. A Dark Sun Fable.

One hot morning as a lirr was using his sharp senses to track prey through the rocky desert, he saw a kes'trekel on the lip of a large boulder overhead. This was not the first kes'trekel the lirr had seen. What caught his attention this time, and made him stop for a second look, was that the lucky kes'trekel held a fat dead rat in her beak.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Session Forty-Two: The Palace of Yaramuke

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

Jessel got the familiar, far away look in his eyes and bid his friends farewell. He opened a dimension door with the will and explained that earth was summoning him. He stepped through and vanished.
Knowing that time was short, the group began searching the palace as quickly as they could, while staying together. They cautiously moved down the corridors, with weapons at the ready. They saw a couple more of the pillars with the women carved into them.
They first found a large banquet hall, with worn and tattered tapestries hanging on the walls. They marveled at one that showed a forest and stream. The table, although badly worn was constructed of a strange red wood.
On the side wall of the room was a door. Through the door was a large kitchen. The tables and cabinets were still standing, and layers of dust covered every service. A large fireplace dominated one wall. They searched the kitchen and found some tin plates, bowls, and cups. They all grabbed a set for themselves.
In addition, they found many jars; most of which were empty or filled with unidentifiable fragments. They did find a couple of jars of preserved kank honey, a jar of whiskey, some salt, a little bit of stale water, and a fresh cherry. They were baffled that the cherry was still fresh and contemplated that it might be magical. Vashti also grabbed some empty jars, because they might need them later.
They continued their search and found three small bedrooms. Inside they found a silver comb and a small brass bowl. The fact that these treasures were left behind was shocking to the group. The rooms also each had a tattered rug and an ancient bed. One of rooms even had a silver and obsidian mirror, but it too large and cumbersome to carry.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Chitine

There are many creatures from 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.
I often add a new Athasian variant as well.

Chitine

Chitine Chitine, Defiler
Climate/Terrain Ruins of Kalidnay Ruins of Kalidnay
Frequency Very rare Very rare
Organization Tribal Tribal
Activity Cycle Any Any
Diet Carnivore Carnivore
Intelligence Very (11-12) High (13-14)
Treasure D (K,Q) M,S
Alignment Lawful Evil Lawful Evil
No. Appearing 6-60 1
Armor Class 9 (6) 9
Movement 12, Wb 9 12, Wb 9
Hit Dice 2 or 4 5
THAC0 19 or 17 19
No. of Attacks 3 3 or 1
Damage/Attack 1-6/1-6/1-6 1-4/1-4/1-4
Special Attacks Webbing traps Spells
Special Defenses Nil Nil
Magic Resistance Nil Nil
Size S (4' tall) S (4' tall)
Morale 2 HD: Steady (11-12)
4 HD: Elite (13-14)
Elite (13-14)
XP Value 2 HD: 65
 4 HD: 175
420

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Session Forty-One: The Magic of Yaramuke

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

The group took the eye and limped back to the well room. Jessel and Vashti used the last of their healing spells to get everyone back on their feet. They then ate and drank their fill. It was wonderfully odd that they were not thirsty.
They slept the rest of the night, making sure to keep watch. Vashti knew the banshee was destroyed, at least until the following sunset, but they did not want anything else sneaking up on them. Julius took the first watch.

Day 12, Week 1, Fortuary, Friend's Vengeance, 190th King's Age, Sun Descending

Upon waking late in the morning, Vashti and Jessel took turns preaching their sermons. Jessel was far more eloquent and entertaining to listen to, although Vashti wasn't too bad. After getting food and water, the party started discussing their next move.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Session Forty: The Banshee of Yaramuke

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

Shade peered through the open doorway, his elven heritage granting him excellent night vision. He saw the skinless dwarf and looked into his burning eyes. Shade felt a wave of irrationality take over him. He looked away from the dwarf and saw Julius standing near him. With a shout of fury, Shade pulled his bone alhulak and iron dagger and attacked his startled friend. Kiara screamed.
Just then, the group's half-giant friend, Jessel, wandered into the earth temple. He heard the familar sounds of battle and made his way towards them.
Confused at Shade's behavior, Alaxander peeked through the open doorway and saw the undead dwarf. The burning eyes of the creature caused Alaxander to become infuriated and he turned to attack Vashti with his iron tipped spear.
Julius used the way to become invulnerable to kinetic damage. Unwilling to cause long lasting, physical harm to his friend, Kalino started punching Shade. Vashti was concerned about how her friends were acting, so she peeked inside the open doorway. Unfortunately, she too became enraged, pulled her bone club and attacked her hireling, Abilkisu.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Baazrag and His Reflection. A Dark Sun Fable.

A baazrag had found a dead erdlu and was carrying a large chunk of meat to its home. As he crossed an obsidian plane, he looked down and saw himself reflected in the dark volcanic glass. Baazrags are not very smart and this baazrag thought his reflection was another baazrag, with a larger chunk of meat. The baazrag became envious and thought he deserved the largest chunk of meat.
Instead of being happy with what he had, he dropped his meat and sprang at the other baazrag. The thin sheet of obsidian concealed a pit, filled with jagged shards of glass. The baazrag was not heavy enough to break the obsidian if he had simply walked across the thin sheet, but by leaping at it, he managed to shatter it. The baazrag fell into the pit and was sliced into ribbons.
Vultures devoured the baazrag, as well as the erdlu meat he once carried.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

AD&D Dark Sun Character Sheet PDF

Thank you everyone for your patience. After many requests, I am providing my AD&D Dark Sun Character Sheet in PDF format. The non-weapon proficiency sheet is for the Player's Option: Skills & Powers book, which I use in my own game. I also have spell points on the back sheet, as I use that optional rule from Player's Option: Spells & Magic.
If there is enough demand, I will make alternate sheets with the standard AD&D non-weapon proficiency and spell information.

1.Attributes, Weapons, and other necessary character info sheet. Standard psionic rules.

2.Attributes. Weapons, and other necessary character info sheet. Revised psionic rules.

3. Equipment sheet.

4. Non-weapon proficiency sheet.

5.Thief skills, turning undead, languages, and experience.