Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Session Seventy-One: Fort Isus

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

As the elves drew their weapons, they began calling an alarm. Julius and Kalino leapt forward and cut some of the slaves free, but they were confused and afraid. Alaxander yelled at the slaves to go through the dimensional portal, while attacking an elf with the way. Shade attacked the same elf and was able to drop him. Vashti used her minimal combat magic to engage the elves.
Unfortunately, more elves ran into the building and began fighting with the group. Vashti felt part of her body turn to ash, as an elven defiler cast a fireball spell. The spell managed to strike every member of the group, but killed quite a few slaves as well, including some children.
This act infuriated the group and they all directed their attacks toward the defiler. After he died, the group started pushing the slaves through the large dimensional portal. After a little while, the elves decided that the fight was not worth the slaves and they fled.
The group went through the portal, which lead to an open area near their temporary home in Nibenay. Once the group was certain that none of the elves followed them through the portal, and Kiara joined the group, Alaxadner opened another portal to Kuresh. They went through, taking the slaves with them.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Player Character Social Class

Social class is extremely important in the Tablelands of Athas. Was your character born in the sandy wastes, a slave-tribe village, or a city-state? These optional rules allow a player to roll randomly for the social class that they were born into, or lived most of their youth in. It is possible for a character to be born into a free-citizen family, but raised in slavery to pay a debt. If that is the case, the character has a slave social class.
Some of the social classes may not be appropriate for certain races, such as a thri-kreen noble. The decision about what is appropriate for a character is ultimately determined by the DM.

Roll 1D10 to randomly determine a characters social class.
1. Noble
2. Templar
3. Merchant - Large Merchant House
4. Merchant - Small Merchant House
5. Merchant - Independent Merchant
6. Free-Citizen
7. Criminal
8. Nomad
9. Villager
10. Slave

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Session Seventy: The Gith Problem

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

The group retreated from their location to hide from the gith. They got behind a large boulder and began discussing what they should do next. Suddenly, Shade called out in surprise. From behind, and above, the group was a fifteen foot long centipede.
The centipede's poison burned Shade's skin, but he was able to fight off the internal effects. The group quickly drew weapons and fled from the monster. The centipede gave chase and bit Alaxander. Alaxander could feel the venom coursing through his veins and he cried out. Luckily, Kiara was on hand to slow the venom in Alaxander's system.
The group attacked the creature with fervor, but the giant centipede made use of the terrain. While the group was having difficulty navigating the rocks and boulders, the centipede moved gracefully over and around them.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Prince of Peace

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6

I encourage everyone to watch the video below and rejoice in our Savior's birth.

Merry Christmas. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Friends and the Slavers - A Dark Sun Fable

Two men, Jahin and Walid had become the best of friends and were always doing things together. They would go out hunting, or sometimes filch from a noble's fields. They worked well together and were never caught. 
One day, they were gathering food from a scrub plain and came upon a group of slavers. Walid was afraid, but Jahin calmed his friend and said he would go talk to them.
Jahin approached the slavers and spoke softly, so Walid would not hear him,"Great ones, if you promise not to capture me, I will aid you in capturing my friend. He is much stronger than I and would make a much better slave."
The slavers agreed and Jahin returned to Walid.
"They have agreed not to capture us." Jahin lied to his friend, "Let's go that way, away from the slavers."
When Walid turned to look, Jahin hit him on the head with a stick, knocking him unconscious.
Now, when the slavers saw one of the men was theirs for the taking, they quickly descended on Jahin and subdued him. Both men were forced into slavery and Jahin knew that he should have expected treachery, much more than his former friend.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Nyroc - New Athasian Monster

My children helped me create this one. I asked them what kind of a creature I should create and they said "A creepy one." They then started yelling out ideas. They even named it. Enjoy.


Climate/Terrain: Anywhere Dark
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary or Cluster
Activity Cycle: Night
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Semi- (2-4)
Treasure: See Below
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
No. Appearing: 1-10
Armor Class: 3
Movement: 12, Fl 24 (B)
Hit Dice: 10 + 5
Thac0: 11
No. of Attacks: 1 or 2
Damage/Attacks: 1-4 / 1-6
Special Attack: Venom
Special Defense: Urticating Hairs
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: S (3' long)
Morale: Average (8-10)
XP Value: Common: 4,000; Psionic: 6,000

Psionic Summary
Level: 5
Dis/Sci/Dev: 2/3/10
Attack/Defense: -/ M-, MB, TS
Score: 14
PSPs: 72
Psychometabolic: Shadow-form, Adrenalin Control, Cause Decay, Displacement, Flesh Armor
Psychoportation: Teleport, Time Shift

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Session Sixity-Nine: The Village of Kuresh

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

Vashti's appearance had drastically changed in her time away and the people from her village did not recognize her. After a long discussion, Vashti was able to convince the villagers that she was who she said she was. She told them the names of every villager and personal details about them. The village opened their doors and allowed the group inside.
Vashti met her mentor, a dwarf water cleric named Sharra, and explained what had happened in the time she had been away. She also told her about their current mission, to find the gems needed to destroy Kalak. Sharra thought Vashti's plan was noble, but idealistic. She tried to convince Vashti to stay, but Vashti refused.
Kiara lied, when out of ear shot of Julius, and said she was an air cleric. She and Vashti healed some of the guards who were badly injured in the fight with the gith. One of guards was beyond help and died.
Vashti met with the village elder, a preserver named Kazim. She turned over all the supplies the group had purchased in Altaruk and Nibenay. She also introduced Kazim to Kalino and those two retired to have a long discussion