Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gahal's Tale: First Day of Freedom

The slave wagon rumbled down the road to Silver Spring. They had left Urik in the predawn hours of the day. Gahal sat in the slave wagon, held his knees and stared at his feet.
As long as Gahal could remember he'd been a labor slave. Forced to do whatever menial tasks his master had demanded of him. He'd never left the lands around Urik, but now his master had apparently decided to sell him. He didn't know where the wagon was going, but it didn't matter. He'd given up hope of ever being free.
When the guards started yelling and rushing around, Gahal barely noticed. When he heard a guard fall to an arrow and the other slaves in his wagon start shouting, he raised his head to look. He couldn't see what was going on, but he knew the small slave caravan was under attack. Gahal curled up into a ball, trying to avoid any wayward arrows. He didn't much care about the attack. Whoever captured the caravan would simply keep him as a slave, so he didn't care who won the fight.
A guard died near the wagon and a human slave with more initiative reached through the bone bars and grabbed the guards obsidian knife. The slaves became excited as they sawed at the giant hair holding the door closed. Gahal didn't participate. It wouldn't work, Gahal knew, they wouldn't escape. He had no hope.
The wagon's door opened and the slaves began rushing out. Some of the slaves foolishly fled into the fray and were quickly cut down. Now alone in the cage, Gahal stared at the open door for a few moments. He crawled toward it and looked outside. The sun was still low in the sky as Gahal climbed out the wagon. He felt hope rise in his chest, a feeling he had abandoned long ago.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 06

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.
I could not find the back to the Sadira and Salicia cards. If you know where I can find them, please let me know and I will update this post.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Baatezu, Abishai

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.

Baatezu, Abishai

Black
Climate/Terrain: Any
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Average (8-10)
Treasure: Nil
Alignment: Lawful Evil
No. Appearing: 2-20
Armor Class: 5
Movement: 9, Fl 12 (C)
Hit Dice: 4+1
Thac0: 17
No. of Attacks: 3
Damage/ Attack: 1d4/1d4/1d4+1
Special Attack: Poison, Dive
Special Defense:+1 or better weapons to hit, regeneration
Magic Resistance: 30%
Size: L (8' tall)
Morale: Average (8-10)
XP Value: 7,000 (5,000 if non-magical)

Green
Climate/Terrain: Any
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Average (8-10)
Treasure: Nil
Alignment: Lawful Evil
No. Appearing: 2-8
Armor Class: 3
Movement: 9, Fl 12 (C)
Hit Dice: 5+2
Thac0: 15
No. of Attacks: 3
Damage/ Attack: 1d4/1d4/1d4+1
Special Attack: Poison, Dive
Special Defense:+1 or better weapons to hit, regeneration
Magic Resistance: 30%
Size: L (7' tall)
Morale: Average (8-10)
XP Value: 8,000 (6,000 if non-magical)

Red
Climate/Terrain: Any
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Average (8-10)
Treasure: Nil
Alignment: Lawful Evil
No. Appearing: 1
Armor Class: 1
Movement: 9, Fl 12 (C)
Hit Dice: 6+3
Thac0: 13
No. of Attacks: 3
Damage/ Attack: 1d4/1d4/1d4+1
Special Attack: Poison, Dive
Special Defense:+1 or better weapons to hit, regeneration
Magic Resistance: 30%
Size: L (6' tall)
Morale: Steady (11-12)
XP Value: 9,000 (7,000 if non-magical)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Legend Of Ort the Druid

In a previous campaign, my player's visited a small village in the wastes of Athas and were told this tale by one of the village elders. I thought someone might enjoy this tale, hopefully it's you.

The Legend of Ort the Druid

Many years ago, when the trees of the forest were saplings, a young Elf druid named Ort lived in a lush grove. Ort spent his days protecting his grove from savage monsters and evil men.
One day, a young man entered the grove. Ort watched the man from the shadows of an agafari tree. When Ort saw the man's face, he nearly let out a gasp for the man was hideous to look upon. The ugly stranger wondered about the grove, examining the flora. Ort watched the man reach his hand toward the ground and saw energy flow into the man's hand. Ort knew something was wrong and stepped from the shadows to stop him. The hideous man looked at Ort and Ort saw only hatred in his eyes.
“Stop.” Ort ordered.
The plants around the monstrous man began to wither. Ort's eyes grew wide in shock as the plants turned black and crumbled to ash. Ort raised his agafari spear and prepared to attack. The horrid man pointed a finger at Ort and uttered an incantation. Fire erupted from the man's finger and engulfed Ort. Ort fell to the ground as the fire burned his cloak and the plants around him.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 05

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.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Ankheg

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.

Ankheg

Climate/Terrain: Forest, Scrub Pains
Frequency: Rare
Organization: Brood
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Omnivore
Intelligence: Non- (0)
Treasure: C
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1-6
Armor Class: Overall 2, Underside 4
Movement: 12, Br 6
Hit Dice: 3-8
Thac0: 17-13
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/ Attack: 3-18 (Crush) + 1-4 (Acid)
Special Attack: Squirt Acid
Special Defense: Nil
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: L-H (10'-20' long)
Morale: Average (9)
XP Value: 175-975

Friday, September 20, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 04

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.