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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Athasian Elemental Planes Part Eight: The Plane of Silt

The Paraelemental Plane of Silt

The Silt Sea is an outward manifestation of the power that silt has on Athas. Silt chokes the air and erodes the land and it's spreading across the face of the Tablelands, determined to grind everything into dust. The Plane itself is an endless silt storm that chokes any breathing creature caught in it.
It is whispered that the Paraelemental Plane of Silt was once the Paraelemental Plane of Mud, but there hasn't been enough moisture to sustain it for thousands of years. It is said that the loss of moisture drove the lords of mud, now silt, mad and that is why they seek to destroy everything in their path. Whatever the plane used to be, it is now an open, empty place, swept with dry winds and scouring grains of silt.

Hazards

Visitors will find that the Paraelemental Plane of Silt is very dangerous. There is air to breath, but it is so choked with silt and dust that it is not breathable. The silt also abrades the visitors skin and leaves them a bloody mess. The Paraelemental Plane of Silt is unwelcoming and unforgiving.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 09

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.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Session Twenty-Seven: Opportunity plus Instinct equals Profit

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

Day 11, Week 1, Sedulous, Friend's Vengeance, 190th King's Age, High Sun

The group awoke in the tower without a plan in mind. They discussed the situation and came to the conclusion that Jessel should be alright and that they had no idea where he and Abu went. They decided that they were going to accompany Vashti back to her village. They had two kanks, two dozen freed slaves, and few supplies. They also had few choices, so they set out for the closest city-state, Tyr.
While everyone was getting ready, Vashti took the opportunity to cast detect magic. She looked at the jars and bucket they acquired from the destroyed ogre fortress. The contents were all magical. None of the weapons or armors they found in the tower were. She informed the group that the purple goo was created with plant magic, the blue liquids with healing magic, and the clear liquids with protection magic.
Two hours into the march everyone was startled by a loud scream. Vashti, Alaxander, Kalino, Shade, and Spike ran over, Julius walked, to see what had happened. There was a sand colored viper in the dirt with an ex-slave next to it. Vashti grabbed the ex-slave and began dragging him away.
The viper bit at Vashti, but its teeth penetrated her cloak and not her skin. Kalino hacked at the serpent with his chitin-lined khopesh and Alaxander struck at it with the way. Shade used his bone club and Spike finished the snake off with a nasty bite.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dwarves of Athas Part Five: Settlements 4 (Red Obelisk)

The Red Obelisk
Not too far west of the Balic to South Ledopolous road is a small village called Red Obelisk, named after the strange rune-covered monument of red stone that juts up from the ground in the village. The monument is next to a spring, which provides water for the village. I have been to Red Obelisk many times to acquire gemstones and livestock. Although the village is home to humans and dwarves in equal numbers, I have asked a human inhabitant of the village to discuss it and the harmony that the inhabitants have seemed to find with each other.

My name is Straton Floros and I am one of the chief merchants of Red Obelisk, the village of my birth. The village is found on the border of a salt flat, nearly due west of Balic. The village was settled about ninety years ago by a group of escaped human and dwarf slaves. They decided to settle here due to the spring that flows up from the ground near the obelisk. Today, there are forty-two dwarf, thirty-six human, and three mul residents.
We trade with merchants from the city-states and with desert dwellers who brave the harsh depths of the wilderness. Dwarves are integral to the maintenance of the village and the commerce that allow us to survive. While the scrub plain is fertile enough to raise livestock, it is not healthy enough to grow an abundance of produce.
If it wasn't for the dwarves, it is unlikely that the gemstones we trade with the merchants and tribes of the wastes would have been found. Due to their strength and endurance, the dwarves are far better at digging up the valuable stones from the stony barrens nearby. Many visitors believe that the humans of Red Obelisk are some sort of masters over the dwarves, because the dwarves often do the hardest of work, like mining, while the humans often do physically easier tasks, like herding. However, everyone is fairly compensated for their work, which often means the dwarves have greater riches than the humans, since their work is much more labor intensive.
None of the original human founders are still alive, but there are several dwarves that remember the founding. Two of these dwarves, Taine and Welch are the oldest dwarves and aid the human, Cael, in administration of the village. They mainly look over trade, justice, and make sure everyone is fed and watered. Taine also serves as the Uhrnius, which organizes the villages guards and hunters.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Non Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Bat

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.
I removed the spell casting and bat familiar, as I did not feel they fit the Dark Sun setting very well. I added a psionic bat, which can be quite a hassle for your player characters.
Bat

Common Large Huge Psionic
Climate/Terrain Any Land Any Land Warm Caves Any Land
Frequency Common Uncommon Rare Rare
Organization Swarm Flock Flock Solitary or Flock
Activity Cycle Night Night Night Night
Diet Omnivore Omnivore Omnivore Omnivore
Intelligence Animal (1) Animal (1) Animal (1) Semi (2-4)
Treasure Nil Nil C A
Alignment Neutral Neutral Neutral Evil Neutral
No. Appearing 1-100 3-18 1-8 1 or 1-12
Armor Class 8 (See Below) 8 7 (See Below) 3
Movement 1, Fl 24 (B) 3, Fl 18 (C) 3, Fl 15 (C) 2, Fl 21 (A)
Hit Dice 1-2 hp 1d4 hp 4-6 4+4
Thac0 20 19 17 (4 HD)
15 (5-6 HD)
16
No. of Attacks 1 1 1 1
Damage/ Attack 1 1d4 2d4 1d4 + 1
Special Attack See below Nil See below Psionics
Special Defense Nil See below See below Psionics
Magic Resistance Nil Nil Nil Nil
Size T (1') M (6') H (12-16') M (7')
Morale Unsteady (5-7) Unsteady (5-7) Steady (11-12) Elite (14)
XP Value 15 35 420 (4 HD)
650 (5 HD)
975 (6 HD)
650

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 08

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.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Basilisk

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.

Basilisk

Lesser
Climate/Terrain: Any Land
Frequency: Uncommon
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Day
Diet: Special, See Below
Intelligence: Animal (1)
Treasure: F
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1-4
Armor Class: 4
Movement: 6
Hit Dice: 6+1
Thac0: 15
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/ Attack: 1-10
Special Attack: Gaze Turns to Stone
Special Defense: Nil
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: M (7' Long)
Morale: Steady (12)
XP Value: 1,400

Greater
Climate/Terrain: Any Land
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Day
Diet: Special, See Below
Intelligence: Low (5-7)
Treasure: H
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1-7
Armor Class: 2
Movement: 6
Hit Dice: 10
Thac0: 11
No. of Attacks: 3
Damage/ Attack: 1-6/1-6/2-16
Special Attack: See Below
Special Defense: Surprised Only on a 1.
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: L (12' Long)
Morale: Champion (16)
XP Value: 7,000


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 07

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 personally find it humerus that Agis' name is spelled incorrectly.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Session Twenty-Six: All Your Base are Belong to Us

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

Kalino watched Jessel run in the distance. After a few minutes, he asked Shade what happened. Shade explained that Jessel picked up Abu and ran away, which made no sense. Kalino suggested that Jessel was under magical or psionic mind control. Shade, Vashti, and Julius agreed. They discussed chasing after Jessel, but they knew that they'd never catch him.
Alaxander then reminded them about the prisoners on the top floor of the keep. There was some looks of resignation, but they agreed to free them. The entrance hall they were standing in had two single doors and a set of double doors, excluding the doors to the outside.
They chose the door on the right. Shade hid next to the door, while Alaxander opened it. Alaxander tried to act surprised when he saw the two guards and a guard dog inside the small barracks. He turned to run and the dog chased him, chomping at his heels. The two guards engaged Vashti, who was the closest obvious target.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Athasian Elemental Planes Part Seven: The Plane of Rain

The Paraelemental Plane of Rain

The minuscule amount of rain that falls on the face of Athas is a welcome site to all. The endless green sky of the Paraelemental Plane of Rain was once filled with clouds that poured rain into each other. Like the endless skies of the Elemental Plane of Air, there is no end to the plane. Dark clouds drift through the sky, pouring out water and sending out flashes of lightning.
Once, these storm clouds filled the endless sky and soaked travelers to the bone. The clouds crackled with lightning and roared with thunder. The entire plane was one giant storm. Now, the plane is more empty sky than dark clouds. The rain still comes, but it is more of a drizzle than a downpour. Lightning less commonly crashes between the clouds and when thunder rings out, it sounds like a lament for what once was.

Hazards

Visitors will find that the Paraelemental Plane of Rain is very welcoming. There is air to breath and, while the temperature is warm, it is not too hot. However, visitors much be weary of lightning storms and boiling hot rain

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Baatezu, Pit Fiend

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.

Tony DiTerlizzi
Baatezu,Pit Fiend
Climate/Terrain: Any
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Genius (17-18)
Treasure: G,W
Alignment: Lawful Evil
No. Appearing: 1-4
Armor Class: -5
Movement: 15, Fl 24 (C)
Hit Dice: 13
Thac0: 7
No. of Attacks: 6
Damage/ Attack: 1d4/1d4/1d6/1d6/2d6/2d4 or weapon +6 (Strength Bonus)
Special Attack: Fear, poison, tail constriction
Special Defense: Regeneration, +3 weapons to hit
Magic Resistance: 50%
Size: L (12' tall)
Morale: Fearless (19-20)
XP Value: 21,000 (19,000 if non-magical)

The most terrible baatezu, pit fiends are giant winged humanoids, gargoylish in appearance, with huge bat-wings that can wrap around their body in defense, large fangs that drip with vile, green liquid, and hulking red, scaly bodies that burst into flame when thev are angered or excited.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

THAC0 Cheat Sheet

Preview
When talking about 2nd Edition AD&D, I hear quite a few people complain about how THAC0 is too difficult to calculate. I grew up with THAC0, so it was never a problem for me, but I understand how it could be confusing for newer players, or players who are terrible at math.

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.


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.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Antlion, Giant

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.

Antlion, Giant

Climate/Terrain: Sandy Wastes, Stony Barrens, Mountains, Rocky Badlands
Frequency: Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Animal (1)
Treasure: See Below
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1
Armor Class: 2
Movement: 9, Br 1 (in loose soil)
Hit Dice: 8
Thac0: 12
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/Attacks: 5-20
Special Attack: See Below
Special Defense: Nil
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: L (10' long)
Morale: Average (8)
XP Value: 1,400 Psionic: 3,000
Psionic Summary
Level: 3
Dis/Sci/Dev: 2/2/7
Attack/Defense: 0/2
Score: 13
PSPs: 24
Clairsentient: Clairvoyance, Combat Mind, Danger Sense, Feel Sound
Psychometabolic: Life Draining, Biofeedback, Chameleon Power, Flesh Armor, Heightened Senses

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 03

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 included the checklist for completion.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Session Twenty-Five: Last Cup of Sorrow

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

The vision ended with Kalak waving his hand and shattering the gem. When the vision was over the gem remained, un-shattered, on the pedestal. The group paused, taking in what they just saw.
They began discussing the ramifications of what they just saw, if the vision were real. How old is Kalak? Was he King of Tyr back then? Why did he kill the ogres? They had no solid answers.
Julius took the gem from Alaxander and inspected it. He told the group that the gem must be the fabled Gem of Ultimate Psionic Power, which granted it's user unlimited mental energy and near invulnerability. Vashti doubted his claim, believing that the Gem of Ultimate Psionic Power was just a myth, but the other members of the group seemed quite impressed.
Julius used the way to mentally contact the gem and was disappointed to discover that he had been mistaken. The gem did give access to a respectable amount of mental energy and the psychometabolic ability of cell adjustment, but did not grant near invulnerability. He also discovered a rudimentary intelligence inside of it, an intelligence that was filled with sorrow. Julius was able to discover that the intelligence was one of seven. He tried to question the intelligence further, but could only feel its pain and sorrow at being destroyed and separated from itself. He put the gem into his belt pouch.
At Vashti's prompting, they started searching the room. Jessel searched one of the bookcases, as did Vashti. Julius started searching the pedestal and found small gaps in the concentric rings that made it up. This lead Julius to believe that the pedestal could be pushed downward. Julius tried to push, but it wouldn't budge.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 02

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 included the checklist for completion.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Ant

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.

Ant

Climate/Terrain: Any, except Silt Sea
Frequency: Rare
Organization: Colony
Activity Cycle: Day
Diet: Omnivore
Intelligence: Animal (1)
Treasure: Qx3, S
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1-100
Armor Class: 3
Movement: 18
Hit Dice: Worker: 2, Warrior: 3
Thac0: 16
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/Attacks: Worker: 1-6, Warrior: 2-8
Special Attack:Warriors have poison sting
Special Defense: Nil
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: T (2' long)
Morale: Average (9)
XP Value: Worker: 35, Warrior: 175, Drone: 120
Psionic Summary
Level: 1
Dis/Sci/Dev: 1/1/3
Attack/Defense: 1/1
Score: 12
PSPs: 24
Telepathic: Mindink, Aversion, Contact, Id Insinuation

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Baazrag and the Cheetah. A Dark Sun Fable.

A baazrag decided one day that his home, the stony barrens, was far too hot and hard to enjoy himself. He left the stony barrens and went into a grassland instead. The baazrag enjoyed the cooler breeze and soft grass.
A cheetah came upon the baazrag and immediately attacked. Just as the cheetah was about to enjoy this unexpected meal, the baazrag said, "I deserve to be eaten. What business did I have coming to these grasslands, where it is impossible for me to hide? I was made for the stony barrens and I should have remained there."

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Dark Sun Trading Cards 01

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.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Dwarves of Athas Part Five: Settlements 3 (Charvass)

Desert Volcano by Balance-Sheet
 Far to the northeast of Draj, on the edge of the Silt Sea is a small trading village run by House M'ke. The outpost is nearly all Dwarves, but run by a human. The outpost is so far out of the Tablelands, that I have not visited it personally, so I have asked a Draji Dwarf trader named Tenoch to provide more information about the village. Tenoch has traded with the outpost numerous times and happens to owe me a favor. So, here is the commentary he provided.

The history of Charvass needs to be explained before I can explain the Dwarves themselves. Charvass used to be a subsistence farming village next to an extinct volcano. The old volcano had rich soil, but growing anything close to the Sea of Silt is strenuous. Then House M'ke came along and convinced the Dwarves to mine obsidian from the old volcano and import all their food instead. This only happened four years ago and the village and outpost are quite well established. It shouldn't be a surprise how much the villagers got accomplished in that amount of time. They are Dwarves after all.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Alguduir

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.

Alguduir

Climate/Terrain: Swamps
Frequency: Rare
Organization: Solitary (Family)
Activity Cycle: Day
Diet: Carnivore
Intelligence: Low to Average (5-10) (Low (5-7))
Treasure: I (No Coins), Q
Alignment: Nil
No. Appearing: 1-2
Armor Class: 6 (8)
Movement: 6, Fl 21 (B), Sw 14 (4, Fl 16 (C), Sw 12)
Hit Dice: 4+4 (1+1)
Thac0: 17 (20)
No. of Attacks: 5 (3)
Damage/Attacks: 1-6 (bill)/2-5 ×2 (front claws)/2-4 ×2 (rear claws) (1-4 (bill)/1-2 ×2 (front claws))
Special Attack: Nil
Special Defense: Spell Reflection
Magic Resistance: 40%
Size: M (7’ long) (S (1-4’ long))
Morale: Elite (13-14) (Unreliable (2-4))
XP Value:975 (420)
Attributes in parenthesis are for young alguduir.

An alguduir’s body is fat but sleek, covered with tough, durable oil-glistening scales. Its front feet have five black talons each; its rear feet have only four talons each. Its wings are usually a mottled white, brown, and gray. Its head and body are gray or green-gray, and are readily camouflaged by marsh plants. Its eyes are yellow or green. Its gills are located in the throat area behind and beneath the bill.
Its feathered  wings are oily and can shed water rapidly. This allows the alguduir to swim to the surface, shake its wings out to full span, and fly away without pause. This oil is not flammable and an alguduir suffers no extra damage from fire based attacks.
A capable swimmer, the alguduir can breathe underwater and dive with force and accuracy from the air to an underground target, gaining a +2 attack bonus. Alguduir snarl, grunt, or shriek, showing the full scope of emotion, but when hunting they are eerily silent.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Alaghi

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.

Alaghi
Climate/Terrain: Forest Ridge
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Family Groups
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Omnivore
Intelligence: Low (5-7)
Treasure: I (No Coins), Q
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 2-5
Armor Class: 4
Movement: 12
Hit Dice: 9
Thac0: 11
No. of Attacks: 2
Damage/Attacks: 2-12/2-12 or by weapon type (+5 Strength bonus)
Special Attack: Missile Weapons
Special Defense: Stealth
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: L (6' Tall with large girth)
Morale: Steady (11-12)
XP Value: Adult: 2,000; Young: 120; Elder: 5,000; Hermit: 6,000
Psionic Summary
Level: 5
Dis/Sci/Dev: 2/3/10
Attack/Defense: 0/3
Score: 13
PSPs: 72
Psychometabolic: Metamorphosis, Shadow-Form, Biofeedback, Body Weaponry, Cell Adjustment, Chameleon Power, Flesh Armor, Heightened Senses
Psychokinesis: Telekinesis, Animate Object, Ballistic Attack, Control Flames, Soften

Alaghi are forest-dwelling humanoids. They are barrel-chested, with short, almost invisible necks, and wide, flat heads with sloping brows. Their shoulders are broad, and their arms are long and powerful. Their legs are short but thick, and their hands and feet are very large. An alaghi’s entire body is covered with thick hair, usually blond, reddish brown, or charcoal gray. Most blond individuals have green eyes and fur tinged with green highlights. Adult alaghi stand about six feet tall and weigh about 330 pounds. They usually live for 75-85 years.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Critic-Woman. A Dark Sun Fable

The Shadow King of Nibenay and the Forest Goddess of Gulg were having an argument about the possibility of a creature changing it's nature. Nibenay said "Yes," but the Oba said, "No." So, to test his theory, Nibenay turned a critic into a young woman. He gave her to a citizen of his city and ordered them to be wed. The wedding was performed that very day and a feast was held afterward.
"See," Nibenay said to the Oba, "She behaves well. Who could tell that she was a critic yesterday? Obviously, her nature has changed."
"Wait." replied the Oba, and she released a cricket into the room.
The bride saw the cricket and jumped up from her seat to catch it.
"Now you see," said the Oba, "nature will triumph."

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dark Sun Paper Miniatures 02

I'm out of town for work and my books are out of reach. I did not want to leave my tens of readers high and dry, so I'm posting another set of paper miniatures. The last set seemed rather popular, so I hope these are welcome as well. They are set to proper scale if using a battlemat with 1" x 1" squares.
These Miniatures are rather simple and fold into a tent. You can add extra weight by taping a penny to the bottom. Download the PDF.

Here we have hunting cactus, cilops, gorak, crodlu, dwarf, and a couple more gith, because you can never have too many gith. I also included a campfire tile, because I find it useful. Enjoy my friends.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Non-Dark Sun Creatures in Dark Sun - Aerial Servant

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.
In this, I am using the Elemental War theory I have written about in the past and is mentioned briefly in Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. I have included their stats for ease of reference.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Session Twenty-Four: Darkness is Their Ally

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

Vashti shouted to the passing humans, asking what was wrong. Most of the humans ignored her, but one pointed up. As the group looked, the remaining rays of the sun were obscured. They saw a two hundred foot long creature floating through the sky. Shade shouted that it was a cloud ray.
Kalino and Julius ran back into the canyon they had just emerged from. Alaxander jogged after them, while deepening the shadows in the canyon with the way.
Vashti struggled to turn the wagon around and Shade fired some arrows at the gigantic ray. The arrows were stopped by the creatures natural telekinetic defenses. Spike barked, but couldn't reach anything so high. Jamil held his axe ready and questioned whether this was a fight they could win.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Athasian Elemental Planes Part Six: The Plane of Magma

The Paraelemental Plane of Magma

A churning mass of molten stone forms an ocean of lava that spews acid and poison into the air. Jagged crags made of obsidian and basalt rise out of the magma and reach for the endless toxic sky. Anyone who travels to this plane unprepared will not live long to regret it.
Long ago, the Paraelemental Plane of Magma was small and lazily drifted toward the Planes of Earth and Fire. The inhabitants of the plane were content to wade and swim leisurely through the molten stone. Now, huge storms that form cyclones of magma and acid rain rage across the plane; while the inhabitants of the plane howl in madness and cry for the destruction of all that will feed their plane.

Hazards

The largest pits of lava on Athas cannot compare to the destructive might of the Paraelemental Plane of Magma. The heat and pressure of the liquid stone are sure to burn and crush anything that enters it. A simple protection from fire spell would not protect a visitor from the crushing pressure or toxic gas.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dark Sun Paper Miniatures 01

These Miniatures are rather simple and fold into a tent. You can add extra weight by taping a penny to the bottom. Let me know if more of these would be of interest to anyone.
Download the PDF

Here we have gith, dune reapers, and some jhakar. I wasn't originally going to share these, as I use them for my personal use, but I thought someone might like them.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Tigone and The Snake. A Dark Sun Fable.

My eight year old son came up with this fable.

A tigone was hunting in the scrub plains and happened upon a snake. The snake was unaware of the tigone and soon found himself in the jaws of the great cat. The tigone had grabbed the snake close to its head and the snake was unable to twist and bite the tigone.
"Please!" Begged the snake, "If you release me, I'll help you hunt and together was can kill something much larger than me. I am, after all, quite small."
This sounded good to the tigone and the snake did look quite small. The tigone released the snake and agreed. The snake immediately bit the tigone on its leg and injected its venom into the cat.
The tigone cried out, "Why, when I spared your life?"
The snake slithered away laughing as the tigone died.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Adventure Idea 4

A special thank you to gigabein for their assistance.

For DM eyes only. Players should not read on.

A man is fleeing some templars in any city-state and bumps into the party, literally. No words are traded and the man flees. The templars catch up with him and kill him.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Session Twenty-Three: The Power of The Way

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

Day 5, Week 1, Sedulous, Friend's Vengeance, 190th King's Age, High Sun

The group awoke inside and outside Serena's small hut. It was quite crowded with Serena, her mother, Aamina, the five children, and the six adventurers all having farro porridge and dried sand crocodile for breakfast. Serena gave Alaxander the largest helping and kissed him on his cheek.
Vashti and Shade thought they should get their map translated, but Julius convinced them that it would be wiser to not let too many people know about the map. They decided to leave Tyr just after high sun, but first they needed to make sure they had enough water. Shade also needed to pick up his repaired armor and he wanted to buy some new nice clothes to go with his boots and cloak. They also decided to sell one of their wagons, but keep all of their animals.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dark Sun Terrain: Mountains

Himalayan Mountains, Asia
Mountain ranges consist of a series of mountains in a line and connected by high ground. There are numerous mountain ranges in the Tablelands, including the Black Spine Mountains, the Mekillot Mountains, the Windbreak Mountains, and the Ringing Mountains. These mountain ranges are made up of various types of rock and stone. While they can be very different, they are also very similar. All mountains are large landforms that rise above the surrounding area. These usually form peaks or small plateaus.
The Ringing mountains are the largest peaks in the Tablelands and the only ones capped in snow. They are made up of granite, diorite, monazite, shale, and limestone. High quality garnets are mined in the Ringing Mountains. From a distance of a hundred miles, the Ringing Mountains look like a ridge of reddish clouds hugging the horizon. As you move closer, their soft edges gradually grow sharper and more distinct. Within five miles of the mountains, the range takes on the appearance of a great wall.
The Windswept Mountains are made up of sandstone, shale, and limestone. They mark the northwestern base of the Ivory Triangle region. This high mountain range juts abruptly from the sandy wastes at the edge of the Tablelands on its northwestern side. These mountains are called the Windbreak Mountains because they protect the Gulg and Nibenay region from the prevailing west winds blowing off the Tablelands.
The Black Spine and Mekillot Mountains are made up of granite, gneiss, mudstone, and limestone. The Mekillot Mountains are an old, low-lying range in the center of the Great Ivory Plain. They're shaped like the backs of giant mekillots. The Black Spine Mountains are east of the Windbreak Mountains. They look like a huge gith, with a granite spine. Both of these mountain ranges get little rain.
There are other mountain ranges in the Tablelands as well, such as the Smoking Crown Mountains, the Kregill Mountains, and the mountain range near South Ledopolous. These mountain ranges are likely similar to the dry Black Spine and Mekillot Mountain ranges in composition, flora, and fauna.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Session Twenty-Two: The More You Know

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

Alaxander Eious of Balic
The group was at Serena's hut, wondering what their next move should be. Serena was cooking, while fawning over Alaxander. He didn't mind. Shade had five hours before the meeting with Templar Tavio and Vashti told him that she didn't trust Tavio one bit.
They came to the conclusion that everyone who interacted with Tavio did not like him. They guessed that his half-giant bodyguard, Qom, and his pet psionicist, Utza, may not like him either. They decided to go talk to Utza.
They paid the gate tolls and made their way back inside Tyr. They took up position outside of the School of Thought, waiting for Utza to appear. After five minutes of waiting, Vashti and Alaxander got bored. They went to the marketplace, so Vashti could buy some crickets and honeyed grubs for snacks and Alaxander could buy a hat and scarf for Serena. Julius, Shade, and Kalino waited.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Cricket Hunter. A Dark Sun Fable

A young man was hunting for crickets in the scrub plains near his home for his families dinner. He caught enough for dinner twice over and continued to hunt for more. He saw a scorpion and mistook it for a cricket. He reached out to grab it and realized too late what it was. The scorpion stung the young man. As the poisoned rushed through his veins and the young man grew weak, his hands released the crickets he had gathered. The young man then fell to the ground. Seeing this, his mother rushed to his side.
"What happened?" His mother cried.
The whimpering young man stammered before succumbing to the poison, "I had enough, but I wanted more."

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Athasian Rabbit

Athasian Rabbit by Thomas Baxa
In the Veiled Alliance sourcebook, we learn that rabbits exist on Athas. In fact, they're one of Draj's major exports. We possibly received a glimpse of one in an illustration in the adventure, "Arcane Shadows."
Athasian rabbits are herbivores that are known for their prolific breeding habits and poisonous bite. While their poison isn't deadly, it has the ability to knock out a predator, giving the rabbits time to escape. More than one foolish rabbit herder has been poisoned and allowed their rabbits to escape.
Rabbits are small, fast, furry creatures with large ears and whiskers. Their hind legs are noticeably longer than their front legs, which allows them to hop with great speed. Their fur can vary from light brown to black and may be spotted or stripped. They stand one to two feet tall from foot to the top of their head. In addition, they have a bony ridge on their back, which can be used to make bone tipped arrowheads.
Stats after the jump.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Dark Sun Terrain: Forest

Temperate Forest in Heidelberg, Germany
Forests on Athas are living barriers that likely shelter venomous creatures looking for their next meal. Trees provide respite from the sun, but also make it difficult to spot your enemies. Of course, the strange trees and plants may try to kill you before any enemy on two legs. Rain is most common in the forests of the Tablelands and it is unlikely characters come prepared for all of that moisture. Thri-kreen chitin may rot if exposed to the forest's wetness for too long and so can leather armor and hemp rope.
There are many different types of forest and they do not necessarily look alike. This is usually based on the amount of rain fall that pours down from the sky. No place in the Tablelands get as much water as the forests. There are two types of forests on Athas, temperate forests and tropical forests.
Temperate forests tend to have trees with dense, strong wood, like agafari. The undergrowth consists of ferns, fungi, moss, and shrubs. Temperate forests are darkened by thick canopies that shade the forest floor and fog is common in the morning and evenings. The Crescent Forest and a majority of the Forest Ridge are temperate forests.
Tropical forests get more rain than temperate forests. These forests are thick with vegetation and mud. The canopy tends to be extremely thick, darkening the forest floor considerably. All of the undergrowth in temperate forests are present in tropical forests, but in greater numbers. In addition, there are flowering plants and vines. It is not uncommon for trees in tropical forests to grow to incredible heights, but the trees tend to be thinner than in temperate forests. Only the deepest parts of the Forest Ridge are tropical forests.
It's important to note that Athasians would not use the terms temperate and tropical.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all of my American readers. I too am an American and I am happy to live in this great country. God bless us all.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Klar, the Human, and the Half-Elf. A Dark Sun Fable.

A human and a half-elf were traveling near the Mekillot Mountains when a klar suddenly crawled out from behind some rocks. The half-elf scrambled up a tall rock and hid behind some smaller stones. The human, seeing there was nowhere to go, fell of the ground. The klar approached the man and felt him with his snout and smelled his body and face. The man held his breath and did his best not to move. The klar soon moved on, seemingly not interested. When the klar had gone, the half-elf climbed down from the rocks.
"I thought you were going to be eaten." The half-elf laughed, "What did the klar whisper to you?"
His companion grunted and answered, "He said to never travel with a companion who deserts you at the approach of danger."

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Interview with Robert Adducci, founder of The Burnt World of Athas

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Adducci, the founder of The Burnt World of Athas. Robert is a well known figure among Dark Sun fandom. He, together with Wayne Chang, hosts a Dark Sun podcast, appropriately named Bone, Stone, and Obsidian and runs a Dark Sun game for his Patreon members.
The first question I had for Robert is perhaps the same I would have for any fan, "There are a lot of settings for D&D, what got you interested in the Dark Sun setting?"

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Athasian Elemental Planes Part Five: The Plane of Water

Symbol by Vedeskaja.
The Elemental Plane of Water

It is very difficult for a vast majority of Athasians to imagine an infinite amount of water. There is no surface or floor on the Elemental Plane of Water, just endless water. Most Athasians might see a barrel of water that holds tens of gallons, or an underground cistern that holds hundreds, but the idea of endless water is often unfathomable.
Once, the water of the Plane of Water was cool and fresh. Some areas were a bit salty, but they could be avoided. The plane was rich in nutrients and oxygen for the fish living there. Now, much of the Plane of Water is fouled by mud and gives no life giving oxygen to its inhabitants. The endless sea has also lost much of its coolness and there are portions that are becoming too hot to live in.

Hazards

Visitors with the right magic or psionics and the ability to swim will find the Elemental Plane of Water one of the most hospitable elemental planes. However, with the degradation of the plane and the constant bombardment of the forces of the Paraelemental Plane of Silt, the Plane of Water is becoming more and more hazardous.