The Burnt World of Athas

The official Dark Sun website

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What is Dark Sun?

Dark Sun is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Set on the desert world of Athas, Dark Sun is about the struggle for survival.

Nine city-states cling to life in the Tablelands. Until recently, they were ruled by powerful Sorcerer-Kings, both tyrants and protectors. Now, only five remain; the other cities are cast into chaos and violent strife. Soon, the desert may swallow them, as it has so many times before. The wastes are riddled with the ruins of cities long dead.

It is a world where magic drains the very essence of life. Ancient wars have left vast swaths of the planet sterile; even now, druids fight a losing battle to preserve the environment. To practice magic is to tempt death at the hands of the mob, yet the cities themselves are ruled by the most powerful of defilers.

Originally released in 1991 by TSR for the 2nd edition of AD&D, Athas.org has been the steward of the Dark Sun campaign setting since the release of D&D 3rd edition in 2000. In that time, we have released updated core rules, two monster manuals, numerous setting supplements, such as City State of Draj and Wisdom of the Drylanders, and the epic adventure Dregoth Ascending. You can see a list of all of our products here

Announcements

Upcoming Releases from the Pristine Tower Group chat

Join us, Sat March 2nd 4pm EST, in the Dark Sun Discord to meet and chat with the project managers behind the Pristine Tower Development group, as they talk about their latest and upcoming releases, and answer questions about previous releases and Athas.org articles

Sat March 2nd 4pm EST

https://discord.gg/RWebkwRD?event=1208063094669054083

Volunteer Editors and Writers wanted for 5e organized play.

We’re looking for 5e writers and editors for a fan run organized play campaign. We’ve got 3 adventures that need editing by someone knowledgable about the 5e style guide and we need more volunteer 5e writers as well. If you’re interested shoot me a message at Raddu@athas.org or on Discord @Raddu

3 Covers to the Silt Paths of Samarah trilogy of the Reavers of the Silt Sea Organized Play campaign
Silt Paths of Samarah trilogy covers by Raddu and Ruhl-Thaun_Sage

Articles

Alley of the Muse

Located beneath Tyr in one of the many winding passages connected to the large cavern called the Sorrows, the Alley of the Muse is a favored locale for individuals looking for refined entertainment away from the masses.

Encounters of Athas 6 - Red Rock Village

The village of Red Rock is designed to be a relatively generic Athasian village to allow DMs to quickly drop it onto a map wherever they might need a moderately fleshed out village.