The Burnt World of Athas

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Ah! Hello there. Grak! Be a good boy, and inform the Overcouncil that we have visitors. Quickly now, you can finish your sweetmeats when you get back.

You'll have to forgive him, he's a bit slow. Good help has been impossible to find since Tithian freed all of our slaves. Now then, what is it I can do for you?

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

Dark Sun Game Day February 18th!

This is your monthly ping reminding you all of Dark Sun Game Day on Saturday, February 18th 2023!

This month we will be releasing our third scenario, it is part one of a four-part series called Legacy of the Stonelords. You do not need to play them in order, but those who do will receive, story awards that players may use with their PC’s in the adventure series.

DSE-03 Stolen Heritage A recently discovered cache of ancient artifacts in the wastelands has sent many in the city-state of Tyr abuzz with curiosity and excitement. House Vordon is organizing an exclusive auction to sell all the items found to the highest bidder.

This adventure scenario for the DARK SUN Campaign Setting is designed by Sebastien Gamache for play in a 4-hour session with 3 to 6 players using 6th level characters.

We need volunteers to GM this scenario during the Dark Sun Game Day, so if you want to GM send me a pm with the time slots on the 18th, VTT platform (if used), edition/system and I will schedule your event. GMs who volunteer will receive a GM copy of the scenario with edition-neutral stats as well as 5E stats on Feb 11th.

So hop on to the Athascon discord server at https://discord.com/invite/5wYCAb9CR3

Keep Hope Alive!

Flyer image for Stolen Heritage
Dark Sun Excursions Stolen Heritage by June Soler