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

Bone, Stone, & Obsidian Episode 24: June Soler and Athascon

June Soler has stormed on the Dark Sun public scene in the past couple of years, in this episode of Bone, Stone, & Obsidian Jesse and Robert talk to June about how his contributions to the Dark Sun community, why he’s an actual Templar of Urik, and his latest project, Athascon.

Listen to Bone, Stone, & Obsidian Episode 24: June Soler and Athascon

Online Oct 29-30th, 2022. Athascon Discord Server: https://discord.gg/tRrtyFkb
Athas Con by June Soler

In celebration of Dark Sun’s 31st anniversary, it is only fitting that we have a party in the desert, away from the prying eyes of templars! Lets have a Dark Sun themed virtual convention! Stay tuned for more information as we marshal our allies in the alleys of the city-states and beyond…

> KEEP HOPE ALIVE!

Friends here is all the information to get ready for Athascon. We encourage you to participate as players and GMs to bring Dark Sun to new, returning or experienced gamers of all types throughout the weekend. Our goal is to bring a host of Dark Sun adventures in every edition to run throughout the weekend. In addition, we hope to feature Dark Sun programming with both official designers and homebrew creators on their various Dark Sun projects.

Individuals who sign-up and run at least 4 hours of Dark Sun gaming events at Athascon will receive Dark Sun themed digital convention swag. * 3D Printable STL files of Dark Sun themed creatures * A Set of 4 Dark Sun themed creature tokens for use in VTTs created by Devin Night

AthasCon Discord

GM Submission form

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Our List of Adventures Ready for Playtest and Feedback is Growing!

Every single one of our adventures for the upcoming book Adventures in the Dead Lands needs playtesting. To make them easier to find, we’ve made a single link where you can find them all, as well as future ones we’ll be making.

Feedback will make all the difference on these adventures, and the first 5 groups who send feedback on these will have their names added to the credits for that adventure. So sign up to a beta test or two today!

Adventures Playtest Page

The Athasian Survey Project 07 - Vir-Rath and the Scorched Plateau

Today I bring you a new clairvoyant missive in the name of the Athasian Survey Project. Vir-Rath and the Scorched Plateau

Join the traveller as he crosses the Scorched Plateau. A reimagining of the original series (posted on the Dark Sun Facebook group) with rewritten entries and more locations, all still with the intention of highlighting rarely visited areas on the Revised 2nd edition map.

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