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

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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Vir-Rath and the Scorched Plateau by

Faces of the Dead Lands Released!

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Faces Of The Dead Lands by Jane Bradley
The final primary supplement for Secrets of the Dead Lands, Faces of the Dead Lands, has been released! It is the largest and most extensive book of NPCs ever produced by Athas.org.

Faces of the Dead Lands is far more than just a collection of NPCs and their stats. Within these pages you will find the first-hand accounts of this devastated land and the lush lands that came before it, as experienced through the eyes of the ancient undead who were there. The stories within each NPC description not only paint clear pictures of the motivations and experiences of these characters, but they also build upon existing canon for both the Dead Lands and the other ancient stories from the rest of Athas, granting a much clearer picture of what it was really like to experience the early days of the Cleansing Wars and the terrible Obsidian Tide.

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Open Call - Playtesters for Adventures in the Dead Lands

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The Tunnel Beneath Cover 5 1 by Methvezem

Ever since finishing Secrets of the Dead Lands and The Emissary, The Pristine Tower Development Group have been hard at work building adventures for the upcoming Adventures in the Dead Lands supplement, due to be released later this year. But first, the adventures for this upcoming book need playtesting.

This is where you, our dear Athas.org community, come in.

We will be releasing the adventures for playtesting as they are ready, announcing them here with open registration to download the beta releases to try on your adventuring parties. In exchange for your reviews and feedback, your ideas will be rolled into the adventures and you and your players will appear in the credits for the finished book!

The first adventure is already ready for review, entitled The Tunnel Beneath. Click on the link to sign up and download today!