- The world is our playground. It exists for the Sun to shine its beautiful
rays upon its surface. The world is a desert, made of mostly sand that absorbs
and reflects the Sun's wonderful heat. People live in cities, trying to escape
us, but the Sun shines down upon their heads wherever they go. Some people try
to live in small villages, but the Sun's glorious rays still find them. There
are some mountains up north, places where sun-blocking trees grows. As if they
could resist the Sun's fury! The Sun shines all-powerful upon all of Athas!
Was the world always like this?
- Always like this? Of course! Do you think that the Sun ever beat down upon
your head with less power than it does now? Blasphemy! I have heard that someone
long ago tried to steal the Sun's power. Can you believe this? Steal the Sun's
power! Ha! I hope their sun-bleached bones are spinning in their graves! Does
the Sun seem somehow diminished? No. Let it be a lesson to you. The Sun gives
its power to those who worship it properly, but do not try to steal its
What kinds of people are there?
- People? Do not concern yourself with people. The Sun is most important.
What does it matter with other people? Elves, Humans, Dwarves, crossbreeds,
halflings they don't matter. The Sun matters! It burns your skin no matter
what you are!
Why worship the Sun?
- Why? Are you dumb? Power! Can you not feel the Sun's power on your arms,
your face, your chest? Do you not see it when it makes the food grow; when it
kills the beast; when it blinds your enemy? The Sun warms the soul. It feeds the
mind. It gives you the power to survive in this beast-infested world. It is life
- Ah but I see, you are not yet strong enough to look at the Sun. That is how
powerful it is. In time, when your body is capable of holding this power, you
will look at the Sun in all its glory. You will sit and watch as it goes through
the sky, bringing its energy to everyone. The Sun is all-powerful! All-powerful?
But the night?
- The night? It does not stop the Sun. Look at the moons. They are
reflections of the Sun's power! Not even the night can fully stop the Sun's
power. If not even the night can stop it, then you know it is all-powerful
amongst the elements.
Elements? What other elements are there? Who worships them?
- There are other elements, yes. Pitiful beings of lesser power. Priests of
Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They say there is a "balance" to
preserve What utter nonsense! They say we are destroying all. They are
jealous. The Sun's embrace does not reach them, so they turn to lesser powerful
elements, then cry foul when they are powerless. Some others worship the Silt
Sea, or even Magma. Magma. What is there for magma but a few lava pools
scattered across the landscape or on top of distant peaks? Fools. And to worship
Silt imbeciles. The Silt Sea does not move. You cannot take it with you. The
Sun, on the other hand, follows you wherever you go. It is always there. Even
the pitiful Tyr-storms cannot block the Sun's fury for long before the Sun
dissipates it to nothing. Everything eventually succumbs to the Sun's
So what must I do?
- Do? Glorify the Sun! You must eliminate anything that would dare to defy
its omnipotence. Clear the way for the Sun to shine its radiance upon all of
Athas. Things that create shadows block the Sun. Putrid gases filter out the
Sun's rays and reduce it strength. Kill them! Kill them all! Let the Sun's fury
shine upon this land!
What about the cities? Who rules?
- The cities are the domain of the Sorcerer-Kings. They rule with an iron
fist. They are powerful beings, masters of magic and mind-bending. You must be
careful around them. They are not as strong as the Sun, but our mortal flesh is
susceptible to their power. It is best to avoid the cities. The buildings hide
the Sun. You are best out here, in the plains and peaks, where nothing blocks
out the Sun. The Sorcerer-Kings also have lackeys, templars they are called, who
can also cast spells.
- Yes, those who use their minds. The call it the Way. Bah Why use one's
own power when the Sun is all-powerful?