The Burnt World of Athas

The official Dark Sun website

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: Dark Sun Podcast Episode 14: Dark Sun 5e, part 1 Races and Classes

Here it is, we finally delve into 5th edition Dark Sun. How would you do it? What assets are out there? What should Wizards do? Will they do it? When?

This is part 1…of 2 or 3, there’s just too much sandy goodness to fit into an hour on this topic. We cover races and classes in this episode.

http://misdirectedmark.com/2019/08/08/bone-stone-and-obsidian-episode-14-5th-edition-dark-sun

Bone Stone & Obsidian: Dark Sun Podcast Episode 13: City-State of Tyr, Walter Baas Memorial featuring Gary S Watkins

A new Bone, Stone, & Obsidian: A Dark Sun podcast episode is out.

The City-State of Tyr is one of the foundational supplements for the Dark Sun setting. The credited author of the City-State of Tyr (and other Dark Sun products), Walter M. Baas passed away on June 1, 2019. In this episode, we talk about Walter’s life, his contributions to the setting, and the City-State of Tyr book. Our special guest for this episode is Gary S. Watkins, Gary brings with him a secret history to the book that we reveal in this podcast.

Download the Podcast on the Misdirected Mark website.

Download the Additional Content PDF for the City-State of Tyr.