Enamdis turned out to be right. As evening drew in, the walls of Nibenay were still just a thin, dark line on the western horizon. The Crescent Forest grew closer to the road here, a looming presence off the starboard bow, filled with the mournful calls of the birds and beasts that dwelt within its sheltering gloom.
"Dragons balls, you two, put your backs into it! Were not going to reach Nibenay by nightfall at this rate. Enamdis thumped the skimmers wheel in disgust and frustration.
As I re-entered the receiving chamber, I glanced across the table to where Abhivada sat, talking quietly with Neren. She gave no sign that she was even aware of me. Neren too pretended not to have seen me enter, though he was a far less accomplished actor. I tried not to smile at his well-intentioned but totally unnecessary attempts to avoid drawing Abhivadas attention to me.
After a few terse questions to Neren concerning his cargo and passengers, Abhivada glanced up towards the walls of the fort and I felt a brief psionic pulse as she signalled for the gates to be opened to us. Neren and Enamdis climbed aboard, and the silt skimmer juddered back into motion as Bayl and Chanya bent their backs to the capstan.
A new Dragon article by Rodney Thomson:
Balic is a city-state of splendor and tyranny, where the sorcerer-kings need for control clashes with his appreciation for beauty. Nowhere else is this contrast more typified than in the Ivory Dungeon, a secret prison where Andropinis keeps those who are too dangerous to be held in normal prisons, and who are too valuable to kill.
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In places where defiling's magic hasn't yet reached Athas offers a verdant bounty to those who use her magic to power arcane spells. Included in this article are two arcane theme terrain powers
An earthen sandcrafter brings strange crystal statues to the Oba's domain.
The gap between the Stormclaw and Black Spine Mountains is some fifteen miles wide, and those who have never been there must wonder why the route through is termed a pass, or why Nibenay bothers to maintain a fort to guard the road.
After the events of the Prism Pentad, the Sorcerer-King Andropinis has fallen, or has he?
A new Dark Sun adventure, for characters 8-10th level, appears in Dungeon magazine:
The adventurers must find a suitable place to plant a precious seed of life that the party has previously acquired. They travel to a remote island in the Sea of Silt to plant the seed far from the influence of the sorcerer-kings. Once on the island, they find that it is not as uninhabited as they had been led to believe.
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