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Lady of Shadows: Prologue

Desert tiefling courtesy of WotC

We are monsters. We are the damned. We recognise that there will be no place in this new world for us. Like the prophets of old, we are blessed with the foreknowledge of Paradise regained, but doomed never to see it with our own eyes.

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Heroes of the Elemental Chaos as a Dark Sun supplement

Rather than give a general review of the supplement (which can be found in numerous places online), let’s go over what the Dark Sun centric player and DM would be interested and show that “Heroes of the Elemental Chaos” is worthy of being called a Dark Sun supplement even if it’s not advertised as such. In addition there are a few new pieces of Dark Sun lore that pertain to the Elemental Chaos.

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Dragon Article: Black Blade of Raam

Eye on Dark Sun

by Rodney Thompson

Despite the best efforts of the sorcerer-kings to oppress their subjects, on rare occasions individuals gain enough power and prestige to become nuisances to those despots. Sometimes, however, those who rise in status independent of the sorcerer-kings are not rebellious freedom fighters or challengers of authority, but instead agents of chaos who lash out at targets both virtuous and vile. The Black Blade is one such individual, a powerful assassin in Raam who serves neither Abalach-Re nor any of the other power bases in the city.

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Faces of the Forgotten North excerpt: Rohorind halflings

Halfling by Scott Harshbarger

Rohorind halflings are usually found in the Rohorind Forest, but might also be encountered in the western White Mountains.


Rohorind halflings descend from refugees that escaped the ruins of Basrai during the Cleansing Wars. Like most halflings of the Forest Ridge, they have forgotten most of their ancient history in the struggle to survive. Those Rohorind halfling tribes that were driven from Oronha Valley do remember that part of their history, and retain a special hatred for Kurnans.

Environment: Rohorind halflings inhabit the Rohorind Forest, located near Kurn, in huts built in the canopies of the Rohorind’s massive trees.

Typical Physical Characteristics: A Rohorind halfling is about 3 to 3 1/2 feet in height and weighs around 55pounds. Their hair and skin is usually covered with leaves and natural dyes.

Alignment: A Rohorind halfling is often neutral. Typically, 50% of a tribe will be neutral-aligned, and 40% will share the alignment of the tribe’s leader. Like Forest Ridge halflings, Rohorind halflings tend to have no mercy or pity towards non-halflings, and they are fiercely loyal to each other within their tribe, but unlike the halflings of the Forest Ridge, they often war with other halfling tribes.

Rohorind Halfling Lore

Characters with ranks in Knowledge (local [Rohorind Forest]) can learn more about Rohorind halflings. When a character makes a successful skill check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.

Knowledge (Local [Rohorind Forest])

DC Result

11 This is a halfling, a savage humanoid that belongs to the Rohorind tribe. This result reveals all humanoid traits.
16 Most people are wary to enter the Rohorind forest because of the halfling snipers and dragonfly riders that dwell in the woods.
21 Most halflings employ poisons from the creatures that inhabit their domain

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Fiction: Halfling Advice

As told one evening to a group of halfling children around a dying campfire under the light of the Athasian stars.

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