The Burnt World of Athas

The official Dark Sun website

Abalach-Re Returns

Abalach-Re was one of the Sorcerer-Monarchs the Heroes of Tyr killed in the events of the Prism Pentad, or was she?

An Unofficial article brought forth from the archives. This article was originally part of the Sand of Athas netzine (more articles and info forthcoming)

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Upcoming articles!

We’re digging into the archives to rerelease old ancient articles. When TBWoA became the official Dark Sun page we were required to only post 3rd Edition material. Now that WotC seems to be embracing the prior editions we’ll be re-releasing older edition articles.

Regular articles will be released on Monday and Friday. Wednesday’s will be for fiction.

Wed Feb 29, 2012 Beriah’s Tale

Fri Mar 2, 2012 Kaprak: City of the Druid

Mon Mar 5, 2012 Kuur’Ta’All

Wed Mar 7, 2012 Abalach-Re Returns

Fri Mar 9, 2012 Home of the Gods

Mon Mar 12, 2012 Chimes of Personal Power

Wed Mar 14, 2012 Cadmar’s Tale

Fri Mar 16, 2012 Weapons of Athas

Mon Mar 19, 2012 Net Project: Herbs of Athas

Wed Mar 21, 2012 Halfling Advice

Fri Mar 23, 2012 Random Monsters by Terrain Type

Ashes of Athas pregen contest

Baldman Games, who produce the shared-play Ashes of Athas campaign, are holding a contest for the best level 6 pregens. The deadline for submissions is on January 12th.

http://forums.baldmangames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=244

Ur-Draxa [Dragon]

Dragon Magazine brings us an article on Ur-Draxa by Travis Stout and Rodney Thompson.

Filling the heart of an island whose name has been lost to time, the Valley of Dust and Fire sits like a festering wound. Volcanic ash chokes the air, and an ever-present storm of silt scours anyone foolish enough to try to reach the island’s surface. Sightings from a distance have spawned both tales of wonder and tales of horror, because depending on which bard you believe, within the valley lies a city that is either the last refuge of Athas’s verdant past, a land of ease and plenty, or a twisted nightmare citadel, the birthplace of the death of the world.

Given the bleak, harsh nature of Athas, it is no surprise that the latter legend is far closer to the truth. Two millennia ago, Ur Draxa, the capital of the island nation of Ebe, was a paradise. The draconic ascension of Borys of Ebe reduced the island to a blasted waste that was haunted by strange elemental spirits. Ur Draxa has become a city of the unquiet dead, her citizens’ lives snuffed out to feed the grotesque sorceries that transformed Borys into the Dragon.

Next month, an article on the Cerulean Storm that destroys the dragon’s city! (Well, if history is any precedent….)

Death Mark Novel Review

Robert Schwalb’s first novel Death Mark is scheduled for release on December 6th, 2011. Robert Adducci (Raddu) reviews the latest Dark Sun novel.

It’s easy to tell that Schwalb not only knows the setting (he is one of the 4th edition authors), but that he’s a fan.

Read more of Raddu’s Death Mark novel review

The Nine Swords of Tyr [dungeon]

new dungeon article, The Nine Swords of Tyr

In the dark days before the death of Kalak of Tyr, the Veiled Alliance hatched a desperate plan to craft weapons designed to destroy the sorcerer-kings. A council of Veiled Alliance leaders met in secret within the city, the first and only time in memory that such a risky gathering was attempted. The greatest arcane minds that the resistance had to offer compiled secret instructions for the creation of weapons that would defend their wielders against the most powerful of the defilers’ attacks, and undermine their greatest defenses.