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Sheena and Kazaruth walked towards each other on the barren land of the Salt Flats. Each could see the other, but neither's face showed any recognition of the other. Both of them had been instructed by their Elemental Lords to travel through the Salt Flats. Neither of the inexperienced priests knew why, but did as they were instructed.

Elemental spells for your 2nd edition AD&D Dark Sun game.

Fiction - Lady of Shadows - Part 23

Part 23 of Lady of Shadows is up.

This was not going as I had planned.

“As you did not arrive with an army, might I assume you are not here to arrest my nephew?” Lord Talib’s voice was so soft as to be almost a whisper. His pale eyes seemed to look past me, and I wondered if perhaps he were blind.

Closing the arena

After talking with some of the other staff at, I've decided to close the arena.

The code for the arena is based on a dead forum project; even when it was alive, the hacks that I made to enable single signon made things very difficult to keep up to date. Because of this, it's become a drain on server resources, and has actually made it more difficult to keep other aspects of the site up to date.

Considering that the traffic on the arena numbers in the single digit posts-per-month range, I think it's best put into mothballs.

While I'm going to be removing the site soon, I will be saving the database; if there's a demand for it, I'll see about setting up a read-only archive of the site.

Once the arena is removed, I'll be undertaking some infrastructure modernization efforts -- Some visible, some behind the scenes. I'll talk more about that later.

[Dragon] The Widow's Spirit

This month's Dragon magazine is live today:

Let the tarrasque run roughshod over your campaign. Save the town of Hochoch in the Grand Duchy of Geoff. Deck the halls with wondrous tapestries. Build fantastic inns and taverns from scratch. PLUS: The return of the decapus, the magen, the rhagodessa, and the thoul. We proudly present for your gaming pleasure, Dragon 418.

Rodney Thompson's Eye on Dark Sun is titled The Widow's Spirit, and features plot hooks relating to the bitter spirit of an executed templar-wife of Nibenay.

As usual, all Dragon content requires a DDI subscription.

Fiction: Part 22 Lady of Shadows

Part 22 of Lady of Shadows is up.

Floating indolently in a steamy haze had resolved nothing. My shoulder still ached as I clambered out. So did my heart. I drew a little magic to quickly dry myself, wincing as the beads of moisture flashed into steam as though my skin were hot stone, then padded back to my quarters. I dressed quickly, in the charcoal-grey sampot, crown and collar. My makeshift leather ‘armour’ would serve for the journey, but was not appropriate attire for visiting the manor of a noble house.

[Dragon] Ysrilla Lightstep

A new Dragon is up (DDI subscription required). This month's Eye on Dark Sun article is "Ysrilla Lightstep", by Rodney Thompson

Ysrilla Lightstep stalks the desert wastes of Athas in search of elusive prey, defying death to claim her prize.