~The Cerulean Chronicles1
Welcome to the Tablelands in the Year of Mountain’s Fury in the 194th King’s Age. Dark Sun is a Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting originally created during 2.0. It was TSR’s first really non-Tolkien inspired campaign setting, using as inspiration instead the sword-and-planet fantasy worlds of Burroughs and others as well as many historical Earth cultures. Wizards of the Coast chose to not publish their own Dark Sun campaign information for 3.0 and 3.5, instead letting both The Burnt World of Athas and Paizo Publishing create separate (and not fully compatible) versions that were both “official” adaptations. This campaign uses a unique blend of the two, most obviously seen in the character creation guidelines.
The world of Athas hides many long lost secrets. Literacy is outlawed, so history is almost always passed down orally. All it would take is someone psionically powerful enough, and the proper bits of history can be expunged from the mental record. The saying goes that knowledge is power, so those who can unearth the long-burried secrets of Athas can become powerful indeed. To what ends will a man go to find just one? Theft? Murder? For some, even worse things are worth the prize they seek. Can anyone stop such person? Or should they try to beat him to the punch?
1 With appologies to the late Robert E. Howard for the parody of The Phoenix on the Sword
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