Life in Athas is a harrowing experience. The land abounds with perilous hazards and deadly monsters. In spartan gladitorial arenas, contenders battle armored braxats and hardened muls that are intent on eviscerating them for the crowd’s pleasure. In the merciless wastes, belgoi draw adventurers to their doom with the alluring jingle of bells, or savage humanoid tribes of gith or halflings hunt travelers for pleasure, loot, and even food. And, in the Sea of Silt, giants guard their borders against any trespassers who manage to survive the constricting tentacles of the silt horrors.
The Dark Sun Campaign Setting provides exciting character options for D&D players, including new races, new character themes and class builds, new paragon paths and epic destinies, and new equipment. It also provides everything Dungeon Masters need to run 4th Edition Dark Sun campaigns or include Dark Sun elements in their homebrew campaigns. It has rules and advice for handling survival challenges, arena encounters, desert terrain, and adventure creation. It also presents a short, ready-to-play introductory adventure.
A special thanks goes to Jon Schindehette, senior art director for this project, plus artists Ralph Beisner, Eric Belisle, Kerem Beyit, Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai, Julie Dillon, Emrah Elmasli, Wayne England, Jason A. Engle, Warren Mahy, William O’Connor, David Rapoza, John Stanko, Sarah Stone, Eva Widermann, and Wayne Reynolds.