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Magma ElementalsD&D Insider Article
Eye on Dark Sun
by Rodney Thompson

Although rarely seen, magma elementals are thought to come into existence in places where great elemental power intersects with a warped or damaged landscape. They appear as shifting, amorphous masses of superheated rock and chunks of stone, a semiliquid creature that leaves a trail of charred earth in its wake. Because they arise from the fusion of earth elementals and fire elementals in the crucible of the Athasian wastes, magma elementals share similarities to both types while still remaining unique.

Some magma elementals are the subjects of worship by the elemental priests of Athas, who believe them to be manifestations of Athas’s unique, elemental nature. Magma archons, in particular, frequently use the adulation of the natural inhabitants of Athas to their own ends. They see elemental priests as agents to be used and then discarded.

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    About the Author

    Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, his credits for Dungeons & Dragons include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.