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The Broken BuildersD&D Insider Article
Eye on Dark Sun
by Rodney Thompson

Athas is a dangerous world where hope dies, wilting under the burning sun. Every day, its people face starvation, slavery, and tyranny. The burnt world of Athas is literally forsaken by the gods, and there is precious little hope of respite from its dangers. The basic philosophy held by the Broken Builders is simple: they must do their best to ensure that the world becomes so utterly devastated that the elemental beings can fully shatter it in preparation for rebuilding Athas the way it was meant to be.

Defilers are lured to the Broken Builders by the same sense of acceptance and offer of resources that draws preservers to the Veiled Alliance. The Broken Builders don’t just allow defilers to destroy the land in order to produce their potent spells, they actually encourage the use of the very defiling magic that probably caused these defilers to become outcasts in the first place.

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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.