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

Just as the unique ecology of Athas has given rise to magma elementals of stone and fire, so too has the abundance of the unique silt of Athas given rise to elementals of air and earth known as silt elementals. Silt, composed of fine particles of earth and living matter dessicated by defiling magic, covers Athas like a fine dust in some places and fills crevasses in others. Silt elementals live and lurk in places like these. Perhaps because a basic component of their physical form is a substance made from the leavings of defiling magic, silt elementals are highly destructive creatures that seem driven to crush other living beings into a fine powder.

Silt elementals are unique creatures that inhabit the wastes of Athas. They are composed of a semi-solid mass of silt with an amorphous form and a weak sense of self. They are animated by a minor intelligence and are driven by an instinct to destroy. They move quickly across the desert and can blend into both sandstorms and silt pools when necessary. They possess weak survival instincts and throw themselves recklessly against the living creatures of Athas in order to extinguish the last remnants of life on the dying world.

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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.