SHIFTING SANDS OF ATHAS
Quote from "The Wanderer's Journal"
I live in a world of fire and sand. The crimson sun scorches the life from anything that crawls or flies, and storms of sand scour the foliage from the barren ground. Lightning strikes from the cloudless sky, and peals of thunder roll unexplained across the vast tablelands. Even the wind, dry and searing as a kiln, can kill a man with thirst. This is a land of blood and dust, where tribes of feral elves sweep out of the salt plains to plunder lonely caravans, mysterious singing winds call men to slow suffocation in a Sea of Silt, and legions of slaves clash over a few bushels of moldering grain. The dragon despoils entire cities, while selfish kings squander their armies raising gaudy palaces and garish tombs. This is my home, Athas. It is an arid and bleak place, a wasteland with a handful of austere cities clinging precariously to a few scattered oases. It is a brutal and savage land, beset by political strife and
monstrous abominations, where life is grim and short.
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A campaign set in the Darksun universe that will see our would be heroes barely able to scrape out a living let alone think of achieving greatness. Survival is not guaranteed in the harsh world of Athas, in fact the only certainty is that your death will be brutal and meaningless. When a single piece of iron is worth killing ten men for, the denizens of a world are quick to adapt to their harsh reality. The Champions of Rajaat now rule their city-states as gods (The Dragon-Kings), magic users are reviled for their defiling of the world. The world cries out, but none will ever be able to avenge its suffering. It is a huge mainly desert planet scorched by a massive Sun, water and metals are scarce and sometimes used as currency. Every living thing has a special niche to fill, most are deadly, many deceptive, mutants are common, psychic or psionic powers are very common and almost everyone and every living thing has some manner of psychic talent or ability of some kind. The innate ability each individual has is known as the Will, the study of how to use or harness that Will to perform psionic powers is known as the Way. Magic is hated because it requires leeching the life force from plant life and lower life form animals to power spells and it leaves nothing but lifeless blight, ash & dust in its wake, or poisoned waters, or toxic gas, that may never be able to grow plants or sustain life again.
Not familiar with DarkSun?
Check out the following links for resources:
DarkSun Core Rules
Athasian Emporium - for weapons, armor, and equipment
DarkSun Races, Classes, terrain, religion, etc
DarkSun resource material- for more about the world of Athas, city-states, terrain, races, classes, monsters, etc
- LordDoom profile
My Gaming Style:
First things first, let me hammer out a few things on gaming style or attitude. My style is a bit gritty, a bit on the edge, pushing limits, there will be conflicts and chaos, I'm not the world's best know-it-all on the rules, player characters will not be coddled, some may even get maimed or killed! I will not mediate at the GM level for players having in game character conflicts. I did not want to start or run a game to become a baby sitter. I am looking for adult players. If characters run into issues in the game of any kind whether general problems with world situations, NPCs, enemies, or even fellow players, it needs to be played out in the game. If you kill each other so be it, oh well, that's how the cookie crumbles. Hopefully, things get worked out just like they would if you were there yourselves, figure it out amongst yourselves because I will not tell players how to play their characters. Besides, that is what makes it fun. Obviously, if someone is overly or completely obnoxious and deliberately trying to sabotage the game, then I will figure out an in-game solution to take them out, but only if absolutely necessary. It would be a last resort to go to that level, there is plenty enough to kill players without me (the GM) doing it. In the game there will likely be curse word substitutes, adult themes, innuendo, suggestive scenarios may arise, there will most certainly be lots of blood & guts, possibly drinking and drug use may come into play (remember this is just fictional fantasy people!). This will not be a game for the faint of heart, wimps, whiners, cry babies, etc, so if you are one of them please go away. If you are easily offended or like politically correct games or don't like player versus player conflicts, move along to another game. If you like gritty, hardcore, conflict, chaos, realism set in an utterly harsh, hellish, survival of the fittest, fantasy realm, then perhaps you found the right game.
Game Type / Genre:
This will be a game set in the DarkSun world setting but we will be using the GURPS system for rules and character creation. Rules to give that DarkSun feel are somewhat difficult to duplicate exactly, but I will be posting a lot of supportive fan based materials tweaked by me to suit my needs for this GURPS game.
Not familiar with GURPS?
Check out GURPS LITE 4th edition for core concepts, basic rules, etc:
GURPS Lite 4th Edition
How should people apply to play? How long will applications be accepted? How many player-spots are open?
I am looking for 1-4 players maximum. I have started an application thread for people wanting to join. I am asking that you create awesome fully fleshed out characters, the more detailed and unique the better (not strange or exotic necessarily, just interesting and unique). One post per applicant PLEASE. Edit your post if necessary. Consider it an audition because I will be choosing who gets in and who doesn't. This will not be first come first serve.
What are the rules being used for making characters?
GURPS 4th edition Rules (Using GURPS books Characters & Campaigns, also Powers & Magic if necessary)
Total Disadvantages=-100 (-95 disads and -5 Quirks)
Racial maximum stats are 18 for humans, +/- template stat adjustments for the other races (example: Max of 25 Strength for Half-Giants)
No flying races, no Terrans or Aarakocra, Prefer we stick to races listed on linked races for GURPS templates below under House Rules.
Only classes that are banned are Templars because they are in service to the Dragon-Kings and that will be in direct conflict with this game.
Any additional information or requirements:
Include miscellaneous house rules or oddities you will be using.
The magic rules for how to handle Defiler/Preserver magic has proven problematic and difficult thus far. I am still working out how this will be handled in terms of GURPS rules. I am also still open to suggestions as well. There may be some house rules but these will be posted on the OOC. Mainly we will be using the GURPS core rules system for everything. Likely magic will be handled with some combination or either one of Powers &/or Magic.
DarkSun Racial Templates created in GURPS link:
DarkSun Races in GURPS and racial templates
- I have personally made these racial templates in GURPS, and questions, comments, suggestions, etc, feel free to let me know. I welcome feedback and I am willing to consider adjustments or changes to make things better. Also, if I somehow missed a race you feel should be included feel free to make suggestions and state your case. By the way, the Tareks are essentially the same racial template as the Mul, with the exception of (appearance; squat sloping foreheads, jutting maws, pointy ears that taper towards back of head, skin colors vary by individuals from olive green to gray and even red, also add sharp teeth, sharp claws). The perfect examples of differences between human, mul and tarek can be seen in the picture above; tarek to the left with two heartpicks, a human with long skunk-like hair to the right with a steel sabre, and a mul wielding a double jawbones axe in the middle and slightly behind the human.