A highly unconventional fantasy world, where it is as hard to survive the environment as the monsters!
Publisher's blurb: "Amid the barren wastelands of Athas lies the scattered city states, each in the grip of its own, tyrannical sorceror-king. Protecting their own positions with dark magic, they demand absolute obedience. The restless mobs are placated with bread and circuses - the arenas overflow with spectators seeking release from their harsh lives.
"The land outside the cities belongs to no one. Savage elves race across the deserts while insectoid thri-kreen satisfy their taste for blood. Dwarves labor at projects beyond the scope of men, and feral halflings lie in ambush.
"Athas is a land of deadly magic and powerful psionics that offers no promise of glory or even of survival. Those who do not have the cunning to face life on Athas will surely perish - leaving nothing but bones bleached white under the blistering rays of the Dark Sun."
More when I get hold of a copy!
Authors: Troy Denning and Timothy B. Brown
Publishers' Reference: TSR2400
Box set: 2 96-page books, 2 24-page flip books, 16-page book, 2 fold-out maps
Date: October 1991
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Product page last updated: 17 August 2010