30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element?

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What is your Favorite Setting Element?

1. The world is a desert
1
10%
2. The world is savage
1
10%
3. Metal is scarce
0
No votes
4. Arcane magic defiles the world
4
40%
5. Sorcerer-kings rule the city-states
2
20%
6. The gods are silent
1
10%
7. Fierce monsters roam the world
0
No votes
8. Familiar races aren't what you expect
1
10%
 
Total votes : 10

30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element?

Postby Big Mac » Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:44 am

It's the Dark Sun 25th Anniversary and The Burnt World of Athas (aka Athas.org) is celbrating with "30 Days of Dark Sun".

Here is what Athas.org is doing for Day 1: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element.

So which of the eight elements is your favourite?
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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element

Postby Tim Baker » Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:59 am

So hard to pick just one....
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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element

Postby Big Mac » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:19 am

Tim Baker wrote:So hard to pick just one....


It certainly is.

I kind of thought about what could be removed from Dark Sun, without it being totally different.

I decided that you could run Dark Sun with some of the elements added in, and that the thing I would personally miss the most was the Sorcerer Kings. That's something I've not seen done in any other setting.

(Although there are other regions of Athas that don't have Sorcerer Kings.)
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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element

Postby Zeromaru X » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:06 am

My favorite element when I learned about Dark Sun (in 4e era) was that the world was a desert. Because is different from your "mountainous forested valley" from other D&D settings. A desert is harsh, more demanding for the survival. Also, reminded me of Mad Max.
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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element

Postby Yaztromo » Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:06 pm

I think that this setting is all around the core concept of magic defiling the world.
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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element

Postby agathokles » Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:09 pm

"Magic defiles the world", "the world is desertic", and "the world is savage" are all related, as they all descend from defiling magic and similar abuses of magic (the use of the sun energies from the Pristine Tower). It all fits into the ecologic disaster theme that is the base of Dark Sun (and in this sense, the Mad Max tone is appropriate).

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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element

Postby Big Mac » Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:14 pm

agathokles wrote:"Magic defiles the world", "the world is desertic", and "the world is savage" are all related, as they all descend from defiling magic and similar abuses of magic (the use of the sun energies from the Pristine Tower). It all fits into the ecologic disaster theme that is the base of Dark Sun (and in this sense, the Mad Max tone is appropriate).


That's true. They have knitted the themes together quite well.

But they could have done a green world with small areas of defiled damage.

And they could have done a jungle world with savage monsters (like Malatra: The Living Jungle).

I suppose that these themes fit together better than some of the other themes. I wonder which of the themes are less integrated than the others.
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Re: 30 Days of Dark Sun 1: Favorite Setting Element?

Postby agathokles » Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:41 pm

What I'm saying is that they are not primary elements, as they descend from the initial theme of ecologic disaster (Gaia's Lament). The examples you make are all cases where the parent them would not be developed as well, and they IMO support the point that Gaia's Lament is the key theme, not those others.

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