New DS campaign that will be recorded detailing locations in Athas... input


(RC) #1

I am starting a Dark Sun group. One of the players wants to record it and put it up. I said fine. Then I got to thinking about what I wanted to do with this extended campaign that we’ve been wanting to do for years.

So my intent is to visit every location (or at least nearly so) on the map. Part of that will be briefly detailing locations with some NPCs, including minor documentation. As a GM, I’m always willing to use easily available info. So rather than keeping notes to myself, I thought it might be useful to publish the notes along with the recording of the adventure.

I am starting them in Balic and intend to traverse that area first. If anyone has a passing interest, do you have a location you would like some details on?


(Brent Welborn) #2

Welcome to The Burnt World of Athas.
I wrote some details about North and South Ledopolous, which are near Balic, if you’re interested.


(RC) #3

Thanks! I’m sure I’ll have them visit there at some point. I can’t remember but do those towns show up in an adventures? I am going to run them through all the boxed adventures.


(Brent Welborn) #4

I think South Ledopolous might get a brief mention in Merchant House Amketch, but I don’t think any details are provided.
In the official books, Balic gets some good detail in Slave Tribes and Veiled Alliance.


#5

Maybe not locations per se, but Merchant Houses and the intrigue they get into maybe great to explore.

If i recall correctly, Balic has three instead of one major house (Tomblador, Reese and Wavir?). Players could be from any of those, a spy for one or have an own secret agenda.

A nice campagn theme could be getting contacts and building influence for oneself and for one house. A secret agenda could be gathering info on all the Veiled Alliances or Elven tribes. Either to sell or oppose them or to aid or even unite them.

A nice variation of a character tree is having a main character and minions. Every few sessies or every location a player can make a new character, usually one in deep trouble. If that character survives the player can keep it as contact in that location or send it on missions or so. Some NPC’s may also be obtained as contacts that way. This allows for some deadly combat where you as a DM don’t have to worry about keeping players alive. Maybe some cloak and dagger backstabbing?

In addition the players can trade, selling and picking up bargains. I’d start with Silt Skimmer and go on a siltfaring adventure. Maybe face off some pirates slave tribe, trade with North and South Ledopolis and up to the end of the silt tongue. If successful the Silt Skimmer can unload it’s cargo on a caravan (with a huge Howdah iirc it’s called?). It could also be damaged or even lost, helping the dwarves or even or the slaves.

Altaruk is run by the three Balic Merchant Houses, but depending on the timeline may be overrun by Tyrians. Maybe have a bloody tradewar with the Tyr traders (Vordon?), or have that Merchant House collapse without the support of Kalak. Could even recruit agents of that House. This independent village is the ideal homebase from which to travel to all corners of the map.