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New Dangers in a Dangerous Land
by Bruce R. Cordell

The crimson sun of Athas scorches the life from anything that crawls or f lies, and storms of sand scour the foliage from the barren ground. Athas is a land of blood and dust, whose residents must be crueler, faster, and hungrier than their fellows to survive.

The Dark Sun Creature Catalog introduces new monsters and monster themes suitable for the harsh orb of Athas, where every day is a struggle. This article details a few additional varieties of monsters, adds two new themes (defiler and templar), and presents an example monster for each of those new themes.

To use arcane magic on Athas, whether the practitioner is humanoid or monstrous, involves drawing on the vitality of plants, animals, and minor primal spirits. Monsters that can cast or otherwise channel arcane magic are defilers by nature, and they create swaths of destruction wherever they go. Some monsters know how to defile by instinct; others learn.

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    About the Author

    Bruce R. Cordell is an Origins and ENnie award-winning game designer whose long list of professional credits includes the Gamma World game, Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Prince of Undeath, and Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead. Bruce is also an author of Forgotten Realms novels, including the Abolethic Sovereignty series and the Sword of the Gods series. Find him online at