Chaos Out of Order
Races of Athas forum thread
This is a place to discuss the races of Athas.
Wed Oct 12, 2005 2:52 am
Character Generation: Races of Athas
| For Chaos Out of Order I have decided to follow the Dragon Magazine Issue #319 Dark Sun campaign setting races. While the role playing information from the TSR books and The Burnt World of Athas files are all valid, I disagree with the following sidebar from page 4 of The Burnt World of Athas Dark Sun 3.5 document:
Behind the Veil: AttributesI felt that the Dragon Magazine Dark Sun Player’s Handbook was truer to the original setting, as outlined on page 19:
RACES OF ATHASThis gave racial bonuses to attributes. After 300 years the non-versitile races (i.e. those races which don’t get to pick any extra skill and any extra feat, but instead have a specific set of skill and feat bonuses) stabilized their attribute bonuses along racial lines. It made so much sense, that I consider it an improvement over the original system from Dark Sun 2.0.
Another reason I went with the Dragon Magazine article “Dark Sun Setting & Races” was that it gave everyone psionics, just as the original setting. However, instead of granting a wild talent power to non-psions, after 300 years the non-versitile races stabilized their psionic abilities along racial lines and granted them to their members reguardless of class. It also made so much sense, that I consider it another improvement over the original system from Dark Sun 2.0.
I also liked the Dragon & Dungeon Dark Sun 3.5 campaign setting idea of setting the world calendar ahead 300 years. I had bought the first several months worth of supplements before our gaming group desolved, and so I never knew where the metaplot went from there. The jump 300 years ahead allowed me to avoid a lot of reseach and provided me with two new races: the elan and maenads. I liked how Dragon inserted them into the Dark Sun mythos, and good thing too, as Kitty ended up picking a maenad!
So, that is why we’re using the Dragon Magazine Issue #319 Dark Sun races in Chaos Out of Order. Any questions or comments?
Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:15 am
Races of Athas (TSR Supplements)
| Well, now that I have copies of Elves of Athas and Thri-Kreen of Athas , I’ll be incorportaing elements from both. As such, I’d like the players whose characters are of these races to read the following:
EoA p. 23-24 (Independent Spirit), 24 (Elves and Love), 24-26 (Elven Honour), 35-36 (City Life), 36-38 (Wilderness Life), 40 (Language and Nonenclature), 43-44 (Courtship and Other Customs), and 90 (Free-Wanderer).
TKoA p. 35-36 (Venom and Crystal), 52 (Weapon Size, 2nd bullet), 52 (Handedness), 66-67 (Trade), 68-69 (Without the Clutch, whole section except How the Cities Treat Thri-Kreen), 70-73 (Language and Communication), and 78 (The Thri-Kreen “Nations”).Players can certainly read more. However, as these books are set almost 300 years in the past they should not expect elven tribes and tohr-kreen lathuks to be in the same state as listed within.
Sat Aug 05, 2006 7:28 pm
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