Shards of a Broken Crown

From Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Sun Campaign Setting by Richard Baker, Robert J. Schwalb, and Rodney Thompson

Beneath a crimson sun lie wastelands of majestic desolation and cities of cruel splendor, where sandal-clad heroes battle ancient sorcery and terrible monsters. This is Athas, the world of the Dark Sun campaign setting, a dying planet of savagery and desolation. Life hangs by a thread in this barren land, and now it is up to you to write your own story in blood and glory.(Baker 4)

“Freedom? You are all fools! Your freedom will be taken from you, for I have seen the portents. They will come from below, they will bind the elements, they will pierce the defenses, and they will bring him back. Mighty King Kalak shall be reborn, and you will all bow before him once more!” —Zalath the Insane, beggar

Many in the harsh desert world of Athas look with envy to Tyr as a place fortunate enough to have found freedom. They fail to realize that Tyr’s freedom has been costly, leaving the city on the brink of chaos. The death of King Kalak at the hands of the Veiled Alliance left his templars without magic and created a power vacuum. Multiple factions including King Tithian, merchants, nobles, templars, and former slaves struggle to control the city and set its course.

The weeks following Kalak’s death were extremely difficult for the crafters, merchants, and nobility who had once prospered through slavery and the old balance of power. For every stride forward in the name of progress Tyr achieved, it slipped back two steps because of inner turmoil and treachery. A malevolent force prods the crippled city-state, some fear Kalaks madness has spread to the citizens. Riots spring up without notice and shanties in the warrens blaze at night, painting the skyline of the Golden tower crimson with fury.

Tyr is weak and unsteady, it is only a matter of time before the greedy eyes of the remaining sorcerer-kings fix themselves on the crippled city-state. Will a group of adventurers rise to the defense of this bastion of freedom or will they serve their own interests and watch it burn to the ground…

Dark Sun: Shards of a Broken Crown

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