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Athas is a world of blood and dust, where a handful of austere cities cling to scattered oases, each in the grip of a tyrannical sorcerer-monarch. Masters of dark magic, they demand absolute obedience. The restless mobs are placated with brutal spectacle in the arenas, seeking distraction in cruel blood-sports. 

The land outside the cities belongs to no one. Savage elves race across the deserts while insectoid thri-kreen satisfy their taste for blood. Dwarves labour at projects beyond the scope of men, and feral halflings lie in ambush for the unwary. 

Athas is a land of deadly magic and powerful psionics that offers no promise of glory or survival. Those who do not have the cunning to face life on Athas will surely perish – leaving nothing but bones bleached white under the blistering rays of the Dark Sun.