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Mind Lords of the Last Sea (2e)

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The Wanderer's Chronicle

Beyond the Scorched Plateau, across the Burning Plains, in the shadow of the Thunder Mountains, the largest body of water beneath the crimson sun sparkles like a desert mirage. But the place is real, for I have seen it. I felt the cool spray on my skin, tasted the salt mist on my lips. It is the Last Sea, a remnant of a long-lost age hidden far to the north of Tyr

--From The Wanderer's Journal?

The Last Sea, a huge body of cool water, remains locked in time, a manifestation of the Green Age that survives to the current Athasian era. Here, people live in safety and peace - as long as they follow the laws set forth by the ancient, immortal Mind Lords who rule over them.

Mind Lords of the Last Sea details the environs and societies living in a hidden valley hundreds of miles north of the Tyr Region. On the shores of the largest known body of water on Athas, the ancient city of Saragar rises like a temple to the Green Age, and the Triune Mind Lords hold sway over all with their powerful psionic abilities.

This accessory is the second in a series of "Wanderer's Chronicles" that explores the new areas of Athas. It features:

  • A 96-page sourcebook that details the hidden valley, the Last Sea, and all the creatures and intelligent races that inhabit the region - as well as a comprehensive look at the Mind Lords and their great city, Saragar. This sourcebook also includes new monsters, new rules, and new equipment specific to this new region.
  • A 32-page adventure book that provides a ready-to-play adventure set in Saragar and around the Last Sea.
  • A full-color map of the Last Sea region, complete with plenty of exciting new locations to explore.

By the Last Sea, the danger is all in your mind?

Product History

Mind Lords of the Last Sea (1996), by Matt Forbeck, is the second book in the Wanderer's Chronicle series for Revised Dark Sun. It was released in January 1996.

Origins. Mind Lords was written in a cabin without electricity in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Forbeck had to bring his laptop to a neighbor's cabin every night to charge up on power. As thanks, Forbeck named some things in the book (such as the towns of Huddleston and Shallat) after family friends in the area.

Forbeck remembers having a pretty free hand when he was freelancing Mind Lords. He put in some "wacky" material and expected to get requests for revision … but TSR kept his work largely intact.

Continuing the Dark Sun Series. In 1995, TSR released Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised (1995), a new boxed set that advanced the timeline of Athas past the Prism Pentad novel series (1991-1993).

Following the publication of this Revised edition of the setting, TSR began to dramatically expand the world of Athas, which previously had been constrained to the Tyr region. This was primarily done through a series of boxes named "The Wanderer's Chronicle". The first of them was Windriders of the Jagged Cliffs (1995); Mind Lords of the Last Sea was the second and last.

Love It or Hate It? Mind Lords is certainly the most controversial book in the Dark Sun line, primarily because it went against many of the themes of the setting. It's set around a huge lake in a mostly desert landscape; it has a seemingly happy populace in a previously ruthless environment; and it features joyful skills like surfing and sailboarding in a normally joyless world. Some people say that Mind Lords is where Dark Sun jumped the shark.

On the flip side, Mind Lords presents an unusual setting that could be straight out of a science-fiction novel. Despite appearing to be a utopia, the world of the Last Sea is a dictatorship where happiness is mandatory. Beyond that, the supplement generally expands both Dark Sun and D&D in some creative directions.

As with many off-kilter ideas, the success of Mind Lords of the Last Sea depends on how a GM presents it.

Expanding Athas. Mind Lords represents a massive expansion of Athas thanks to its detailing of new lands to the north. It focuses on the Last Sea, the city of Saragar, and nearby realms like the Burning Plains and the Thunder Mountains. Before the Expanded and Revised edition of Dark Sun, this type of geographical expansion was entirely unknown for the Athas setting.

Monsters of Note. Mind Lords includes stats for several creatures of the region, many of them maritime, including dolphins. And sharks.

Future History. The phrase "Mind Lords" was used again in Dark Sun Campaign Setting (2010), but this time to refer to members of the Order, not the rulers of the Last Sea region.

About the Creators. Forbeck freelanced extensively in the RPG industry starting in the early '90s. In 1996, he wrote both Mind Lords of the Last Sea and DMGR8: Sages & Specialists (1996) for TSR. They were his only major works for the company.

About the Product Historian

The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the editor-in-chief of RPGnet and the author of Designers & Dragons - a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Thanks to Robert Adducci for Dark Sun advice. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.appelcline@gmail.com.

 
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