Dark*Sun: The Terrors Of Athas
Arcane casters draw their magical engergise from the living and life-giving nature around them, whether they use preserving or defiling magic. Defiling magic however, is something more vile. While preservers cast spells in harmony with nature, subtly using their magic to return to the land what they have taken from it, defilers care nothing for such harmony and brutally scar the land with every spell they cast. The bitter dichotomy of these two extremes is often the stuff of Athasian legend, for defilers wield magic with no concern for their dying world. Indeed defilers are much to blame for Athas’s current state. With each spell they cast, defilers draw magical energy from the life force of plants in the vicinity and channel it to their own selfish ends. Often draining the land of life and energy. Even worse, the defiling magic of sorcerer-kings is so powerful that it destroys living animals as well as plants. The ash created by defiler magic is black and grey, completely devoid of life or life-giving elements. Nothing will grow in an area of ash for months, even years. With the wild destructive might of defiling magic and the more forgiving but no less powerful preserving magic, the wizards of Athas shape and mold the harsh realities of their world. The influences of foul defilers, the valiant efforts of preservers, and the corrupt researches of sorcerer-kings have left their mark on the wizards trade.
Doktuka of the Veiled Alliance