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DSR4 Valley of Dust and Fire (2e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Benjamin S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/06/2005 00:00:00

Simply put, this is one of the best 2nd edition D&D sourcebooks ever released. It provides extensive detail on the mysterious and forgotten city of Ur Draxa, the city of doom, which is found on an island deep in the Sea of Silt. This immense walled city is the home of The Dragon, the resident bad ass of the Dark Sun setting. The Dragon is the closest thing Athas has to a god and only the greatest of heroes will even have a chance of getting within sight of Ur Draxa's walls, much less into The Dragon's inner sanctum. The Valley of Dust and Fire is masterfully conceived and helps lend a sense of awe to the power of The Dragon. Now, the only problem here is that if you own the Revised Dark Sun boxed set instead of the original, you're going to be utterly lost. I once foolishly recommended in an RPGnow review that the revised edition was a better value than the original, but after reading both thoroughly, I've changed my mind. It just changes too many things about the world. For example, you might have noticed that I capitalize "The Dragon." Well, that's because The Dragon, as presented in this book, could squash a terrasque with a flick of its wrist. Seriously, it would kill all but the most incredibly powerful PCs just drawing life energy to power its spells. Of course, in the Revised Boxed Set, we're supposed to believe that some hero from the Dark Sun novels got a spiffy sword and killed The Dragon. Right. Only TSR would put out novels that make existing source material utterly useless (Ur Draxa is destroyed in one of the novels). Anyway, if you like the doom and gloom oppressiveness of the original Dark Sun setting, you will love this book. The Dragon is the ultimate villian: An invincible foe who resides in an almost invulnerable city behind nearly impenetrable defenses. Long life The Dragon!<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Well written and well laid out. The whole concept of the Valley itself is great. It does an amazing job of making the average Dark Sun character feel small, inadequite, and insignificant in the face of The Dragon, which is exactly characters are supposed to feel on Athas in general. If you want an optimistic world where heroes will always prevail, play in another setting.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Well, aside from the fact that TSR threw everything in it out the window within a few years by destroying both The Dragon and Ur Draxa in the Dark Sun novels, what's not to like?<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>

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