Personality and Background


Remove Abyssal, Celestial, Infernal, Gnomish, Goblin, Orc, and Undercommon from the Languages tables. Add Literacy and Kreen to the Standard Language table. Add Ancient Giustenal and Gith to the Ancient Languages table.

Common has a dialect for each of the seven city states. Each city state likewise has a slightly varied alphabet. Regardless of differences, the language can be used interchangeably with only little trouble. Likewise, Halfling has three distinct dialects that are nominally interchangeable.

Ancient Giustenal: The language of destroyed Giustenal, this ancestor-language of Dray is sometimes seen in magical texts.

Gith: The language of the desert-dwelling Gith has no connection to any Athasian language, though certain beings summoned from the Astral Sea speak a related language.

Kreen: This is the language of thri-kreen. It relies upon pheromones and gestures, as well as sounds. Kreen cannot be learned or understood by those who are not thri-kreen. It has no written form.

Literacy: Writing is illegal in the Tablelands, and requires special training. A character with the literacy “language” can read and write any other languages she knows, so long as that language has a written form. (Literacy is not itself a functional language.)


Modify the flavor of each background to fit the setting of Dark Sun, particularly the text of background features and of Personality Traits, Ideals, Bonds, and Flaws.

Remove from the equipment packages any items that were previously found in the Equipment chapter in the Player’s Handbook but are not found on the Equipment page. Also remove anything that contains writing. (A character with literacy can have items with writing, keeping in mind that such things are illegal.) Replace any dagger with knife. Amend any mention of gold pieces (gp) to ceramic pieces (cp).

Replace proficiency with forgery kit or calligrapher’s tools with painter’s supplies. Replace vehicle (water) with vehicle (silt). Replace smith’s tools with another artisan’s tools of your choice.

Entertainer: Replace the default disguise kit proficiency with poisoner’s kit. Athasian “bards” have been known to moonlight as assassins.

Noble: You can select the variant Noble: Templar, which gives you the Untouchable background feature. Thanks to your position in society, you can abuse the lower castes without retribution. No matter where you go, people are afraid of you due to your status. When you are in a civilized town or city, particularly your home city, you can get away with minor criminal offenses like refusing to pay for food, breaking down the doors at a local shop, or bullying non-templar officials. Most people will not report your activities and most authorities wouldn’t act on such reports anyway.

Personality and Background

Kings of Dust and Bone Randy Randy