Themes

Themes
Did I say the combat out was the latest thing in D&D? The latest thing in D&D is themes. The ones in Dark Sun are different from the later ones published in Dragon Magazine, and the different implementation introduces a few issues: are the Dark Sun themes “stronger” than the Dragon themes? Does this matter? Obviously, some (most?) of these themes don’t mesh well with the campaign’s ideas of fey avengers in an increasingly human-dominated world, but some (animal master, explorer, outlaw, scholar, seer, primal guardian, wasteland nomad) certainly do.

As of this writing (November 7, 2011), there are the following officially published themes:

Theme Source Campaign Fit
Alchemist Heroes of Nature and Lore (Dragon #399)
Animal Master Heroes of Nature and Lore (Dragon #399) Yes
Athasian Minstrel Dark Sun No
Chevalier Heroes of Virtue (Dragon #399)
Dead Rat Deserter Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Devil’s Pawn Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Dune Trader Dark Sun No
Elemental Priest Dark Sun No
Escaped Slave Dark Sun No
Explorer Heroes for Hire (Dragon #399) Yes
Fatedancer The Fatedancer (Dragon #401) No
Gladiator Dark Sun No
Gloomwrought Emissary Born from Shadow Dragon #400
Guardian Heroes of Virtue (Dragon #399)
Guttersnipe Heroes for Hire (Dragon #399)
Harper Agent Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Knight Hospitaler Heroes of Virtue (Dragon #399)
Iron Wolf Warrior The Iron Wolf Barbarians (Dragon #400) Yes
Mercenary Heroes for Hire (Dragon #399)
Neverwinter Noble Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Noble Heroes of Virtue (Dragon #399)
Noble Adept Dark Sun No
Oghma’s Faithful Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Order Adept Heroes of Nature and Lore (Dragon #399)
Ordained Priest Heroes of Tome and Temple (Dragon #399)
Outlaw Heroes for Hire (Dragon #399) Yes
Pack Outcast Neverwinter Campaign Setting Yes
Primal Guardian Dark Sun Yes
Scholar Heroes of Tome and Temple (Dragon #399) Yes
Scion of Shadow Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Seer Heroes of Tome and Temple (Dragon #399) Yes
Son of Alagondar Neverwinter Campaign Setting No
Student of Evard Born from Shadow Dragon #400
Templar Dark Sun
Uthgardt Barbarian Neverwinter Campaign Setting Maybe
Veiled Alliance Dark Sun No
Wasteland Nomad Dark Sun Yes
Wilder Dark Sun No
Wizard’s Apprentice Heroes of Nature and Lore (Dragon #399)

Themes

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