The Water Margin
Characters in the DARK SUN setting are exceptionally tough and versatile, simply so that they can face the hardships of the barren, desert world. Many of the character races and classes found in other campaign settings function differently in DARK SUN, because the climate, the peculiarities of the world, and the social strata force specialized behaviors.
Due to the extreme hazards of the setting, DARK SUN characters start at 3rd level, with the maximum number of hit points for their level and hit dice. Less-skilled characters simply wouldn’t survive adventuring in the harsh environment.
Players should familiarize themselves with: