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City Under the Sand
Author(s) Jeff Mariotte
Publisher Wizards of the Coast
Released 5 October 2010
Type Novel
Binding Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-13 ISBN 978-0786956234
Series The Abyssal Plague
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Aric, a half-elf with a rare natural ability with the psionic discipline known as "the Way," must find his place in a world ruled by the tyranny of evil sorcerer kings, and dominated by the savage wilds of the Athasian desert, a world presided over by the unrelenting crimson eye of Dark Sun.

When Aric is brought into a quest to search for a priceless trove weapons, he would rather keep his head down and live a simple life. But nothing is simple in the city of Nibenay with it reclusive ruler known as the Shadow King. And in a world where metal is the rarest of commodities, Aric's "way" with metal is an even rarer talent.

Enlisted by the Shadow King himself to seek out this cache of metal weaponry, Aric heads into the desert with a treacherous band of adventurers. Allegiances are tested and secrets are uncovered. But sometimes the secrets hidden by the sands of time should remain undiscovered.

When Aric and his band uncover an evil perhaps greater than the Shadow King himself, it is a race against time to see who will harness its power.




  • Aric - A half-elf blacksmith with the uncanny psionic ability to see the history of steel. He is in love with a nobleman's daughter and his mother died when he was young. As one of the few blacksmiths in Nibenay he has the honor of crafting metal weapons for nobles and templars alike.

The dwarf Mazzax portrayed one of the best depictions of dwarf logic.