Yes, I agree that this is the right approach. As I mentioned upthread, I'd prefer that setting alterations WotC makes to accommodate our 21st century zeitgeist be applied to a new region that is purposefully tailored for them. And, in similar vein, I'd like new materials to have some level of remove from the Prism Pentad and Revised Campaign Setting--such that players have the ability to include their contents or not, per their preference.Although I would love to have a Dark Sun reboot. However with the zeitgeist of the current era we live some of the core elements will either have to be removed or downplayed to a point that the feel of the setting will not be the same. But I am a Dark Sun originalist and really dislike most of what came out of revised and the specifics of the Rajaat/SK's war/timeline as well as the PP novels outcome (which I enjoyed reading). If these parts are included I would prefer their mentioning be as vague as possible to leave open to individual GM interpretation.
Again, totally, agree. There is a lot of potential in simply moving the Dark Sun timeline forward to the point where the Prism Pentad characters are dead of old age and few others remain who know what happened with any clarity (which also provides opportunities for subtle retconning, if desired).Also a soft time reboot perhaps 40 or 50 years ahead so that some Athasians are alive to remember the events but most adults of the era ( Free Year 1 to Free Year 10) have died off. Therefore creating some room for haziness in survivor memories.
Huh. I always considered elemental clerics a bit vestigial to Dark Sun, but that's an interesting take.To answer your question I, and I'm sure many other fans have had these ideas that other SK's do exist elsewhere and others cities do exist. I'm Sure there is an Elemental Arch-Cleric in charge of a sun worshipping city-state.
The Dune Trader quote in item 14 is curious. Kalak being 'newly ascended' 800 years before the setting start date--whereas the city states are said to be thousands of years old in the Wanderer's Journal--kind of brings home that the 7 originally described sorcerer kings were not intended to the setting's central historical fixtures.I pushed a document a while back on the Dark Sun FB group regarding some differences from canon. (attached)