The Dark Sun is a setting for a game, but was a fictional world that was perfect for fiction. Troy Denning created a five book series featuring a group of heroes of a sort that the Dark Sun world might produce. Filled as it was with half giants, dragons, slaves, pit fighters, and all the horror of a extreme desert world, survival alone required heroism.
“The Mouser sighed. The moment had come, he knew, as it always did, when outward circumstances and inner urges commanded an act, when curiosity and fascination tipped the scale of caution, when the lure of a vision and an adventure became so great and deep-hooking that he must respond to it or have his inmost self-respect eaten away.”
“What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I, who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs—I was a man before I was a king.”
Robert E. Howard
Karl Edward Wagner