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The City of Doors
The City of Doors
Oct 24 '11
Dec 18 '13 at 7:44pm
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e
New Planescape Player Needed
The City of Doors
Sigil is located atop the Spire in the Outlands. It has the shape of a torus; the city itself is located on the inner surface of the ring. There is no sky, simply an all-pervasive light that waxes and wanes to create day and night. Sigil cannot be entered or exited save via portals; although this makes it quite safe from any would-be invader, it also makes it a prison of sorts for those not possessing a portal key. Thus, sometimes Sigil is called "The Cage". Though Sigil is pseudo-geographically located "at the center of the planes" (where it is positioned atop the infinitely tall Spire), scholars argue that this is impossible since the planes are infinite in all dimensions, and therefore there can never truly be a center to any of them, let alone all of them; thus, Sigil is of no special importance. Curiously, from the Outlands one can see Sigil atop the supposedly infinite Spire.
Sigil contains innumerable portals that can lead to anywhere in the Dungeons & Dragons cosmology: any bounded opening (a doorway, an arch, a barrel hoop, a picture frame) could possibly be a portal to another plane, or to another point in Sigil itself. Thus, the city is a paradox: it touches all planes at once, yet ultimately belongs to none; from these characteristics it draws its other name: "The City of Doors".
The ruler of Sigil is the mysterious Lady of Pain. The Lady is sometimes seen in Sigil as a floating, robed Lady with a face bearing a mantle of blades. The Lady does not concern herself with the laws of the city; she typically only interferes when something threatens the stability of Sigil itself. However, she is an entity of inscrutable motives, and often those who cross her path, even accidentally, are flayed to death or teleported to her hidden Mazes, lost forever. It is widely believed that she never speaks, although some unconfirmed (and, most would argue, highly questionable) rumours to the contrary do exist. Sigil is also highly morphic, allowing its leader to alter the city at her whim.
Sigil is, theoretically, a completely neutral ground: no wars are waged there and no armies pass through. Furthermore, no powers (such as deities) can enter into Sigil; the Lady has barred them from the Cage, though some disguised avatars have made it in and been promptly dispatched by the lady. It is also of great interest to them, as they could use Sigil to send their worshippers anywhere, and it is at the center of the Outer Planes. Of course, Sigil is hardly peaceful; with such a condensed population, consisting of everything from angelic devas to demonic glabrezu, violence is common, usually befalling the foolhardy, the incautious, or the poor. Most natives of Sigil ("Cagers") are quite jaded as a result of living there.
People coming to Sigil from the Prime Material Plane are often treated as clueless inferiors by the planar elitists who dwell there. They are thus widely referred to as the "Clueless", or more charitably, as "Primes".
Sigil is divided into six districts, called wards:
* The Hive Ward, the slum and the ghetto, home to the poor, the rogues, and the unwanted dregs of the city.
* The Lower Ward, an industrial district, clogged up with the smoke from the foundries and from the portals to the Lower Planes.
* The Clerk's Ward, an affluent district, home to most of the city's lower-rung bureaucrats and middlemen.
* The Market and Guildhall Wards are the home to the traders, craftsmen, artisans, guild members and other members of the middle class.
* The Lady's Ward, the richest and most exclusive section of the city, is home to the elites of society and of its government.
(the above information from Wikipedia)
Factions and Organizations
as described in the original boxed setting. The Faction Wars never happened.
If the organization has a base of operations, it is listed in parentheses.
- (Lady's) An association of Celestials dedicating to helping the impoverished and downtrodden.
- (Lower) A business run by Devils, known for its hedonistic tendencies.
- (Unknown) Sigil's most successful crime "family." All of its known important members are intelligent undead.
Universal Education Center
(Clerks) - Sparsely populated building dedicated to helping all intelligent beings better themselves--mostly they distribute pamphlets.
Celestial Bureaucracy, Sigillian Office
- (Clerks) the local connection for the "Chinese" mythology.
- (Market) Headquarters is on the Infinite Staircase, but they have a thriving hall in Sigil.
- Performance artists a la the Cacophony Society.
- (Guildhall) Sigil's bardic university, containing 12 separate colleges.
- (Hive) Combatants who have survived at least 5 fights at Venture's (gladiatorial fighting arena). A brotherhood of killers.
- (Lower) A small association of beings who provide paralegal substances such as addictive drugs and poisons.
Brotherhood of the Notched Blade
- (Lower) Veteran soldiers who gather at the Notched Blade private club in the Lower Ward.
Path of Enlightenment
- (Lady's) A multidenominational monastery and retreat.
- (Market) An Inn catering to nature-lovers.
Most deities have some followers in Sigil, and there are over a thousand temples and shrines.
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LA / Racial HD allowed on one side. Fractional BAB / Saves.
Pre-mod Stats ranging from 7 to 18. You may have no more than two odds. And your total stat mods = 11. Example: Str 18, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 17.
XPH, Core, Completes, FR, Eberron, etc. Good homebrew is also acceptable.
In short, I'm looking for characters that feel "Planescape" to me. Recommended: Aasimar, Bariaur, Githzerai, Khaasta, Modron Outcast, Tiefling.
The party should cover the classic four roles...
Everybody gains a
In addition to the standard feats at 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, etc. And in addition to any other bonus feats you are entitled to by classes, templates, etc
Bonus Feat per level
. Regional (FR) Feats may only be taken at level 1. You may have up to two Regional Feats, don’t worry about meeting region requirements. You may only select a Tome Feat using your standard feat progression, with the exception of classes that give Tome Feats. No flaws or traits allowed.
Cohorts (and Spawn):
Rule 9 (as R11, but less so), Gestalt. Spawn are restricted in all ways as a Cohort. Keep your cohort builds simple. No more than two classes (base or PrC) per side.
Elite Array (before racial mods: 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8); non-gestalt; Core PC classes.
: no distinction between class and non-class skills. No synergies.
acrobatics (balance, tumble), appraise, athletics (climb, jump, swim), autohypnosis, bluff, concentration, craft, decipher script, diplomacy, disable device (includes Open Lock; Int), disguise, forgery,
no longer a skill. Anybody can attempt to “gather info” using any skill they can justify
, handle animal, heal, iaijutsu focus, intimidate, knowledge (arcana; includes psionics), knowledge (architecture and engineering), knowledge (dungeoneering), knowledge (geography), knowledge (history), knowledge (local: choose a location), knowledge (nature), knowledge (nobility and royalty), knowledge (planar), knowledge (religion), legerdemain (escape artist, sleight of hand, use rope), perception (listen, spot), perform, profession, ride, search, sense motive, speak language, spellcraft (includes psionics), stealth, survival, use magic device (includes psionics)
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Tome of Fiends
Races of War
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The Failure of Feats
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Tome of Awesome
A lot of stuff from the D&D Wiki is not "real" Tome material and as such much be asked about.
Race / Template(s):
Class / Role:
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To be fleshed out with the rest of your band. What great deeds have you done? Who have you royally pissed off? Inquiring DMs want to know.
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What makes your PC click?
Family, friends, neighbors. People who might depend on your PC in a time of crisis. ECL 5 or less. Non-gestalt.
Someone who is or was out to get your PC. Potential BBEG/BBGG types. ECL 15+ Gestalt.
From friendly rivals in your chosen vocation to bitter enemies, but not powerful enough to threaten the entire party. ECL 13. Non-gestalt.
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