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Adventurers wanted!

The City of Doors - Forum
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e
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Greetings Weavers, I welcome you to come explore the largest sandbox of all, the multiverse!

I am looking for a handful of small adventuring parties of all stripes. PCs parties may start off literally anywhere in the 'verse and champion any cause. For those not familiar with the planes I highly recommend starting somewhere in the Forgotten Realms.

Game Description:

The City of DoorsSigil 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

Factions 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.

The Steeple - (Lady's) An association of Celestials dedicating to helping the impoverished and downtrodden.
The Playground - (Lower) A business run by Devils, known for its hedonistic tendencies.
The Underworld - (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.
Planewalker's Guild - (Market) Headquarters is on the Infinite Staircase, but they have a thriving hall in Sigil.
Winter Circus - Performance artists a la the Cacophony Society.
The Orpheum - (Guildhall) Sigil's bardic university, containing 12 separate colleges.
Venturans - (Hive) Combatants who have survived at least 5 fights at Venture's (gladiatorial fighting arena). A brotherhood of killers.
Thrice-Damned - (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.
Gardener's Rest - (Market) An Inn catering to nature-lovers.

Most deities have some followers in Sigil, and there are over a thousand temples and shrines.

Useful Links
Awesome site for Planescape info
Planescape Lingo

Basic Premise: Welcome to the Sandbox of the entire 'verse. I am looking for a handful of adventuring parties two to three players strong. Teams will be pieced together after characters are created but working on backgrounds with another is encouraged. I am using the original factions (pre-faction war). Applicants should take some time getting familiar with link Planewalker dot com.


Details
Level: 12
Gestalt: LA / Racial HD allowed on one side. Fractional BAB / Saves.
Rule 11: 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.
Alignments: Any
Materials: XPH, Core, Completes, FR, Eberron, etc. Good homebrew is also acceptable.
Races: Virtually
In short, I'm looking for characters that feel "Planescape" to me. Recommended: Aasimar, Bariaur, Githzerai, Khaasta, Modron Outcast, Tiefling.
any
Classes: The party should cover the classic four roles...
Feats: 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.
Followers: Elite Array (before racial mods: 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8); non-gestalt; Core PC classes.
Skills: 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
gather information
, 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)

Tome of Necromancy, Tome of Fiends, Races of War (be sure to check out "The Failure of Feats" section), Dungeonomicon

For (free) Download: Tome of Awesome
A lot of stuff from the D&D Wiki is not "real" Tome material and as such much be asked about.


Character Applications
example app
Name:
Race / Template(s):
Class / Role:
Background: I am a very reactive DM, interesting backgrounds and characters may receive more interesting adventures.
Team Background: 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.
Description: This is *not* an invitation to post a pic. In fact I would rather you didn't. If you absolutely must, put it in a Spoiler tab.
Personality: What makes your PC click?

Loved ones: Family, friends, neighbors. People who might depend on your PC in a time of crisis. ECL 5 or less. Non-gestalt.
Nemesis: Someone who is or was out to get your PC. Potential BBEG/BBGG types. ECL 15+ Gestalt.
Rivals: 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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Head GM: City of Doors
Co-Running (advisory position): A House to call Home
Are you planning on using the standard feats in the rule books or the system from "Failure of feats" section? It seems that those are very powerful and to give out 17 would be kinda crazy? Just wondering which you were using so I know what my options are.

Application submitted. Not much work needed on my actual sheet since all I got to do it strip a few class levels off each side. What's our starting gold?

Quote:
If misused, absolutely. The goal with such PCs is not UBER POWERZ LOL, it is versitility and cool off the wall stuff you can't normally do. Like make a "frackin' demon" (Lesser Tiefling or Tome Tiefling True Fiend | Conduit) for example. Uber builds need not apply. In the end it is a fine line, and one that not even I am perfect at finding.
I understand but it will most likely end up being that way regardless. A Tome Fighter is easily able to destroy any enemy of equal CR with almost trivial effort so adding gestalt to the mix is bound to only compound the issue. Tome classes and feats were made in such a way as to make optimization unnecessary by letting people play the concepts that they want without needing to have spend weeks gaining system mastery to make it a reality (and sometimes, they discover that their ideas are completely unworkable). This is why power is so easily accessible with these classes but it also makes them ludicrously powerful in gestalt combinations.

Anyway, I hope that you know what you are doing. I will probably have two applications up, one will be a
...YOU DOUBLE WIZARD!
wizard/wizard and the other a wizard/samurai.

I think ludicrously powerful has already been reached in the most epic of ways by DB's games. E.x. Zombie Ninja Robot that could wipe the floor with half of the PC's....

Anyway, Im thinking about finding something gishy(homebrew, of course), and applying with it in the near future.

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Originally Posted by Aragorn View Post
I think ludicrously powerful has already been reached in the most epic of ways by DB's games. E.x. Zombie Ninja Robot that could wipe the floor with half of the PC's.....
If he has the time and skill to homebrew all his foes then sure, go for it. But it is normally very difficult to DM such a game. Just expressing my concerns so don't take this the wrong way.


Anyway, since people have expressed interest in playing some unusual races, I'll take this opportunity to link to the race thread in my game own which contains a workable writeup of most races for Tome games: Races
And while we are on the topic of pimping stuff, I'll take the opportunity to shamelessly link to some of my own homebrew: Bunch of Tome Feats and Tome Blackguard.

Bravo on that Blackguard. Finally a version of that archetype that I want to play.

I'm dropping the beholder gig

Even though it's sandbox... is this going to me more combat-oriented, or more intrigue-oriented (you know what happened to my last attempt and an intrigue character)

I was hoping Knight of the Crown and dragon rider from the Dragonlance books if that would be allowed.

WG: Yeah, you got uppity with the resident Mindflayer and got your mind... flayed (Hello? its in the race's nickname!!). This is going to be highly "sandbox". I am a reactive DM, I will tend to play off of whatever the PCs decide to do. Combat will happen, Intrigues are there to be discovered. It all depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go.

Rob: Yes, both are allowed (this was answered in the Answers thread ).




 

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