“I hate this Ramon DeLeon, barmy liar has brought many to their dooms! My brothers feel it’s in best interest to visit the bard, as well as his monastery friends in due time. I lack the muscle of some compatriots, but I can only hope my word craft and reason is enough to get this menace to stand down. And if he doesn’t, may his long ears be ripped off his head! Now, where’s my wine?” – Gerard Claude Dupois, Renardois-folk Lupin of Petite Renardie
Where’s a primer to go to learn all there is upon the planes? Why, to Sigil of course! And where from there? Well, competition has floundered in the claws of a beast named Ramon! His biased words paint a different story of the planes, bringing glory to some and chastisement to others. But, be assured there are far stranger truths than those cooked up by some hairball hacking mutant with a knack for storytelling. And within such stories, many things are best left alone. Because of his foolish idealism, a racial war begins to boil… not unlike that of the gith. But, enough tearing of one’s fake character. It’s time to explore the planes with a tighter focus and sense of scrutiny. Dare you discover what truly happens within realities beyond? Of course you do, that’s why you’re here!
Now, who might I be? Why, the Narrator, of course! Do you think I’m like the Editor? Because you shouldn’t! I’m far more charming and more elaborate. No cryptic absurdity here, only the upfront truth and the deepest of dark you can muster. Besides, he seems to have given the city the laugh for a while. Good for him, I say. You work hard, you eventually catch a break. So, why can’t you see me? Well, disclosing such information is dangerous. Surely, you can understand this. So, let us not waste too much time. Turbulence and conflict bubble and ooze around the cage, especially in these trying times. Methinks another age of upheaval is upon us. But, whose to say? I surely can’t, I’ve moved onto other business after ages of merc blood-work. But, onto other matters then.
Author’s Note: Yup, split post. Unrest still hovers over the greatest city in the multiverse. And as one can assume, not all like the traveling bard. Some think he’s a foul swindler even! But, what other stories can be told of the planes? Plenty, I can tell you! Also, I wanted to explore an even darker look at the fey. I don’t care for Disney takes on Faeries, give me gothic style aliens any day! And yes, it overtook the post. And once again, The Evil Dead inspired something for me to work with. In addition, we have strange elementals, trade war, a sentient astral pocket and a drifting piece of New Jersey! Also, as the name might imply, one of my greatest inspirations for Planescape content is the Grimjack/Mundens/Cynosure universe. Science-fantasy hodgepodge, multiversal antics, a grim mercenary tone often used, lots of it already felt Planescape, even if it predates the setting by around a decade.
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