Well met, primers! Oh, I mean, friends. When in Sigil, do as the Cagers do. You’ll have to forgive such tone, being a long time resident, myself. I’ll spare you little in The Cant, the strange dialect of the city. But please, blame me not if a bit of it leaks into my mannerisms and speech. You see, Sigil is a place unlike many others. The anomalous city hovers inside of a ring-like formation that floats just above the peak of the Outlands Spire. While the spire is quiet dangerous, especially to forces of the supernatural; these threats don’t necessarily affect those who make it here. But, these are replaced by a trove of new potential dangers. After all, this is the meeting place of the multiverse. So, let us take our journey into that wondrous center of countless realities. I speak of none other than Sigil, the City of Doors.
It has been far too long since I’ve actively returned home. Too much has happened, including the scrambling of reality itself! Thanks to that strange man in the machine cart, I’m here now though. With any luck, that fading city found its peace too. In the meantime, I’ve found mine. Of course, both dangers and delights line the streets, so one must always stay aware of their surroundings. And if you are from the Prime, do your best to not look too lost. Too many prey on “The Clueless”, whether through scams or more direct means.
Author’s Note: Good old City of Doors! Few things have inspired me more within the realm of D&D than Planescape. That setting has affected me when I tinker with other systems too! And by all means, Sigil is a center of that. So, here are a number of ideas that have come up either through various games or just ideas of my own. And, it was from said games that the Gamma World/Planescape crossover ideas spawned. Also, please pardon the fact that a tropical storm knocked out my power for a few days. My data wouldn’t even let me use my phone to edit things. Time to save up for a generator, right?
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The act of killing by itself is a heinous thing, something adventurers often have to cope with on a common basis. Often it’s self defense against monsters and bandits, other times it’s for more insidious reasons. Some snap amidst the violence, losing any attachment to empathy or reason. Such people degenerate into cold blooded killers, driven by the thrill of slaying whatever prey comes into their clutches. After a while, it becomes less about adventure and discovering lost treasure as it is an unrelenting bloodlust and hatred for all who oppose your goals.
This path of bloodshed and psychosis is a chilling and horrid one, the basis for many stories of terrifying villains and disturbed madmen. Much of the time, these evildoers prefer to scare their prey as much as possible before causing them to meet their untimely end. Such tactics are more than butchery and savagery, as the power of psychological terror is essential for weakening their foes. Often, they’ll do whatever to take away their power and isolate a target as much as possible, finding impossible ways to stalk them as well. And when all hope is lost, the killing strike is unleashed! Few have survived the wrath of a murderous maniac… and they usually die in the sequel anyway!
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’ve rediscovered an awesome expansion for World of Darkness known as Slasher. It’s built on the Chronicles era Hunter game, in which Hunters succumb to their own inner darkness and become the very villains of horror cinema lore… essentially. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but whatever. Anyway, here’s a template that borrows heavily from slasher cinema, in an effort to translate the idea into D&D. Enjoy! (I might update with a “Supernatural Slasher” in the near future! Who knows?) Also, as for the picture? I’ve always loved this scene from the original Halloween. Something about that shot highlights a character’s seeming futile attempt to hide from a masked madman… and said murderous pushing into a claustrophobic space, where everything seems lost. Did I mention that movie is one of my all time favorite films?
Also, this one will probably be revised once I get more accurate math for this one, maybe swap out one thematic ability for another. I’ll see what people say first.
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Tales of wretched beasts, disturbing men and unspeakable evils pierce our ears and chill our souls. Countless villages, kingdoms, continents have stories of sinister monsters that seek to end us at any moment. Their motivations might differ or be strangely similar. Likely born of pure wickedness, these dark spirits haunt those who get too close to their very brand of malevolence.
Many of these monsters are often accompanied by tales of caution and woe. Those who drift too far off a righteous path are often victims of these horrors. Those who feel they’re too good for the morals of a realm or a certain way of life should always stay careful and alert, lest they fall prey to the evil that lurks nearby… waiting, stalking, preparing…
Author’s Note: Here’s another list of monsters, taking inspiration form creatures around the world. Also, here’s another case where I have 2 creepy horse-themed creatures… for some reason. Maybe I just find horses to be creepy? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s pent up horror caused by seeing that disturbing Archie McPhee horse mask? I don’t know.
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