THE ATHAR (faction)
Defilers, The Lost
“There are no true Powers.”
Base Feat: Slippery – +1 bonus against mind-influencing effects; +2 to Escape Artist checks. Deny Edict (which requires Slippery and Iron Will) is most similar to the classic Athar benefit.
Prestige Class: Defiant (Planar Handbook)
Known Members: Terrance (factol), Felgar, Kesto Brighteyes
Locales: The Shattered Temple (Sigil/Lower Ward); the Athar Citadel (Astral Plane)
THE BELIEVERS OF THE SOURCE (faction)
“Anyone can become a Power.”
Base Feat: Talents of the Past – gain two cross-class skills as class skills. Many Godsmen also take the Negotiator feat, or Skill Focus (Diplomacy), the closest approximations of the classic Godsman benefit.
Prestige Class: Seeker * (planewalker.com)
Known Members: Ambar Vergrove (factol)
Locales: The Great Foundry (Sigil/Lower Ward); Ambar’s Palace (Ethereal Plane)
THE BLEAK CABAL (faction)
“The universe has no meaning.”
Base Feat: Manic-Depressive – experience occasional depressive or manic states; gradually move closer to insanity. Touched in the Head (which requires Iron Will and a character level of 9th) provides the classic Bleaker benefit of immunity to madness effects. Prestige Class: Master Skeptic * (planewalker.com)
Known Members: Lhar (factol), Bendon Mawl, Derioch Ysarl, Mantragor
Locales: The Gatehouse (Sigil/The Hive); The Madhouse (Pandemonium)
Faction-spanning designation for Sigil’s lowest caste, the berks who gather dead bodies and bring them to the Mortuary.
Known Members: Mourner Tom (also Dustmen)
THE DOOMGUARD (faction)
Base Feat: Destruction Embraced – gain a luck bonus to AC and saves by refusing magical healing. Weapon Focus (any sword) or Sinker Swordsmanship are the best approximations of the classic Sinker benefit.
Prestige Class: Doomlord (Planar Handbook), also available here
Known Members: Pentar (factol), Eliath Morard
Locales: The Armory (Sigil/The Lady’s Ward); the Crumbling Citadel (Quasielemental Plane of Ash), Citadel Alluvius (Quasielemental Plane of Dush), Citadel Sealt (Quasielemental Plane of Salt), Citadel Exhalus (Quasielemental Plane of Vacuum)
THE DUSTMEN (faction)
The Dead, “Dusties”
“We are all dead.”
Base Feat: Dead Truce – Mindless undead will not attack you. Expanded Dead Truce enables you to extend this benefit to others; Greater Dead Truce includes intelligent undead.
Prestige Class: Mortician * (planewalker.com)
Known Members: Skall (factol), Donneray and Rindo, Dorian, Trunfeld Three-teeth, Mourner Tom (also Collectors), Toranna the Gray (also the Illuminated)
Locales: The Mortuary (Sigil/The Hive); The Fortress of the Soul (Negative Energy Plane)
THE FATED (faction)
Takers, The Heartless, Survivors, Coldbloods
“Take what you can.”
Base Feat: Deal Maker – get a discount from merchants. The Cosmopolitan feat (from Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting; choose any cross-class skill & gain it as a class skill, with a +2 to all checks with that skill) is the closest approximation of the classic Fated benefit.
Prestige Class: Fatemaker (Planar Handbook)
Known Members: Rowan Darkwood (factol), Lady Margone
Locales: Hall of Records (Sigil/Clerk’s Ward); Rowan’s Hall (Ysgard)
THE FRATERNITY OF ORDER (faction)
“Understand law and you understand the universe.”
Base Feat: Intuit Pattern – Gain comprehend languages at will (req Int 11). Assemble Pattern is vaguely similar to the classic item ability once available to 7th level Guvners.
Prestige Class: Learned Sophist * (planewalker.com)
Known Members: Hashkar (factol), Dr. Pranav Rhasmanayet
Locales: The City Court (Sigil/The Lady’s Ward); The Fortress of Disciplined Enlightenment (Mechanus)
THE FREE LEAGUE (faction)
“Live free or die!”
Base Feat: Slippery – as Athar.
Prestige Class: Autarch * (planewalker.com)
Known Members: Gamnesto the Vile, Hexla, Jazra, Marlow, Noxana the Unwilling, Salja Slitterknife
Locales: The Great Bazaar (Sigil/Market Ward); Tradegate (The Outlands)
Note: The Free League is discussed in Complete Scoundrel, beginning on page 128.
THE HARMONIUM (faction)
“Our way or no way.”
Base Feat: Authority – Gain command or greater command as a spell-like ability 1/day (requires Cha 11, 3 ranks in Intimidate). This is similar to the classic charm person ability.
Prestige Class: Harmonium Peacekeeper (Dragon #315)
Known Members: Sarin (factol), Fritzan Ringhammer
Locales: The City Barracks (Sigil/The Lady’s Ward); Melodia (Arcadia); Ortho (Prime Material Plane)
THE ILLUMINATED (sect, defunct)
The Great Eye
“Rule what we can. Control what we can’t rule. Destroy what we can’t control.”
Known Members: Baltazo (sectol), Alver Kend, Brandal, Fade, Green Marvent (former sectol), Gyderic, Hurfang, Imogen, Margram, Toranna the Gray, Trent.
Former Sleeper Agents and Targets: Alvion, Clarent, Eliath Morard, Shillman, Tylaric Stormwing, Ulfwood, possibly others.
Locales: The Glass Pearl (Sigil/Clerk’s Ward), The Bell & Whistle (Plague-Mort/Outlands), Citadel of Fire (Elemental Plane of Fire)
THE MERCYKILLERS (faction)
The Red Death
“Justice is absolute.”
Base Feat: Eye for Injustice – Tell if someone has committed a crime recently. (This is a vague approximation of the classic Mercykiller benefit, which allowed you to discern lies for a single question 1/day.)
Prestige Classes: Justiciar (Complete Warrior), Son of Mercy (Dragon #339)
Known Members: Mallin (factol), Norinaga Kuroda
Locales: The Prison (Sigil/The Lady’s Ward); Vorkehan, City of Fumes (Acheron)
THE REVOLUTIONARY LEAGUE (faction)
“Tear it all down and start over!”
Base Feat: Slippery (as Athar). Infiltrator (requires Bluff 5 ranks, Disguise 5 ranks, Knowledge [the planes] 5 ranks) is the closest equivalent to the classic Anarchist benefit.
Prestige Class: Anarchomancer (Dragon #315)
Known Members: Jazra, Lissandra the Gate-Seeker, Rothwell, Zigor
Locales: Rothwell’s shop (Plague-Mort/Outlands); also operate in Sigil, Carceri, & elsewhere
THE RING-GIVERS (sect)
“You only get as good as you give.”
Known Members: Ingwe Alting (sectol), Jeremo the Natterer
Locales: Ysgard; The Palace of the Jester (Sigil/The Lady’s Ward)
THE SEELIE COURT
“Watch over the fey, that they might live in happiness and peace.”
Known Members: Titania (ruler), Oberon, Frostthorn
Locales: The Seelie Court (demiplane)
THE SIGN OF ONE (faction)
“I am the center of the universe.”
Base Feat: Illusion Perception – automatically gain save against illusions.
Prestige Class: Visionary * (planewalker.com)
Known Members: Darius (factol), Dezana Grey, Labelas Thenorean, Sigrund, Trillamir Evensong
Locales: The Hall of Speakers (Sigil/Clerk’s Ward); The Beastlands
THE SOCIETY OF SENSATION (faction)
Base Feat: Sensory Touch – transfer some of your own wellbeing to another. Alertness and Great Fortitude are common Sensate feats; there are no v.3.5 equivalents for the classic Sensate “+1 to surprise” or “60 ft. darkvision, regardless of race” benefits.
Prestige Class: Ardent Dilletante (Planar Handbook)
Known Members: Erin Darkflame Montgomery (factol), Annali, Kalenthor Naïlo, Tavis, Thea, Tylaric Stormwing, Zeeva
Locales: Civic Festhall (Sigil/Clerk’s Ward); The Gilded Hall (Arborea)
THE SOCIETY OF THE LUMINIFEROUS AETHER
“Working mages of the Cage unite.”
Known Members: Maloranserani Valtheris’Heranusee, Mantragor
Locales: Society of the Luminiferous Aether headquarters (Sigil/Lower Ward)
THE TRANSCENDENT ORDER (faction)
“Action without thought.”
Base Feat: Cipher Trance – Gain one trance use a day; trance gives you +4 Dexterity. Improved Initiative is a common Cipher feat, as is Lucky Start (from Complete Scoundrel, which basically allows you to reroll 1 Initiative check per day).
Prestige Class: Cipher Adept (Planar Handbook)
Known Members: Rhys (factol)
Locales: The Great Gymnasium (Sigil/Market Ward); Elysium
THE UNSEELIE COURT
“Mortals serve no purpose, save to amuse us.”
Known Members: The Queen of Air and Darkness (ruler)
Locales: The Unseelie Court (Pandemonium/Phlegethon)
THE VERDANT GUILD (sect)
“Defend the wild.”
Known Members: Pwyll Strongbow
Locales: Faunel (the Outlands), the Beastlands
THE VILE HUNT (sect)
“The multiverse is our hunting ground.”
Known Members: Nihmron
Locales: Faunel (The Outlands), Carceri, The Beastlands
“Master magic to master chaos.”
Known Members: Lady of Mirrors, undisclosed number of fey wizards
Locales: Selwyn’s Grove (Thazia/Prime Material Plane); the Isle of Black Trees (demiplane)
THE WINTER CONCERN
“Your money is safe with us.”
Known Members: Keldryn Gildersleeve (director, Sigil Branch)
Locales: unidentified Prime Material world
THE XAOSITECTS (faction)
“Beautiful chaos is! Banana!”
Base Feat: Unlikely Event – 19-20 are treated as automatic success; 1-2 are treated as automatic failure. There is no v.3.5 equivalent to the classic Xaositect babble benefit.
Prestige Class: Chaotician (Planar Handbook)
Known Members: Karan (factol), Dalla, Mordigaarz Antill,Sly Nye
Locales: The Hive (Sigil/The Hive); Limbo
Source of the faction images. Images for the Ring-Givers and Verdant Guild come from a poster map in the Planes of Conflict box set. The Illuminated symbol comes from the “Mount Celestia” book in the Planes of Law box set.
*On planewalker.com, this prestige class has the same name as its faction. I’ve invented this name to distinguish prestige class members from namers.