A Day in the Life
The Calculating Engine
Darker Chant on the
Thanto Zephistopheles, Etheroscope Manufacturer and Suspected Rilmani agent (by Colin McComb)
"Sigil's not part of the Outlands.
Linklater, an Anarchist about to meet Keepers for the first time (by Rip Van Wormer)
"I've got a dark for you, cutter, and it's a big one... Sigil is less than 1500 years old. Sure, there's berks who'll tell you different, but the planes they've came from are mostly even younger. All of history's been invented by the Fraternity of Order to cement their power over us decent cutters! See, the chant is that a Guvner wizard once stumbled upon one of the Reality Keys -- like spell keys, but far, far bigger -- that the powers of creation used so they didn't have to be kept down by their own rules, y'know. It let him "find" places that didn't even exist before.
Mordire the Moonraker, an Alienist and frequent Resident of the Bleak Cabal's Madhouse
"You berks all reckon I'm barmy, right? Well, I'd be the first to admit I'm a little - erratic. But that don't mean I don't know something real dark and scary. It was discovering it that made me like this in the first place, right. I'll tell you, too, if you like. Careful though, it might drive you insane as well...
Sirocco, an Air Genasi Priestess
"All of Sigil's so-called 'strange properties' can be explained simply. The city it lies at the centre of the Outer Planes. Even an elemental could tell you that the properties of a body change drastically at its centre. Hurricanes or cyclones, for example, have calm interiors surrounded by vicious winds. The Outlands; well, at it's centre it's a place of dead magic. Naturally, in the eye of this null-magic zone there's a place of tempestuous enchantment and tremendous planes-spanning sorcery: Sigil."
Overheard in a Sermon delivered in the Temple of the Abyss
"...Those fools scurrying around outside realise not that their precious Sigil was born of the Abyss. The Lady of Pain is merely its guardian while its purpose is lived. The Cage will return to the Abyss when it has gathered enough dark souls, and the tanar'ri shall be forever triumphant..."
Some raving Barmy from the Bleaker's Madhouse
"Sigil's a ring which fell off Ptah's finger years ago. He's been trying to put it back on ever since. It's still got lots of the magic of the Planewalking Power; that's why there are portals everywhere. The Spire is his finger see, trying to go through the ring. But we won't let him, oh no we won't. You hear me, Ptah?"
Another raving Barmy, arguing with the Former
"No, leatherhead! Sigil was a ring plucked from the nose of Baphomet, the Minotaur Power by the Lady of Pain. She can create the mazes when she wants because she stole that power from him too. He's mighty angry, so she sealed the doors to him and the other Powers. She's stolen things from most of them too, see."
A Third Lunatic, perhaps the most Barmy of all
"You're both wrong, addle-coves! Sigil's just a few inches in diameter and every portal to it shrinks plane hoppers to the size of tiny insects! The Cage is really a cork bobbing endlessly in the River Oceanus. Or was it the Styx? Or around a silver thread on the Astral? Or a vertebrate inside Aoskar's spine? Ach, it's so hard to remember things these days!"
Multiple Gorna, Arcanaloth Friend of Rule Of Three
"Ever thought there might be more than one Sigil? We all know that Sigil is atop the infinite Spire in the Outlands, but who's to say that it's the only one. What if there are other Sigils atop the Spire, above or below the 'known' one. Maybe they've all got portals all over the Multiverse.
Yorothy, aged seven, Singing a Tiefling Childrens' Song
"Sigil is, Sigil isn't, Sigil was, Sigil wasn't, Sigil will be, Sigil won't be.
Havfro Silverleaf, a clueless with no idea, speaking to Cirily of the Planarists
"The planes....that's where the Gods and their servants dwell. A big grave if you ask me -- all their followers milling about being crazy about the whole...What!? I'm a barmy? What in the Nine Hells are y...Baator! You talk nonsense to me.
Elandar of the Pits, an Athar factotum (by Emannuel Reichert)
"The Cage is a Crystal Sphere, a Prime World in its own right. Listen, it makes sense: the prime's connected with everywhere right? Magic works normally there, right? Just like Sigil. But in someway, the Cage's sphere has been connected permanently with the Outlands. Perhaps it's a prime world which entered into the Great Ring somehow; could've been dragged there by a barmy power or even the Lady herself..."
Barisvati, Dark-Spinner and Screed-Monger Extraordinaire (by James O'Rance)
"Anyone who's met the arcane knows how wealthy they are. I once offered them a unique magical artifact, for which they were prepared to pay 20,000 in platinum and a spelljamming ship! But why don't they ever enter Sigil? Here's the dark of it...
Guvner Nomin Bookchaser explains the Irony behind Sigil
"Sigil is the multiverse's biggest paradox, berk. It's a city located above the top of an infinitely tall Spire which is in turn located bang in the centre of an infinite plane. Add to this the fact that magic works normally in Sigil, yet below it, at the base of the Spire no magic (or anything else for that matter) works at all. An on top of all those paradoxes, you've got the fact that while Sigil itself is technically the most barren spot in the multiverse (as nothing is native to it), it's also the most populous spot in the multiverse (except with Powers, of course).