Guvner Nomin Bookchaser
"Sigil's the most powerful artifact in the
Multiverse, and the Lady didn't make it, she found it. It allows her to open
portals anywhere in the planes, use the dabus as her slaves, and (once she
found out how) to create mazes into which she can cast here enemies. Thing
is this Sigil artifact specifically prohibits any Power from controlling it.
If the Lady were to become a Power, then she'd be kicked out of Sigil just
like the rest of the Powers. She knows this and pretends all along that
she's the one doing the kicking out. If people start to worship her and she
neglects to flay their skin (although being that gruesome about it perhaps
reflects her real personality), then its 'Bye Bye Lady of Pain.'
"Suppose one of the factions found out about the
artifact started to worship the Lady as a Power...she'd become one all
right, and when she's thrown out against her will by Sigil to unwillingly
create a Realm the whole Cage'd be left open for the steal. This faction'd
then have an eternal enemy in the form of an even-more-powerful Lady of
Pain, but they'd also have the Cage and she wouldn't be able to get them.
The factol would then become the new ruler of Sigil."
Mephit Sorcerer of Destructive Renown, Harbinger of Decay, etc.
"The Lady of Pain is actually a very powerful
Dust Mephit. Sort of like me, really."
Turpental, a Tout Not
Known for Lying, well, not often Anyway
"The Real Lady of Pain was replaced long ago. She
was a power, but this pretender to her throne has few of the powers of the
True Lady, and can't grant spells to her worshippers. She flays them
instead, because she's scared they'll figure she's a fraud. The real Lady's
body lies mouldering on the Astral. I've seen it."
Yoriss, Illithid Indep
and Merchant of Kobold Brains
"The Lady is Aoskar. See, Aoskar, Master of
Portals, decided that his take on 'life' was too simple, too 'good,' and he
decided to make things a little harsher in Sigil. So he created a
manifestation of himself called the Lady of Pain and then had her destroy
his original self.
"But what about Worshippers? Well, maybe he
discovered a way to manifest that was free of the need for worship. Maybe
that's why he became more cruel in the first place. Or maybe he/she does
have worshippers tucked away on some Prime Material Worlds that no one on
the Planes knows about."
Loathe, Sinker Factor
"The Lady of Pain and Aoskar were once husband
and wife, and they ruled the city of doors together. One of them went
insane/cheated on the other, and in the ensuing violence Aoskar was slain
and his temple shattered. What a glorious explosion that must've been. I
wish I'd been there to applaud it."
Night's Fall of the
"The Lady? She's an overseer that's going barmy
'cause she's just one step from becoming a power. That's why she can't have
worshippers - if she did she couldn't remain in the Cage. It's her duty to
protect it from encroaching gods and fiends."
A Pathologist from an
Obscure World, who Loves Life in Spite of its Pain, and Refused to join the
"At the centre of the universe of ideas,
equidistant from Law and Chaos, from Good and Evil, is the essential
experience of sentient existence. Pain is a part of all sentient life. The
factions and even the "gods" are interpretations we have made of
what it all means. It's the Lady who prevents any one from dominating the
core of experience."
Perlimion, an aasimar
Xaositect, in a moment when he's talking straight
Giggle, "What? Lady of Pain? Oh, her. She's
chaos. A lot of it too. As are we all. As is the multiverse. What? Theories?
"Drinkalotto understandyet neverunderstandshe's
aprisoneror notgoaway you'reaggravating thevoices inmyhead!"
Roarshak the Doomed, a
singularly depressing berk
"Yeah, I got an idea on who the Lady is. She is
the manifestation of all the dark things in this burg. Every act of cruelty,
everything that causes misery and pain, feeds her. This is her form and
substance. Soon, we will have fed her enough that she will break her Cage.
Then, the universe will die..."
Dyzazz, Beholder Mystic
"The Lady is not from this Multiverse at all. A
being that can't be compared with anything ain't the easiest creature to
"A being like her who does not fall within the
directives set in this Multiverse would effectively be neither more nor less
powerful then a god or other being. She is simply out of phase with the rest
of the Multiverse, so nothing can harm her. Scary thought ain't it? A whole
other Multiverse out there, and I say why'd there be just one?"
"Where are the other two?"
"She brought her own little part of her
Multiverse (Sigil) along and completely controls it. Or perhaps she's
bending a part of this one to become like her own. After all she couldn't
throw people in the mazes when she first came to power. Her power's
expanding. But she's never has been seen outside Sigil has she?"
Ildimar, ex-Barmy from
the Gatehouse. He'll go back soon, Doubtless
"The Lady's from a twisted , distorted mirrored
image Multiverse of our own. There, a power is weakened by those who
worshippers, bringing a death sentence to all who might dare. In this mirror
plane, Sigil slides just like gate towns all over realities everywhere, each
comes complete with its own anti-power...waiting ...watching...forever
expanding. And each dabus larvae waits its turn through faithful service to
become an anti-power in its own Multiverse."
"The Lady used to be a Power, but she got into
the way of Aoskar. Aoskar devised a trap for the Lady. She was lured into
the Cage of Sigil and lost her divinity there. Aoskar instructed his priests
to pray to the Lady just to torment her, because he had made sure she
wouldn't receive power from it. (That's why the Lady flays people who pray
"Through her contacts with the Dabus she managed
to slay Aoskar and completely destroy his temple. Although denied of her
former powers she received the power formerly held by Aoskar: The control
over portals. On the other hand, she might just be a blob of Chaos Soup,
teleported by accident to Sigil and taking on a permanent form because it
isn't expected to do so."