Xantra, a female tiefling who hopes to get into the Mapping Infinity set (by Mike Hachey)
Who says only the Outer Planes have gate-towns? Any berk who thinks that the Unity of Rings stops at the Outer Planes might as well go into the mazes now. There is a way to get to the Inner Planes straight from the Outlands, but it ain't easy. Took me one hundred years to discover it.
A Not-so-Senile old Man speaks of the Lady of Pain (by Dan Summers)
Sharpeye, a ratatosk from Yggdrasil (by Matthew David)
See. Know. I know. Spire. Theo-ry? That what you ask? I know! Not theory. Truth.
Walden Tinderspite: Seller of Rumours and Lies, you determine which are which (by Joshua Jarvis)
"Hey berk! Over here! Do you want to know the dark on the Spire? The true dark? Well I'll tell it to you for some jink. You see, the mountains in Bytopia, especially those that connect two layers, are called spires. One of them, Centre Spire, is said to hold the whole sodding plane together. Centre Spire, how ironic since the Great Spire is right under Sigil. I believe that the Spire was once a part of Bytopia. Don't look at me that way; the Outlands constantly loses gate towns, a good chunk of Arcadia is in Mechanus, and a little bit o' hell lurks in the Beastlands 'cause even Baator loses ground sometimes. I say that the Spire went along with Centre Spire to hold together Bytopia until the beliefs changed, ripping the Spire into the Outlands and warping it with the peoples' beliefs. After all a big spire in the middle has to mean something? I feel who or whatever did this wants Centre Spire too. This may just rip Bytopia apart."
Hoffy, an Indep Bariaur from Faunel
"Nobody really knows why the Spire affects some people more than others. They call 'em Spiretouched, and they've got this vacant look in their eyes as if nothing else can measure up to their dreams. Nobody's sure what it is that happens to these poor sods, but it's said that some of them transform into rilmani, to serve the Balance and Centre forever..."
Fox, a Self-Proclaimed Reincarnate of the Godsmen
"The Spire is unshaped belief. The rings of the Outlands flow off into other planes, right? That's why the towns keep shifting rings, and why gate towns float off, and why everything keeps changing. Anyway, the Spire is the sum of belief on the Prime, the splinter thrust by the uncounted infinities of primes living and believing: The nexus of belief on the Outer Planes. The Lady of Pain, long ago, harnessed this power, and the powers've been trying to take it back ever since."
Renouncing Greela, Athar Preacher
"Just because everyone thinks Sigil is at the top of the Spire doesn't make it so. While some berks say that most Signers think it's there (and thus it must be so), I reckon that if I'm questioning the widely-held belief then there's as much a chance of me being right instead. Now, most cutters haven't ever considered Sigil not being at the top of the spire. All the maps show it is, and all the Planewalkers' pictures of the Spire do too. But artists take liberties all the time. If one rendering becomes popular, wouldn't others tend to copy it? And don't some people like to think they know what's going on and try to quantify everything? Take the next speaker, for example..."
Jorikk Cloudhair, a Giantish Priest of Annam
"In fact, it's actually Annam's palace atop the Spire. After all, Annam is the creator of the Multiverse. The Lady of Pain's kip is somewhere else...perhaps in the Astral or the Ethereal, but it ain't atop the Spire."
Renouncing Greela again, Confronted with New Evidence
"Well, even if there is something up there atop the Spire, it doesn't necessarily have to be the Cage. It might just be a doughnut-shaped rock! It's too far from the Outlands to see the lights which Sigil'd surely have at night, so there's never been a satisfactory answer to this theory. And in my mind, that's a proof in itself!"
The Wizard-Prince Zoreth III, Exiled Regent of Neth, a Prime World
"Sigil's balancing act ain't physical, it's magical - after all, it's floating above the Spire. Sigil's some sort of pocket dimension anchored to the Spire. See, the Spire's so high that it pierces all the other Planes - after all, Yggdrasil does it (and that's a bloody tree!) so why not the Spire? That's the reason why the Cage is connected to so many places: it's so high up that it looks right down into every plane!"
Futility Brokk, a Warden of the Bleaker's Madhouse
"We've got this client who swears blind that the Spire's a great drop of water, frozen in time. She reckons some Power dropped Sigil from the skies of the Outlands and it hit the surface, causing ripples to spread out across the land. Then with incredible force the Cage bounced back up, followed by a stream of rock and earth. Thing is, this happened on a different time scale, aeons ago. The Spire looks like it's frozen in time, and thus solid, when in fact it's growing...or maybe it's at equilibrium height at infinity...or it could be shrinking. She changes her story more often than a Xaosman changes his spots. Or was that a leopard?"
The Seeker, a Githzerai Seer
"I've saw the top of the Spire once, though not in my waking hours. I dreamed of a great palace, sliced down with knives, with carpets of razors and chandeliers of severed bone shards. It was the Palace of the Lady herself. I have not slept since, for fear of glimpsing its horrors again..."
Astari, a Rilmani-Blooded Aasimar (or So she Claims)
"The Spire's basically a funnel, constructed to draw planar energy from the Great Ring and up into the Spire itself. The closer you walk towards the Spire, the more obvious the effect becomes: Take the negation of magic, and eventually even the might of Powers, for example!
Mouse, an Explorer Made Meek by what she has Seen
"Picture the planes, Outlands, and Sigil. Now, imagine their is another Spire on the opposite side of the Outlands, and another city like Sigil hovering over, or under, it. Like a mirror image. Planars who think they know the Multiverse only know a small portion of it - the portions that lie around the known portals.
Sigmundo Fraud, a Githyanki Psychic Surgeon
"It iz very simple really. The whole multiverse thinks about reproduction of the species. The Spire iz nothing more than The manifistation of all subconscious masculine thoughts and Sigil iz the female counterpart. Hence the LADY of Pain rules this city. The Spire has to be in the centre of the Outer Planes, because cutters of all convictions think about reproduction."
Unknown member of the Rosebringers, high as a djinni on bub
"Why is the bloody thing infinite, you say?
Pirvan, Self-Proclaimed Demi-Power of Corrections (by John Kastronis)
"You see, the Spire is infinite in size. Sigil is actually inside of the Spire, which is why magic functions there and why when you look off the side, you can't see the Outlands. So how do you see Sigil from the Outlands? Two answers to that, you choose: One, you believe that you can see Sigil from the Outlands, therefore, you can. Two, the Sigil you view is a supra-magical (ie. magic the Spire can't affect) illusion placed there, so that berks who wander the Outlands can know there is a Sigil."
Leto, a newcomer to the planes (by J. Hoogendoorn)
"It's a really large battery, that allows the portals in Sigil to be used over and over again. And keeps Sigil floating like she does. It drains up magical energies from the area around the Spire. So that's why the moment you get to close to the Spire you start losing spellcasting abilities, see."
Poly Ester, a marilith who sometimes lives in Sigil (by A.G. Rijkee)
"If any of you berks ever find out the dark of the Spire, especially the top of the thing be sure to tell me. I know some people I'd like to IMPALE in it. Oh and S. Fraud; if you ever get to Sigil, find my address and I'll show you some very feminine ideas about the male need to procreate."
Kylo Cedarsmoke (by Alex Pestana)
"By the Rule of Threes, since there's the Astral and Ethereal planes, there must be a third route of planar travel. This is the Spire. It's a hollow tunnel connecting the Inner and Outer Planes. I've heard some bashers bang on about Ordial or somesuch, but it's just the Spire to me..."
CY the Cynic, an Athar rabble-rouser
"Don't tell my superiors but, you know the power behind the powers my high ups are always rattlin their bone boxes about? Well it's the Lady sure as deva's are good.. and don't doubt for a Mechanus minute that she's got a whole army of daubus in that infinite Spire ready to put down the coming of the Great War of philosophers destined for the Cage...just make sure you know who the Queen of Revolution is before your time is up."
Factionneers lann some chant on their own beliefs and disbeliefs concerning the Great Spire.
Optional rules to simulate the draining effect of proximity to the Spire on psionic abilities.
Learned graybeards showcase their studies on the Spire and share some of their barmier theories.
How can you see Sigil if the Spire's infinitely tall? What happens if you jump off the Cage?
art by Jeremiah Golden and Zak Arntson