This is a classic Planescape adventure by Monte Cook and Colin McComb. I am converting it for 5th edition (which is incredibly easy to do).
I have made a number of posts to help me prepare for this campaign, most notably:
(George) Theran - Elf Wizard - I urged him to not worry too much about offensive spells, as there isn't much combat in this.
There were delicious tropical Starbursts (one of my favorite D&D foods) and Mrs. Field's cookies.
The Smoldering Corpse
|A dragonborn in Sigil|
The heroes approached the bar and the dragonborn did some shots of fekk - hard githzerai liquor. One thing I did was to start using copper and silver more. In my games, to save time, I break things down into gold pieces. I figured this time around, I'd use copper and silver more rather than handwaving it. Maybe it would make gold feel more valuable.
The heroes met with Ebb Creakknees, who is a tout (a guide to Sigil). I got to do an old man hillbilly voice which I can't stop doing in real life. They paid the old fellow for a tour of the city. I was able to explain to them all of the basic concepts of Sigil and show them some of the more interesting places.
The heroes were baffled by the Brothel of Slaking Intellectual Lusts (Fun Fact: It was meant to be "Slating", not "Slaking", but there was a miscommunication in the making of Planescape: Torment. I like "Slaking" better so I am using it).
They did go into the Curiosity Shoppe, which is full of cool magic items for sale. They met Vrischika, the blue-skinned alu-fiend who runs the place. She was berating her employee/slave quite a bit. The heroes decided to leave them be, as Vrischika looked powerful.
Jysson the Talking Cat
Once they'd gotten the tour and had become comfortable with Sigil, I dropped the hook on them. They began to feel intense psychic pain, except when they walked in a certain direction. Following the painless path led them to a building in the Clerk's Ward.
After asking some passersby about the building (Baen the Sender and Porphiron from Planescape: Torment) the heroes went in.
Inside, there's a talking cat and a talking book. The book used a power to draw the heroes here. The story goes like this:
The cat was once a man who had bought the book off of a wizard. He was paying for it in installments. The man died and was reborn as a cat in The Beastlands. Eventually, the cat came to Sigil and realized he'd never fully paid for the book, so he wants to find some heroes willing to help him return it.
The wizard who made the book lives in a gate-town called Automata.
Bidam the dragonborn loved the talking cat and hopes to "keep" him. The book talks in a Mary Poppins voice and has a few powers: It's good with numbers, it can cast ESP, and once per day it can let out a stunning blast.
The heroes agreed to help, and were directed to a portal that lead to Automata.
Automata is a town built around a gate to Mechanus, which is a lawful plane (home to the modrons). Upon arrival, the heroes are directed to an office where they must fill out 4 hours of paperwork to get the proper permits. Some of the rules people in Automata must abide by include:
- Those who shout will be fined.
- Those with perfume or body odor are fined (the heroes were given powdered deodorant(.
- The heroes were issued a mandatory handkerchief.
- Those who swear are fined.
- Those intending to copulate had to apply for a fornication license, which involves a written examination (I added this one on my own just to see what the PCs did).
The heroes almost got in a bit of trouble for stepping on too many cracks on the sidewalk, but were polite about the whole thing.
The adventurers saw a few modrons in Automata. They were monodrones doing menial tasks.
The heroes also encountered a race I've never used before - the Rilmani. Rilmani are like humans but they have metallic skin and glowing golden eyes. They are neutral beings devoted to maintaining the balance between good and evil. I always avoided using them in my old games and I'm not sure why. They are very cool. I haven't heard much about them in later editions.
Herion is in the Closet
The players were baffled by this. How is a guy hiding in a janitor's closet for months? The player of the elf wizard got a bit confused when I said Heiron was "in the closet" but we got it sorted out after much hilarity.
They went to the building, figuring they could bluff their way into the back hallway where the closet was. This proved to be exceedingly difficult. Eventually, the heroes had the talking cat run around, knocking over papers and generally creating disorder (which causes panic in the people of Automata). In the chaos, the heroes headed down the hall.
They gave the "secret knock" on the closet door, as Muenscaal had taught them. Heiron opened the door - and inside was a fabulous mansion. Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion, to be precise!
The heroes showed him the book. Heiron was overjoyed and let them in.
But unbeknownst to our heroes, they had been followed by a wizard named Jezrene and agents of the Council of Anarchy. She cast dispel magic on the closet, cancelling out the Mansion spell and causing the heroes and Heiron to spill into the hallway.
A battle broke out. I rolled extremely poorly, so our heroes had little trouble defeating the anarchists. The dragonborn's acid breath was particularly useful in the cramped hallway.
The combat ended abruptly as chaos erupted outside. The portal to Mechanus, which was just outside the Council of Order Building, flared to life. Thousands of modrons marched out and into Automata. The Great Modron March had begun, 189 years ahead of schedule!
Jezrene and the Council of Anarchy were baffled. Heiron and the heroes fled the scene.
That's where we stopped. It's a great adventure, very unique. I am very interested to see what the players do in Sigil and how this whole thing plays out.
Click here to continue to the second session, where the heroes must try to stop the modrons from demolishing a lawful good city.