In “Factions Need Moderate and Extremists,” we discussed how framing problems — and factions — on a belief spectrum adds value to our Planescape games. In this article, we flesh out the moderate and extreme wings of each of Sigil’s 15 factions.
The Planescape setting is designed to encourage philosophical discussion, but the philosophies of its 15 Factions read like bad philosophy 101 essays. Let’s make the factions more engaging and believable by adding extreme and moderate subfactions.
In this Introduction to Planescape Series, we first explained why Planescape exists as both Dungeons and Dragons’ Theory of the Planes and as a specific setting, then explored each of the two aspects in more detail. In this final article of the series, we will put everything together and discuss how GMs should and should not introduce Planescape into their campaigns.
The Planescape campaign setting published for DND Second Edition is filled with complex NPCs, fantastic locations, villainous schemes, and the peerless artwork of Tony DiTerlizzi. But how do you find what you’re looking for in an out-of-print setting with 4 box sets and 20+ published adventures? This article will get you started, laying out the basics you need to know and other resources that will help you run the setting.