While the Lady of Pain is considered the ultimate ruler of Sigil, the Factions perform virtually all the actual administrative and practical functions of the city. They are the ones the people look to for authority; the Lady only gives edicts or appears personally under rare circumstances. Each of the Factions is based around one particular belief system; many of the Factions’ beliefs make them enemies where their other goals and actions might have made them allies. All Factions hold many secrets from non-members and even their own members, for the fewer know a secret the more secret it is (and these are secrets of power, either wielded or potentially gained by the Faction’s adversaries).

There are fifteen Factions in total, per decree of the Lady of Pain; any additional factions emerging would be subject to her wrath (unless they destroy one of the current 15). At one point there were many more Factions, but after a war referred to as the Kriegstanz amongst the factions, the Lady of Pain decreed that they had a week to get the number down to 15 or she would kill them all.

Factions are led by a Factol. Other high-ranking faction members are called Factors, and mid-level faction members are called Factotums. The lowest-ranking members are called Namers because many of them have only a tenuous faith in their faction’s philosophy and are thus members in name only.

Athar Believers of the source Bleak cabal Doomguard Dustmen
Athar Believers of the Source Bleak Cabal Doomguard Dustmen
Fated Fraternity order Free league Harmonium Mercykillers
Fated Fraternity of Order Free League Harmonium Mercykillers
Revolutionary league Sign of one Society of sensation Xaositects Xaositects
Revolutionary League Sign of One Society of Sensation Transcendent Order Xaositects


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