Sigil is a hard place for those who are new to it. An influx of ‘Clueless’ had occurred recently. Perhaps Her Serenity felt Sigil needed some new blood. Perhaps a rash of bad luck just happened across the primes. Kresela Eyries, a Sigil resident, but not a native, drew apon this pool of ‘fresh talent’ to help fill a crew for guard duty for a trade caravan heading to Athas, a desert region on some Prime.
Among those taken on by Kresela were Earl Johnson, a former solder become lawman in the wild west of the plane of America, brought to Sigil and lost/abandoned by his dimension hopping companion; Sauder, a salvager from a world covered by the ocean, and his mysterious helper Miter, who came to Sigil while exploring a newly discovered site of the lost civilization of his world; and Lusana of Tribe Tynan, both warrior and shaman touched by the gods, who entered a cave on a spiritual trial, and apon entering a large cavern, found themselves in Sigil.
The journey to visit the tribe of nomads on Athas was uneventful. However, on the way back, the caravan was assaulted by a band of lizard-people. They appeared to be after something held in one of the caravans. The group fought them off as the Caravans hauled for the canyon arch, which was the portal back to Sigil. Some of the creatures were strange however, in that they didn’t seem as harmed by the blows of the group as others, and when the died, they mysteriously dissolved away into nothing.
This proved a bonding experience for the new comers, who determined that they worked well together with Kresela, and should work together in the future, as well as sticking together in their new home of Sigil. Further adventures in Sigil included a trip into what turned out to be a sentient house, in search of a missing girl. The house, being sentient and magical, attempted to confuse and scare the party away through a series of illusions, some against the entire party, some targeted to individuals. In the end though, they made their way to the top of the building, where the found the girl, who explained the house was protecting her. Both her, and the house, were quite mad, it seemed.
Later, one night Earl went out alone in search of a bar to drink away his feelings of being abandoned in Sigil, got stunningly drunk…. and woke up with (several) someone else’s bodyparts graphed on, replacing some of his own. Investigation into the matter found that a mad scientist, ‘Doctor’ Svaadengrav had befriended him at the bar, and after buying earl’s way into the bottom of several bottles, used him to test out his new techniques. After tracking down some of those who had parts of his, Earl and Co were able to figure out who was responsible, and force him to swap the parts back, excepting his heart, which Earl elected to leave with the old man who got it, since his original heart was bad, and he wasn’t compatible with the artificial heart Dr. Svaadengrav had created. It was during this midsadenture that the party met Cicero, a a bounty hunter and follower of X, who proved helpful in finding Earl’s missing parts, as well as the Scientist himself.
Shortly thereafter, Kresela’s ‘mentor’ Grokt came to the group with a contract for a job doing more caravan work. The job was to guard a caravan traveling to the plane of Rokugan, where they would pose as leper guards to a ‘gaijin’ caravan come to do business during a festival held by the Unicorn Clan, a clan of Samurai who had ties to the Gaijin outside the empire of Rokugan. Unfortunately, while they were there, a plague broke out, resulting in the city being quarantined, and both Lusana and Cicero, came down with the illness. They discovered that those worst taken by the disease appeared to develop an evil aura, separate but intertwined with their own aura, causing the party to believe the plague was perhaps somehow magical or supernatural in nature. They attempted to warn the natives, but were not given much credence. However, they managed to find some monks who appeared to believe them.
While out doing this, Cicero, who had been hit hard by the plague, seemingly recovered, and slipped out, leaving a note to the group that he had a vision from his God that he was needed here, and after being healed by his diety, slipped out of the city. He apologized for leaving without saying goodbye, but asked that they leave him behind, and wished them the best. The quarantine was lifted shortly thereafter, and the night before they were to leave, they were attacked by a band of men, seemingly natives, dressed in black pajamas. One of them said to Earl “Give us what you took from the sands~”. They otherwise fought silently, and to the death, though several of the bodies disappeared after being slain, while others retreated once the battle was clearly lost.
The party returned to Sigil, disturbed by the encounter and seeming similarities to the attack by the lizard people and attack by the men on Rokugan. Based on the way the bodies disappeared and how some seemed to be more resistant to blows than expected, it was theorized that perhaps both sets of creatures were influenced in some way by Shadow Magic or the Plane of Shadow. Now if the could only find an expert on the subject…