The Lady's Ward
THE LADY’S WARD
The most influential and powerful within Sigil society live and work in The Lady’s Ward, the richest of Sigil’s sections. Within the unmarked boundaries of The Lady’s Ward, a visitor will find the City Barracks, the Court, the Prison, and the Armory, as well as more than half of the city’s temples. This ward tends to be the cleanest, quietest. and most up-scale of all the areas in the City of Doors.
This ward overflows with monuments, fountains, and statuary of all descriptions.. It is at once majestic and cold, Full of life but ultimately lifeless thanks to the restrained (some would say absent) energy level imposed upon the visible streets by the residents of the neighbourhood. Behind the gilded gates and whitewashed facades of the well kept buildings, all manner of revelries and plots unwind in secret. And that’s the truth of The Lady’s Ward: The orderly streets hide a secret turbulence that roils and seethes just out of sight.
The rich and powerful aren’t all charitable and honorable, either. Behind the image of respectability might hide the secret face of a crime lord, or a tyrant, or a dark wizard. Not that all the residents of The Lady’s Ward are evil, but they certainly aren’t all good and holy either.
Street crime in the ward is kept to a minimum, thanks to both the proximity of the Prison and the
private militias employed by the great families and wealthiest Individuals living in the neighborhood. Of course, these private armies sometimes battle each other in addition to keeping the ward safe. but that’s just life in The Lady’s Ward.
Fey magic holds sway in the Gardens, a patch of
greenery adjoining the noble district’s most ‘Hest
gious manors. An outer ring of lush and well•tended
botanical wonders surrounds an inner circle of wild
vegetation. Doors to the Feywild abound here. The
inner circle alters its nature on a quarterly cycle.
giving the Cage one of its few signs of seasonal
change. In a succession of three•month intervals,
it manifests as a deciduous forest (spring), a tropical
jungle (stammer). a thorn forest (autumn), and a
coniferous forest (n inter.) An ancient eladrin clan.
the Bloodroot, protects the Gardens from interlopers.
Members of its sell:styled royal court change person.
elides as the vegetation of the inner circle shifts.
The sole sector ofThe Lady’s Ward where the
unwashed are permitted to gather is the Temple
District. Here. great temples to the gods. funded by
competing families, attract swarming crowds of wor•
shipers. The gods cannot appear here, but that doesn’t
stop worshipers from competing in honor of their
patron deities. Followers show their wealth and piety
(In that order) by financing ever more impressive
Temples to dead and forgotten gods remain
extravagantly staffed and attended. Certain families
prefer to dedicate themselves to obscure deities, since
an extinct god never steals your thunder or makes
demands upon you.
Worship can be a thirsty business, and a band of
expensive taverns rings the Temple District to cater
to this need. Best known of them is the Silver Tankard,
a celestial mead house constructed in imitation
of a similar establishment in paradisiacal Hestavar.
Its fabled terrace is reserved for great heroes of law
and virtue. The Silver Tankard is famed as the only
known tavern run by a literal angel, the charismatic