- Earn a page
- To learn a valuable lesson. Most
commonly used when a cutter picks up some dark without
suffering too much for it.
- Empty bubbles,
- Descriptive slang term for
Agathion, last layer of Pandemonium. Also any place
that's hard to get to and (in the speaker's opinion)
invariably not worth the effort.
- The process of losing one's belief
and finding nothing, thus accepting the Bleaker's
viewpoint. Often Bleakers claim emptying is the path to
enlightenment. Alternatively, emptying can include losing
a dearly held belief, like losing faith in a power, a
lover, a friend, or a family member. "Poor sod; when
he caught Tyria with Jackorn it completely emptied
- One of the fifteen philosophical
groups that rule Sigil.
- A general term for any faction
- The leader of a
- One of the factol's high-up
advisors, or a body who's devoted his life to the
faction. Usually in the highest position of power in a
faction, and often considered for the job of the factol
if the old one steps down or is otherwise
- A dedicated member of a
- Faith mine,
- The Prime Material
- Athar term for priests and
- Faithful as a
- Evolved from the cliché
that a Sensate wouldn't keep his word if he would miss a
new sensation. Originally, this saying was "Faithful as a
Tanar'ri", but people found out Sensates don't kill and
torture as soon as the fiends (still, most Sensates don't
really like this saying).
- An outer-planar term for an
inner-planar native, stressing the "superiority" of the
Outer Planes due to the presence of belief.
- A faction that holds that if
they've got something, it's because it belongs to them.
This doesn't always sit well with others. Fated are also
called the Takers or the Heartless.
- Feeding the
- Killing for hire. "I've just
got a job feeding the crows for Trav'll the Loan Shark.
Seems he needs an example made of some
- Feeding the
- The act of executing a prisoner.
Specifically, it's a unique type of execution carried out
by the Mercykillers.
- Primarily refers to baatezu,
yugoloths, gehreleths, hordlings and tanar'ri, but
sometimes includes any intelligent beings native to the
Lower Planes (night hags, imps, quasits, and the
- Fiend of
- A sage of the Fraternity of Order,
one Miles Maccaber, often gave the Lady of Pain this
title (apparently, he put a lot of stock in the popular
theory the the Lady is an ascended fiend). Seeing as
Maccaber didn't die a bloody death by flaying (in fact,
he died of old age) we can only assume that the Lady
didn't object to this title.
- Used as part of a warning to
someone planning to make a trip to a Lower Plane
(especially a dangerous part), as in, "Sure, go to
Darkspire; you'll be lucky if you don't end up as
- Derogatory name for the Believers
of the Source. The pun should be obvious, linking forge
masters to the planar warthog, but there's a second
meaning which implies that Godsmen also cheat on their
- This technically means to sift
through or sort out, like "He's fingering through his
brain-box for information." But most people use it
around less wholesome pursuits or senility: "That old
codger has to finger his notes just to sit down!" or
"Those bashers are heading out to finger through the
boneyard, we should scrag 'em"
- Low-level magics, often used in
reference to illusions. Comes from magic being referred
to as "The Art". "Don't fret about that light show;
it's just some apprentice
- Idle stories, useless information:
"Watch out for that tout Skorrig, He'll fill your
brain-box with flam."
- Foam, foaming,
- Angry like a rabid yeth hound
foaming at the mouth, e.g.. "That berk's foaming,
better not go near him".
- Upset or annoyed (an expression
from the Plane of Water).
- Originally used to describe
deliberate altering of anything. e.g. "That folded map
you bought ain't worth the jink you paid for it."
Also, colloquially describes harm done to another being.
e.g. "The Mercykillers sure folded that
- For the
- Absolutely and completely fed up.
Meaning a blood would rather be in the Mazes than the
position they're in now. "I'm for the mazes if the
Sinker-Sensate alliance sticks!"
- Stubborn, refusing to listen to
new ideas: "Don't be so sodding fourish!" From the
close-mindedness of Inner Planars, many of whom refuse to
believe in the Rule of Threes, pointing instead to the
"fourishness" of the Inner Planes.
- An exception. Refers to the
so-called unwritten rule of the Multiverse: There's an
exception to every rule. "A githzerai who likes
githyanki? He's fourth rule."
- Fraternity of
- A faction in Sigil, also called
the Guvners. They believe that knowing physical laws
gives a cutter power over everything. They're not the
kind of folk to argue logic with.
- Very, extremely, completely and
utterly. "Those baatezu Hardheads were ful angry when
we gave them the laugh!"
- Many, a lot of. "That prime's
got a gad of jink on him!"
- Spirit, moxie, occasionally a
reference to male anatomy. "Man, the way you stared
down that pit fiend took real galbas."
- Game of
- Usually, this term is used by
lawful berks, means a plan, or rarely even life itself
(was used long ago and not usually used now) As in:
"Lets hope our game of chess succeeds, or it'll mean
Hardheads after us..."
- A polite reference to interplanar
politics; it is considered bad form for all but the most
top-shelf bloods to use this term. The term comes from a
time when a fiend supplicant reverently asked an ancient
pit fiend what it was like leading a regiment in the
- An indiscriminate eater,
particularly referring to someone not of tiefling
descent. Implies that the eater is a glutton and would
eat or consume anything placed in front of them. Wooly
Cupgrass has been described as a gannet by some. Anyone
not of pure fiendish ancestry who eats the food from
Comstock's Kitchen is a gannet (or just tired of
- A bribe, as in "Give the petty
official a garnish and he'll go away".
- Another term for a portal. All
gates in Sigil are generally called portals. The term is
also used in a general sense to describe any sort of
passage between one plane and another.
- A burg on the Outlands that has a
gate to another Outer Plane. Each plane has one
gate-town, and the town often has the same basic
appearance, outlook, and attributes as the inhabitants,
architecture and terrain of the corresponding
- Slang term for a modron.
Suprisingly, modrons don't seem to mind the term...but I
wouldn't use it near Regulus. You never know where in
that place it's illegal to give modrons
- A nickname for The Fortress of
Disciplined Enlightenment, a city on Mechanus which is
home to the Guvners. Used mostly by non-Guvners, but
sometimes used by low-ranking members of the faction.
(They don't seem to mind the nickname).
- A term used on the Outlands in a
manner similar to cardinal directions on the Prime.
Towards Mechanus, but not necessarily pointing directly
towards that plane. Example: 'Tradegate's gearward of
- Money, jink, usually referring to
small change (greens, stingers and the like). It ain't
usually used for larger amounts.
"Guilt is good.
Gelt is better."
- Factol Rowan
- A prime who visits the planes via
astral spell. Since it involves little physical
risk on the prime's part, it's often considered cowardly
and even distasteful by planars (the prime hasn't even
deigned to come to the planes with his actual body). The
term "cord babies" is also used, though less
- Travelling the Border Ethereal
(sometimes inaccurately used to indicate other methods of
- Strong, cheap ale that can
"kill a man at a giant's pace."
- Give 'em the
- To escape or slip through the
clutches of someone. Robbing a tanar'ri and not getting
caught is giving it the laugh.
- Give the
- What happens to condemned
criminals who don't manage to give the law the laugh.
Usually thieves are the only folks who use this
- A worthless small-time thief or a
pickpocket. It's considered an insult to both honest
cutters and thieves who see themselves as a cut above the
- Depressing: "There's some real
glooming news in S.I.G.I.S. this week."
- Go flip a
- This has the obvious meaning of
"pike it" but also implies that the person who is being
spoken to is immature and perhaps a bit bratty (the kind
of person who would, in a crowded tavern, flip a fork
just to cause trouble).
- Go hug
- Get lost!
- Go kiss a
- Get lost! But cutter, if you're
going to die, it might as well be this way
- Go roll your
- This term is used mainly to tell
someone to pike it and get lost. It's an insult, although
a soft one.
- Go to the
- An idiomatic curse meaning "go
away", and wishing a terrible fate upon the berk as
- Another name for the Believers of
- Toril, coined after the Avatar
- Athas, Krynn, or the Athar
faction, depending on who you ask.
- A corpse, or more specifically
someone crushed under a dying enemy. "That archer
thinks he's gonna slay that pit fiend, but if he does
it'll lay on him like a golem's bed..."
- A secret that must be kept on pain
of death. Chant goes it comes from the use of the Prime
word "emet", or Truth, to animate a golem, and the fact
that erasing the first letter of it yields "met", or
Death. Many golems have the word emet written on
their foreheads, when it can be erased by their makers,
in case the animation process goes wrong...
- Another explanation is that this
comes from the children's' saying that if a secret isn't
kept, "The golems'll get you."
- Got a good gate
- Someone who owns a good gate key
would surely be a busy guy, travelling from adventure to
adventure all through the Planes... and he'd either be
dead soon, or a real blood (even then always in danger,
though). Someone who's "got a good gate key" as per the
saying would be someone always stumbling upon interesting
new things, getting into trouble, etc., even without
being responsible for it.
- Head chef, abbreviated from
'gourmet chef'. "That gour at the Styx Oarsman's an
ugly cuss - chant goes he's a vaporighu spawn. A real
thing of no bowels."
- False information: "That
addle-cove speaks nothing but grail."
- A sage or scholar. This term
refers to the stereotypical wizened old man but can apply
to any learned intellectual, even female
- Derogatory term for the
Mercykillers, implying that they can be easily greased or
- Great Ring,
- The Outer Planes, often depicted
in maps and diagrams (which are often misleading) as a
ring. This also refers to their infinite size, another
allusion to the endlessness of a ring.
- A series of permanent,
always-active gates scattered throughout the Outer
Planes. The Great Road connects all the Outer Planes,
although the gates themselves are so spread out it's said
it would take many lifetimes to walk the entire Great
Road. A few of the gates are linked by paths, but most
are not connected in any way.
- The Quasi elemental Plane of
- A copper coin (see
of the Planes for more
- Colloquial term for a Mimir, as in
"Hold it there grinner - I want the chant on who to be
peery of and who to garnish. Not some damn slaad-story of
- Elusive, not quite definable.
Those who're dead or appear to have lost their memories
(to the Styx) and are otherwise unable to be identified
are sometimes referred to as 'Groke' much in the manner
of 'John Doe'. See the Cage
Rattlers page for
details on the real Groke.
- A potential victim of a peel, a
- A nickname for the Fraternity of
- A while ago, long enough ago to be
difficult to be precise, but still in recent memory.
Typically used to describe anything that occurred much
less than a turn or two ago. See also a
- Not all there, a few bricks short
of a wall, a half wit.
- A plan or endeavour that would by
its very nature would attract extremely strong
opposition. Also, to embark upon such an endeavour.
Supposedly inspired by a famous quote, though nobody
remembers what the quote was, or who said it.
- Happy as a
- In a very foul mood indeed. If you
can't work that one out, you've clearly not seen a
- A less-than friendly term for the
- To listen. "Hark to that!
Sounds like a fhorge."
- A faction of the planes, also
called the Hardheads by their detractors. The faction
slogan could be "do it our way or no way".
- Having the
right spell key on the wrong plane
- Having really bad
- Another name for the
- An adjective meaning a real blood.
"She's the hendest tiefling this side of Baator, and
no mistake." Unhende
is conversely worse than addled, clueless and
leatherheaded put together!
- The absolute limit of what's
plausible (on the planes, this can be a long way):
"I've got nothing against what the Dustmen do, but
their screed about being dead already really is past
- Powerful. This refers to a spell,
position, or anything else with plenty of power that can
theoretically be measured. A person of money and
influence. Factols, for example, are high-ups. It's bad
form to call one's self this; it's a phrase that others
- Stranded. "Hipping the rube" means
stranding someone by sending them through a one-way
- Holding the
- To have the power to use celestial
allies. Often, this term is used exclusively by or about
lower planar commanders. "Powers of Night, the Archons
better come soon! I thought the commander said we were
holdin' the halos!"
- The honey-peel is the act of
fooling or manipulating an individual through seduction,
though honey-peel generally connotes that the
honey-peeler is of fiendish origin. "Man, I tell ya',
the worst part's that you've gotta worry that any pretty
face is a honey-peeler."
- A common lower-planar term for the
Tanar'ri... well... horde!
- Hotter than a
- Being so angry that you want to
put everybody in a ten-foot radius into the dead
- Particularly loud or obnoxious
rumours, especially from barmies or mephitmen:
"Ah...don't mind Drango. He gets a pot of bub in him
and he always spouts the howl." Also, to profess
particularly loud or obnoxious rumours. Derived from the
noises of the winds in Pandemonium: "Hells' bells!
That imp's been howling about the Lady for hours. It's a
wonder he's still standing."
- To murder or assassinate. "The
scratcher's head hunting again. They've found another
- Hunted in the
- Sigil, the Cage, often becomes a
hide-out for those who have angered a power, the fiends,
or someone else really powerful. If such a person gets
hunted even in the Cage - the cutter is in real
- Head, brain, or skull. Often used
in vulgar comparison to chamber pots. "If you'd used
your idea-pot instead of your cess-pot for once, we
wouldn't be in this mess!"
- The common name for members of the
- An inker is one who records or
reports events through writing, i.e. a Guvner scribe, a
Merkhant debt-recorder, or a writer for
- The Elemental Planes (Air, Earth,
Fire, Water), the Paraelemental Planes (Ice, Magma, Ooze,
Smoke), Quasielemental Planes (Ash, Dust, Lightning,
Mineral, Radiance, Salt, Steam and Vacuum) and the Energy
Planes (Positive and Negative). They are planes of
elements and energy, as opposed to those of concepts and
- It's a
- Meaning "I don't know" or "I don't
care" e.g. "Hey, umm... 'cutter'... where's Thoth's
Laboratory?" "It's a demiplane."
- Puzzled planewalker
- Herian Fypgar, a cynical bariaur,
who's right for once
- Powers. Cager Rhyming Slang:
Ivory Tower = Power.
- Generally refers to the state of
being both upset and confused, but can be used for either
one of them alone for example, "I'm going to jangle
him up a bit," or "You look awfully jangled
up." It's normally only used for relatively minor
cases, and as such is sometimes be used to say that
you're in pretty good shape, given the circumstances, as
in "I'm pretty jangled up, but I'll
- A copy or forgery. A jarkman
creates jarks, but so do leaf-binders.
- Counterfeit coinage. "Watch
that cross-trading costermonger close, cutter, he'll slip
you jark jink for change if you're not
- A slick thief, spy, or other rogue
that constantly gives authorities the laugh. Beringe, the
Anarchist, for one.
- Coin purse "You best keep your
jinglings close, berk, if you plan on going to the
- The goal of the poor: money or
coins. "That's going to take a lot of jink!" means
an expensive bit of garnishing. For specific cant coin
names, see greens,
- A mercenary. Can be classified by
amount demanded for services, from "greenbasher" to
- A moneychanger.
- A disreputable money lender. This
term is considered a serious insult to honest bankers (if
there is such a thing).
- Often used to refer to large
hordes of jink, or places to find jink. "That
blaster's a real jinkscore."
- A prostitute. The term refers both
to the price such bashers can be had for, and to their
habit of jinking their skirts up or unbuttoning their
shirts to attract customers. There are further
variations: a greenshirt
is the lowest kind of male streetwalker and a
is a high-priced, Lady's Ward doxy. A bloodskirt
caters specifically to fiends (cf. Bloodlust).
caters for Tieflings (cf. Firewalker).
- A person who welches on a debt, a
- Gold coin (see Economy
of the Planes for more
- A term used on the Outlands in a
manner similar to cardinal directions on the Prime.
Towards Elysium, but not necessarily pointing directly
towards the plane. Example: 'Tir na Og's joyward of
Tir fo Thuinn.'
- Jumping out the
- Trying an untested portal, or even
trying a procedure you're not sure will result in a
portal. Invented by Yakomo Harada, Wild Mage and
Planeswalker, due to the fact that to get to a certain
Prime you have to jump out the window of the Hero's Rest
Inn in Sigil with a beer in hand.
- Formally, the name given to the
effects the Beastlands have on travellers: the gaining of
animal-like characteristics. Also used to describe
someone who is acting in an animalistic, aggressive, or
horny way: "Xaq's got jungle fever, lookit her hangin'
all over that berk!"
- A peddler who deals in cheap
merchandise or trinkets. This term is considered
offensive to merchants and traders of finer
- A notable piece of information.
"Hey Blood, What's the keeper on that tavern?" "A pit
fiend frequents it, and he don't like
- Similar to tunnel-jacked, but this
term only refers to instances when a cutter's been hipped
by a random portal switch.
- Kill a
- To peel or bob a prime (or simply
a naive, generally foolish berk). Also a game played by
particularly malicious bashers, where a prime is thrown
through a portal to one of the lower planes. The portal
is kept active, and the bashers make bets on how many
pieces the berk comes back in.
- Any place a cutter can put his
feet up and sleep for a night, especially cheap
flophouses in the Hive or elsewhere. Also, to
kip is to make a place a
body's home, at least for a while.
- Kiss the
- Falling down.
- A retriever - a monstrosity of the
Abyss. (see PSMCII).
- Knight of the
post, knight of the cross-trade
- A thief, cheat, and a liar --
clearly not a compliment unless, of course, that's what
the basher wants to be.
- Knowing all the
- Having a really good memory, or
knowing many things.
- One who thinks he's an important
blood, but is actually not. Ex: "Factor Trevant might
be a high-up, but he's just a kobold king next to
- Ladies in
- The dabus, so called because they
seem to be the Lady of Pain's handmaidens. There's also a
dark rumour going round that they're all aspiring Ladies
themselves, and when the Serene One gets written into the
dead book, one of them seamlessly takes over her
- Hello, good day. Derives from:
"There by the Lady's Grace go I", a poem praising
the Lady for her portals and the Cage. The writer was
found flayed, but still the saying caught on! There's no
accounting for taste.
- Like 'mum's the word', with a
darker connotation. It implies secrecy, conspiracy --
with a twist: To break the Lady's word is to write your
own name into the Dead Book.
- A berk doing something especially
foolish, likely to get them put in the Dead Book. Like
worshipping the Lady of Pain, for example.
- To tell or inform. See
- Terribly, terribly, ugly. So ugly
that even a fiend would be scared.
- This is another example of rhyming
slang: Laugh and Giggle = Sigil. It's an old term
used to refer to Sigil, older than 'Cage,' and is the
basis for the phrase, "giving the laugh."
Originally, an escape to Sigil from some dangerous
archfiend or power whom the Lady prevented from entering
the city was known as giving
the laugh, and the phrase
has since expanded to include bobbing or evading anyone,
- An insulting hand sign. It's made
by placing the ring finger under the thumb while
extending the other fingers.
- A derogatory term for the cogs of
Mechanus the implication is that law is oppressive,
crushing the freedom of the individual. This term is not
popular among the lawful factions, especially the
- Laying out the
- Setting up an ambush.
- Bookbinders or scribes. Quite a
common term in the Clerk's Ward.
- A tome or book. More specifically,
an old or particularly boring book. "Hey, cutter, flip
through this leafer and you might find that spell you're
looking for." Originally used to describe spellbooks,
now just a generalised term.
- The gallows, which is where some
berks wind up after they've been scragged.
- A dolt; a dull or thick-witted
fellow. Use it to call someone an idiot. Also an
adjective; "a leatherheaded sod".
- A common lower-planar term for the
- Prime. Cager Rhyming Slang:
Lemon and Lime = Prime. Confusingly, a lemon is also
a person who deals with time and time travel, such as a
chronomancer. It's another example of rhyming slang:
Lemon and Lime = Messing with Time.
- Promoted through faction ranks,
or, more formally, made a proxy. Example: "Sarin just
lifted me. Guess who's your new boss?"
- True, truthful. Also used to refer
- Sigil. Stems from "Great Ring" for
the Outer Planes...Sigil herself is a ring within the
Ring itself, hence the cant term.
- A blood, or someone with a lot of
darks stashed away in his bone-box.
- Dead. "He got lost" means
he ain't coming back without a
- Lost en
- A Blood War term for lost through
attrition. "Most of the alu-fiends were lost en
passant when the barbazu charged." This term also
derives from chess.
- Someone who is romantically
inclined toward erinyes, incubi, and similar creatures:
"I hear Poison Lips has another lovelorn. Wonder if
she'll behead this one or just hang him?". Also the
state of being romantically inclined to these creatures:
"Sure as Sigil. Jenny's gone lovelorn over that
incubus, Blaycker Tendon."
- Also called the dark planes or the
nether regions (or the
whistles by some, see
below) -- the Abyss, Acheron, Baator, Carceri, Gehenna,
and Pandemonium, the planes of evil alignment. Fiends
inhabit these dismal places.
- Lying like a
- Used by those bloods who think all
the talk about the 'loths being the most powerful fiends
is just screed spread by the 'loths themselves (you know,
belief is power). The 'loths themselves really, really
dislike this saying.
- Another name for the Bleak
- An upper-planar insult to the
fiends, given that many of them arise from
- Making the
Inner Planes slide
- Accomplishing something very hard
- Xaositect high-up. From
'hierarch' and 'maniac'.
- Mapping the
- Wasting time.
- Any berk who deals with a yugoloth
- because of their fame as manipulators.
- To make a note of something, as
in: "Mark this kip. We'll meet here at antipeak."
To be marked is to be identified, as in "That berk was
marked as a Guvner."
- The nasty little traps that the
Lady of Pain creates for would-be dictators. It's also
come to mean any particularly well-deserved punishment,
as in, "It's the Mazes for him and I can't say I'm
- Experiencing something that seemed
to be an easy thing at first (like meeting a lone
kobold), but suddenly finding out it leads one to big
trouble (like finding out that lone kobold is
- Spend: "Let's go and melt some
- Pathetic, stupid, or worthless
person (when not used to refer to a real mephit, of
course). Insult: "The dabus and their Lady are a lot
of mephits!" (NB. this person was later found draped
over the sign post of a cobbler's shop, flayed). Just
don't use it in this way anywhere near a real
mephit...they get cross...
- It is a insult to Mercykillers. It
means frequently changing sides or turning
- A faction of Sigil that believes
in absolute justice. Also called the Red
- Platinum coin (see
of the Planes for more
- Metal cup
- Any bar or eatery that has enough
regular violence that glass drinking cups are too
difficult and expensive to keep in stock. Metal cups
don't break, they just change shape.
- A common term for any modron
force, though often it is used in the Lower Planes to
signify the Army of the Blood War.
- Chant goes this was once a slaad
word (is there such a thing?) translated loosely as
'unpalatable rubbish', e.g.: "You expect me to
eat this mibix?" Also an expression meaning
'screed', e.g. "A liberal Hardhead? There is
some mibix that I just won't swallow..."
- Jink, money, cash, wealth. This
comes from the rhyming slang: milk and honey =
- Someone who mindlessly repeats
whatever he is told. Typically used by Indeps and
Anarchists to refer to anyone who is putting forward the
"official" stand on any event.
- A bodyguard, as in "He's not so
tough, but there's a couple of minders watching over
- A derogatory term for a telepath
or psionicist. It has been broadened to include anyone
who has telepathic skills or spells, particularly
Probe or ESP.
- Derogatory term for the
Transcendent Order, belittling their goals. ('Zombie' was
once tried as an insult for the Ciphers, but the Dustmen
squelched the phrase and its creator before it ever
- Slightly derogatory slang for a
psionicist. Many Cagers have a hard time discerning
between psionics and magic, so enchanters and others who
use mind-altering magic may be referred to as
- The feeling of helplessness and
frustration incurred by waiting for your turn in an
official process -- in queues for appointments, to fill
out forms (in triplicate), or in the Guvner's Courts for
a trial. It's especially used by the more chaotic planar
- A Blood War term for the sudden
growth in size of a force when rampant gating begins to
occur. The idea is that foes begin appearing like
mushrooms popping up in a field.
- A price a cutter doesn't usually
want to pay, but has to anyway. As in, "Pay the music
or you'll never find your way out of here." Not a
- Undead, primarily those that decay
or appear decayed: this includes primarily zombies,
revenants, and liches
- Someone who belongs to a faction
in name only, paying lip service to its philosophy but
not really dedicated to its principles.
- To become angry or annoyed, to
direct anger at a person. "He's gonna get narky if you
tell him that' or 'he got real narky at me when I told
- Anything reptilian or amphibian in
appearance, such as a lizard man, yuan-ti, or minion of
- To attack, cut, or strike someone,
often used in threats. It's also used to indicate
inflicting other injury upon a sod, such as stealing from
him, as in "I nicked him good, and got his
- An insulting reference to a
Not for all the
jink in Shurrock
- No way, never. Commonly used
phrase when discussing whether to slum it and eat out at
the Styx Oarsman tavern.
- Not in good
- Dead. A Sigilian
- Not the shadow
of a shade
- Morally and politically
immaculate. Used to describe particularly worthy
paladins, archons or guardinals by their
- A common term for the rare tavern
or inn in Sigil that can acquire pure water; usually such
taverns are clustered around gates to Water or
- Attention grabbing greeting. E.g.
"Oi! You there! Stop!" Hardhead to fleeing tiefling
- A derogatory nickname for Factol
Skall of the Dustmen, coined by a (now deceased) enemy of
his. Note: If you value your life, never use this
term if you even suspect Skall or a friend of his is
listening. Skall may have purged himself of emotions, but
he's only human - err, undead human - and doesn't like to
be insulted any more than you do (and getting on the bad
side of a guy who can pack Meteor Swarms isn't a
- A very unflattering way of
referring to the Lady of Pain.
- An insult to the Order of the
Planes-Militant, derived from the rapid pronunciation of
the sect's initials, OPM. Its brethren are called Opium
Dreamers or Dreamers.
- Outside of the Outer Planes. A
body who's on the Elemental Plane of Water is
"out-of-touch." This vernacular comes from Sigil, which
is considered to be the centre of the Multiverse by those
who adopted this phrase.
- Like the phrase above, this one's
used by Cagers to describe a body who's on the
- The Abyss, Acheron, Arborea,
Arcadia, Baator, the Beastlands, Bytopia, Carceri,
Elysium, Gehenna, the Gray Waste, Limbo, Mechanus, Mount
Celestia, the Outlands, Pandemonium and Ysgard. They're
planes of concept rather than element.
- Clueless primes who don't yet know
how things work on the planes (and especially in
- Like "planeborne," this term
refers to the aligned creatures, including archons,
guardinals, eladrin, slaadi, tanar'ri, yugoloths,
baatezu, modrons, and rilmani. However, unlike
"planeborne," paramortal also includes such creatures as
gehreleths, aasimon, and Ancient Baatorians, as well as
the theorised priminals and baernoloth-ancestors.
Paramortal isn't often heard except in philosophical
discussions; adventurers favour planeborne.
- Park your
- To eavesdrop, spy upon, or just
simply listen intently. "He parked his ears in the
Hall of Speakers to keep up with the very latest
- A power with worshippers on only
- A derogatory term for an
individual who mindlessly and thoughtlessly "parrots"
their faction's or homeplane's viewpoint. Parrot implies
that the speaker cannot understand the ideas he is
constantly conveying. Parrot may also be used as a verb
in the same manner it is used in Prime common. "You
know...for a bunch of berks claiming they're all free,
them Indeps all parrot each other so much I can't see how
they ain't blek-shouters."
- A means of planar travel that
requires actual physical movement. Commonly known paths
include the rivers Styx
Ash Yggdrasil, and the
Staircase of Ysgard.
See the Planar
Pathways section for
- Yet another term for the chant.
Most commonly used when in regards to snitching. Verbal
use: "He'll peal all right." Noun: "OK, Geld.
We know you got the peal on him!"
- A swindle, con or trick. It's
often used as a verb. Peeling a tanar'ri is usually a bad
- Suspicious and on one's guard.
What a basher should be if she thinks she's going to get
- Exaggerated stories or tales,
especially if written: "That piece in S.I.G.I.S. about
the Anarchists was just cheap
- A mortal who has died and reformed
on the plane of his alignment and/or deity without memory
of his former life. A petitioner's ultimate goal is to
become one with the plane he's occupying, although no one
(not even the petitioner) knows the whole dark of
- A Cager term for a dead power.
Note: It's a good idea not to use this one around
- Pick(ing) the
- When some high-up shares the dark,
he's picking the purse. This comes from the idea that if
someone steals an important bit of knowledge, and he
shares it, he's robbing the owner of it's secrecy, and in
essence, picking his purse.
- A useful, all-purpose rude phrase,
as in, "Take a short stick and pike it,
- To anger someone, as in, "Once
he discovers he's been peeled, he's going to be really
- Hardhead or some other overzealous
scragger of sods.
- Pit fiend
- A promise, begrudgingly made, and
likely to be twisted.
- Any being native to a plane other
than the Prime Material Plane. These are living beings,
- A wormhole-like connection that
links two layers of the same plane, or (rarely) two
layers of two different planes.
- A planar crossbreed. Any offspring
of a planar native and a human. Tieflings are
plane-touched, as are aasimar and genasi. Alu-fiends and
cambions are also considered plane-touched.
- A cutter who travels the planes
looking for adventure, jink, or glory -- a
plane-travelling adventurer. Usually, to refer to someone
as a planewalker carries a tone of respect, for such
individuals are considered capable, knowledgeable, and
- Playing chess
- Graz'zt is known to be very
cunning, and if he fails he goes really wild. Thus,
someone who plays chess with Graz'zt will either fail
with his plans, or if he succeeds, have even worse
- An informant or plant within an
organisation. "I was followed here, but I managed to
lose 'em. I think someone's playing mimir in our
cell." Usually used by Anarchists.
- A member of one the nine native
philosophical races of the Outer Planes; the
Archons, Guardinals, Eladrin,
Slaad, Tanar'ri, Yugoloths,
Baatezu, Modrons or Rilmani. It's
like saying "Celestials and Fiends and Cordians"
all at once. There's some debate in greybeard circles as
to whether the Aasimon are really planeborne (if
they are it breaks the rather compelling rule of three
cubed), and it's generally accepted that the
Gehreleths ain't planeborne (though nobody really
knows what they are instead).
- A doorway allowing passage to (and
possibly from) another plane. These are always found in
bounded spaces like archways, and always require a key.
Also called gates.
- A cutter who's well-lanned when it
comes to the cross-trade, specifically fences, knights of
the post, fraudsters and other shady cony-catchers. Also
to possess these 'qualities'.
- Any narcotic or drug sold on the
streets of Sigil.
- A being of incredible might,
drawing energy from those who worship it and able to
grant spells to priests. Also called a deity or god.
Somebody a body shouldn't ever mess with.
- The Prime Material Plane or
someone from that plane. Also a single prime-material
- Troublemaker; a real pain in the
- A mighty servant of a power --
usually a former mortal servant of that
- A derogatory term for a proxy,
high priest, or any blood who works for a Power, probably
coined by the Athar.
- An enchanter, a mentalist, or a
telepathic psionicist. Often times, puppeteer is also
used for faction high-ups. The tools of puppeteers are,
- The Cordant Planes (between Upper
and Lower, i.e.. Mechanus, the Outlands and Limbo).
Neither wondrous nor terrible; a sort of bland
- Slang for a beggar. There's a
whole bloody guild of quippers in Sigil, and they're one
of the best sources of information in the Cage. Why? No
one thinks to shut their bone box around a beggar, and no
one's poor enough not to be able to afford to garnish 'em