Planescape – Planar Portal Generator (Download)
It’s been a while since I made any Planescape related content, but this is an idea that I got super excited about designing recently. This set of random generator tables is designed as a toolkit for any DM running a game in the Planescape campaign setting, who might need to quickly come up with a Planar Portal (let’s face it, the things are popping up all over the place, and that’s just in Sigil)!
The lists of Portal Types, Locations, Gate Keys, and Portal appearances are all based directly on lore from original AD&D2E Planescape books, and I’ve thrown in a few references to specific things from those books (the gate key A freshly cut flower is a reference to For the Price of a Rose, one of the starter adventures from the Planescape Campaign Setting boxed set), and from Planescape: Torment (For which there are several references, that aren’t hard to spot).
These tables are naturally designed to be used pretty freely by DMs – they needn’t randomise every part of the portal, or can simply choose from the lists, or just use them for inspiration. With the exception of a couple of 5e-specific ability checks, the lists are generally system-neutral too, so they can be used for Planescape games in the original AD&D2E rules set as well.
Woe is a cutter who finds that a portal that costs them a 500gp diamond to open takes them straight to the Hive ward. Though, if that breaks them out of the deepest layers of the Abyss, then it might just be a price worth paying…
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