"Everything falls. Raise it up
all you like, but gravity will pull it down. Build up your house, someone's
going to tear it down, and if someone doesn't than time will. Time, the slayer
of all things. Look around, the multiverse crumbles no matter how hard you try
to stop it. It started crumbling at the beginning, and will continue to spiral
down, down, downwards until at the end, we are nothing but ashes. Ashes. That's
the Doomguard, we acknowledge that Entropy exists. Some of us want to help it
along, some of us want to stop it. Me? I care to stand here, let it crumble
without my aid or interference. Anything I do in the end will be pointless
anyhow, entropy sets its own pace in destruction as in all things. We are the
Doomguard, the Sinkers, and we don't care about what you're doing... because in
the end, it all slides away."
"Burn! Burn! Burn it all! Entropy
is King of the Multiverse, and we are but his servants! Go forth, my minions, go
forth and put Sigil to the torch!"
The Doomguard are at the same
time one of the most introspective and one of the most riotous members of the
Sigilian population. They believe in the great power of Entropy to destroy all
that exists. Each of them acknowledges that Entropy is the ultimate force in the
multiverse, and that it's going to eventually take everything in existence with
it, converting it to dust, and then the dust to nothing. They point to the
massive structures, civilizations of old, and our ancestors... each a mighty
force in their time, now gone the way of the dodo. Time destroys all things, say
the most moderate of the Doomguard.
Sadly enough, these Doomguard are
in the minority. The most prominent of the Doomguard (rather, the ones that get
noticed most) are the ones with the belief that Entropy isn't increasing in the
multiverse at a fast enough rate: that is, it's their job to destroy things
without cause. Ordinarily, past factols in the Doomguard have made concerted
efforts to keep this sort of type out of their faction: after all, destruction
for no purpose does nothing. Entropy is meant to be watched; after all, where is
the beauty in a multiverse quickly crumbling up into a ball of paper? No, it is
beauty when the sands of What Was slowly funnel downwards into the never ending
expanse of Nothingness. There is joy in slow destruction, never in the quick.
This is what the elder and more introspective Doomguard know.
Their factol, however, does not.
She is Factol Pentar, and is a young, enthusiastic member of the Doomguard,
believing that in all things, Entropy should be speeded up, aided, helped along
in its quest towards ultimate destructions. She believes totally in nothing
short of the complete annihilation of the Great Modron March, a march that is
undertaken by the Modrons of Mechanus once every 187 years. She's become so
obsessed by the idea that she's begun to prepare her soldiers of Entropy for the
ultimate destruction of their lawful procession along the Great Ring. She's
begun drawing her attention away from Sigil, letting the cambion Ely Cromlich
oversee much of the day-to-day activities of the Doomguard headquarter, the
Armory of Sigil. Most of the time, these day-to-day activities involve selling
swords and other weapons to anyone who shows the right money. The Harmonium hate
this, seeing the Doomguard giving out dangerous weapons to anyone they want and
creating dangerous situations by arming the restless of Sigil. The Doomguard
shrug, and continue to sell weapons to even the most dangerous of criminals in
Sigil. It's said that Cromlich wants to see Sigil razed to the ground... it's
the tanar'ri blood coursing through him, wanting to see everything in flames,
destroyed. You can take a tanar'ri out of the Abyss, but apparently you can't
take the Abyss out of the tanar'ri.
The Doomguard is currently
conflicted: there are those that want to halt the approach of Entropy, some that
want to simply observe it, and some who want to speed up the process. With the
latter in the complete majority, the other members of the Doomguard often find
themselves working at ends counter to those in their faction. Many of the more
moderates in the faction whisper quietly their disapproval of Pentar in her
complete focus on the distant Modron March while her faction crumbles around
her. It's still entropy, which isn't so bad, but they can't help but be angry at
her for her radical changes and chaotic directions that she continues to point
her faction in.
As a general rule,
any jobs that the Doomguard take are related with bringing about entropy.
Invariably, entropy is tied in with the Sigilian weapons industry in some form
or another, be they a weapons appraiser, a smith in the Armory, or a general
ripper that goes around and burns things down for the fun of it. More often than
not the last type ends up in either the Mercykiller's Prison... or dead. If they
League and the Xaosmen usually find themselves allied with the more violent
members of the Doomguard. Random death and destruction find themselves allying
more and more with the Doomguard and their particular style of violence. Certain
Indeps also ally themselves with the Doomguard and the Anarchists' particular
style of destruction because of their anti-Harmonium stance.
None of the lawful
factions (the Harmonium, Fraternity of Order, and the Mercykillers) can condone
the actions of the more violent members of the Doomguard as they proceed to burn
Sigil and generally put it to the torch. They earn the honor of being arrested
by the Harmonium every time they step out of line.