Not every faction has an official hierarchy, but residents of Sigil recognize four basic categories that apply to most groups. From the highest rank to the lowest, these categories are as follows:
Factol (leader of the faction). Most factols were factors before ascending to the top of the pyramid, but occasionally a popular factotum can seize control. Factols wield great power; the sod who crosses one might end up in the dead-hook. These leaders have the resources of their factions at their fingertips; besides commanding devoted followers, they can supplement their personal equipment with faction assets whenever the need or desire strikes them.
Factors are the high-ups of the factions. They govern strongholds and oversee operations spawned by the factolís policy. Factor councils often control most of a given factionís affairs, especially day-to-day business. Few members attain this rank. Furthermore, some factors pretend to have a lower stature when such a subterfuge suits the factionís [or factolís) cause.
Factotums are full-time factioneers. They regard official faction business as their primary employment. The most visible factotums act as guides and messengers in Sigil, but many more serve their factol as soldiers and scholars, diplomats or enforcers, or even spies and knights of the post. Unlike namers (almost expected to balk at life-threatening missions), factotums can handle ímost any order from a high-up. Usually, the factotum receives the necessary tools to complete the job, too: Factions look after their devoted members.
Namers wear the colors of their faction while avoiding much involvement in the shifting plots devised by the factol and other high-ups. Most PCs fit this description. Also called ďthe file,Ē namers might give the factionís bloods a place to flop for a night, keep eyes and ears open, and pass the chant along. They wonít tolerate an insult to their badge (brawling is a popular past time in Sigilís taverns), but neither will they risk life and limb in a simple dispute. A namer can usually say no even to high-upís request, but itís not likely heíll be asked again, nor rise beyond the rank of namer.