How was factol Hashkar exposed as petitioner?

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KnightOfDecay
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How was factol Hashkar exposed as petitioner?

I always wondered how this happened.
Was there actual proof or where it only rumors, proven by his death and "merging" with the Cage in the Faction War?

Some possibilities might be records about his prior death (though he might have been resurrected) or the fact that as a "soul", he had no need to eat or drink (nothing too special on the planes). But that sounds rather bland to me.

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I don't think there was a

I don't think there was a record of his first death, else the Anarchists would've simply used the Frat's laws against them and filed a freedom of information inquest of some kind, and the guvners would've been obligated (well, to a degree) to cooperate with that. Even if they had falsified this, in the faction war they would've been caught in their lie and the outrage would be even bigger.

Then again, maybe the anarchists get the phrasing in the request just a tiny tad wrong, and it became a slamdunk for the guvners' loopholers, thus making it legally void, but at the same time confirming that it held a smattering of truth.

The real 'evidence' is pretty slim anyway: he never leaves sigil, just like a petitioner never leaves his home plane, and he was single minded in his pursuits, just like a petitioner would be. Any fratbro worth his salt would poke that kind of fallacy full of holes.

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They left that step vague,

They left that step vague, implying there was some kind of forensic history done of Factol Hashkar's life after he was assassinated by a Xaositects with a grudge released from the Prison during the events of Faction War.

Actually, one of the things I like about Planescape is that petitioners don't realize they are dead for the most part, and that besides their singular focus you can't tell them from normal living folk unless they've taken an obviously non-mortal form, thru some kind of magical detection or divine revelation, or extreme powers of deduction based on knowing the person in life and comparing similar details. The ambiguity and never knowing for sure if someone was a petitioner, planar, prime, or proxy until you got to know them made for some fun roleplaying.

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The 3rd Ed. Planewalker

The 3rd Ed. Planewalker Campaign Setting says the following:
Shortly before the Faction War, though, he was revealed to be a petitioner, with the rumors being his ―faith in life was one for Sigil itself, and he was somehow reborn as a petitioner in the City of Doors!

Rumors --> freedom of information inquest --> forensic study
Sounds like a logical sequence.

I love to include political scandals like this and the related press releases into the game.