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Tuesday Magic Item – Ancestral Death Mask

25 September, 2012
Death Mask

Ask me

Oland hated this part of the monthly family ceremony when they went to speak to the ancestors, he fidgeted and tried to keep to the back but his mother spotted him and called him forward.  He dragged his feet but one of the servants propelled him forward.  He stood there, staring at his sandals.

“Tell your grandfather about your problems at school, Oland,” prompted his mother.

Oland stepped up to the row of death masks and whispered in the ear of the mask for his grandfather.

After a moment the mask began to move, a fine rain of dust shaken free.  Its blank eyes opened, and it spoke in a dry voice, “Young Oland, you bear my name, you must stand up for it . . .”

Ancestral Death Mask

These masks are cast from pristine materials soon after death and sacred magics bind an echo of the person’s soul into the mask.  The masks may look fragile but they are very resilient and difficult to destroy.

Once a day, the mask may be asked a question which it will answer if the person making the request is a family member, then the answer will always be truthful, as best the echo can remember and it will give what useful advice it can.  Anyone else, however, will have to convince the mask to answer truthfully, if at all.  Flattery and appeals to emotion tend to work better than threats in most case.

The mask only has access to what the person whom it was cast from knew at the time of their death, though it has a vague ability to learn and remember those who interact with it on a consistent basis.

Aura faint necrourgy; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 5,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, make whole, protection from evil, speak with dead; Cost 2,500

Notes: Inspired by actual death masks and by a suggestion from my lovely wife.  Ancestor worship rarely gets much play in games, sadly.

Photo by Biker Jun and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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