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    Just an idle thought, but it would make a lot of sense for ChroD PCs to wear masks when they're "on the job", given the highly illegal stuff they often get up to. Not only is it functional, it's also fashionable, and I love it when a horror movie trope has a practical reason to exist.

    So, has anyone done this in a Chronicle or considered it? And wouldnt it be cool if the character's mask started picking up some sort of supernatural resonance after all the stuff the character has worn it through? I feel like certain types of objects are more likely than others to pick up enough magic to become Relics, and masks are probably one of them, given how much symbolic resonance is attached to them.

    And what kind of mask would your character wear? A luchador mask? A hockey mask? A Nixon mask? An enchanted Nixon mask is a pretty scary proposition.

    And I swear I had this idea before I read Tokyo Ghoul, though it and Dorohedoro are excellent sources of mask designs.

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    Mask wear has been a standard practice in my games since...well, ever. and there's often various sub-cultural practices and expectations that arise around them.


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    • #3
      Tokyo Ghoul and Dorohedoro are interesting in that they don't just provide designs but cultural contexts for their masks. There're even scenes in both where characters visit professional mask-makers.

      It's making me think of Payday, too. I've heard that game described as the best Werewolf: The Forsaken game ever.

      Something else that horror movies and anime have taught me: black rubber/leather bodysuits look great. Black rubber is good for a vampire, because it's easy to clean and it doesn't matter that it doesn't breathe well.

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      • #4
        That's kinda the guardians of the Vail's bag in awakening. They have like 60 different ones or something.

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        • #5
          Kinda funny, since Mages probably need masks the least, what with all those invisibility and mind-altering and shapeshifting powers they have. Mortal PCs and Hunters probably need them both, just so the cops don't find out what they look like.

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          • #6
            Oh the guardians masks do more then just hide faces, some of them are different cover personalities all together. After all why go through all the trouble of having to sustain a spell when you can have an object just do it for you.

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            • #7
              I have an example Mummy cult that's definitely the Payday gang with Iremite Hotline Miami masks.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by atamajakki View Post
                I have an example Mummy cult that's definitely the Payday gang with Iremite Hotline Miami masks.
                That sounds awesome. We need more Mummy gangs.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post
                  Tokyo Ghoul and Dorohedoro are interesting in that they don't just provide designs but cultural contexts for their masks. There're even scenes in both where characters visit professional mask-makers.

                  It's making me think of Payday, too. I've heard that game described as the best Werewolf: The Forsaken game ever.

                  Something else that horror movies and anime have taught me: black rubber/leather bodysuits look great. Black rubber is good for a vampire, because it's easy to clean and it doesn't matter that it doesn't breathe well.
                  It really is the best werewolf the forsaken game, the character classes match with the auspices pretty well in terms of party role. The masks in that view on the game aren't so much fetishes as they are meant to represent the renown of a member of the Lodge of Crime.net, since many of them are achievement awards for doing actions in a particular heist or for reaching a certain rank. The elephant and the dentist are clearly GM demons using the payday pack for their own ends (the golden grin casino heist is basically the pack stealing the lynchpin from a GM infrastructure in Vegas) Locke is a rouge Praetorian seer who now only serves himself, with the pack helping him on those goals.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post
                    And wouldnt it be cool if the character's mask started picking up some sort of supernatural resonance after all the stuff the character has worn it through? I feel like certain types of objects are more likely than others to pick up enough magic to become Relics, and masks are probably one of them, given how much symbolic resonance is attached to them.
                    That's pretty much exactly how the Relic called Mask of Terror occurs. Always a fun one.

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                    • #11
                      Well, I've write two Hunter orgs who use masks as part of their Endowment- the Nemontemi are a supernatural lineage touched by the Abyss which come from the time of the Aztec Empire, and their masks both grant them certain powers and protect their sanity while on Vigil. The Theater of Tragedies are a new incarnation of an ancient cult who use masks as a focus of alternative personality, which protects while they make pacts with demons and similar beings for power.


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                      • #12
                        Masks tend to gain more attention than necessary. The only characters I've had who used them were a cell of hunters and it was only something they did during times of action for protection and to conceal their identities.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by nofather View Post
                          Masks tend to gain more attention than necessary. The only characters I've had who used them were a cell of hunters and it was only something they did during times of action for protection and to conceal their identities.
                          Well, yeah. I don't mean using them as everyday wear, but when you're running around at night with machetes and shotguns, as ChroD characters have an uncanny tendency to end up doing, it's better to do it with a balaclava than with your face uncovered and offered up to any cameras that might catch you.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post
                            Kinda funny, since Mages probably need masks the least, what with all those invisibility and mind-altering and shapeshifting powers they have. Mortal PCs and Hunters probably need them both, just so the cops don't find out what they look like.
                            "Mages do it for the symbolism in it."
                            -ManusDomine said, describing the #1 reason for Mages to do anything, including going to the toilet.

                            But yeah, any halfway competent Mage won't actually need a mask:

                            Death: Shape Ephemera, Without A Trace, Ghost Gate and Shadow Sculpting, lol.
                            Fate: "Nonononono, you didn't see me there, by coincidence a paper blocked my face while falling from... somewhere."
                            Forces: Look, either I'm invisible, or you're blind, how do you want me to do this.
                            Life: "Look, I can become a fucking dog by focusing really hard on it. Why do we have to do this again?"
                            Matter: something something all clothing made of matter something something Machine Invisibility.
                            Mind: [AGENT SMITH INTENSIFIES.]
                            Prime: You just veil the truth and become Not!You.
                            Space: amechra can spend hours describing the wonders of Space.
                            Spirit: See: Death, change flavor to Spirit-y effects.
                            Time: Dip into other Arcana I guess? Either that or spam Shifting Sands whenever someone sneezes in your general direction, choose decision based on your hatred of your Storyteller.
                            Last edited by ManusDomine; 09-16-2016, 03:48 AM.


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                            • #15
                              One of the Cabals in my NYC campaign all wear masks constantly. There are a few reasons (they're Imbued, for one) but also because they often impersonate each other for brief periods of time, mostly to keep people from knowing when they aren't around/in the city (in my setting, NYC is. . .locked down).

                              But yeah, masks are awesome. Even just a balaclava. As a Mage, too, because spell slots are very, very precious to me.

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