Paper Faces on Parade

I wish I’d thought of this for the Profane Rites of Necromancy collection I posted at the end of October.


Yesterday, over on Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque,  Jack treated everyone to a very twisted interpretation of a classic Beatles song.  I quickly scratched out this devious rite for the Witch Hunter game.  It seems to fit best with the Necromancy tradition, but I gave it to Diabolists as well so they could share in the fun.

MASQUERADE (Villainous)
Tradition: Diabolism, Necromancy
Mastery: 5
Time: 1 day/1 rd
Duration: 1 day
Strain: 1
Damnation: 2/6

Description: The sorcerer strips the face from the skull of a freshly dead corpse and preserves it in a foul alchemical mixture.  A sorcerous tradition roll is required and the tissue is preserved for 1 year plus 1 for each success rolled.  The mixture ferments the flesh and imbues it with magical qualities.  Thereafter, by placing the preserved flesh over her own face, the sorceress is able to magically assume the physical likeness of the victim.  The mask affixes itself seamlessly to the sorcerer for the duration of the rite, after which the enchantment is spent and the tissue rots away.  The sorcerer may remove the mask prior to its expiration, after which it may be preserved but may not be used again until it has fermented for one full day.

The magical glamour affects physical appearance only, not the voice, personality traits, or other characteristics.  The glamour would not replicate the victim’s limp, for instance, but would appear to alter height, weight, even age.  The glamour may be penetrated by any other rite or device that allows the sorcerer to peer beyond the material world (ie. Awakening, Diagram of Insight, et al.).

  • Boost: Increase the rite’s Mastery by 1 to extend the duration by 1 day.
  • Boost: Increase the Mastery by 2 and the Strain by 1 to cloak the sorcerer’s aura and make the wearer of the mask indistinguishable, even through magical means.
  • Boost: Increase the Mastery by 2; the flesh is stripped from the skull of a living victim.  Any damage done to the sorcerer wearing the mask is split between himself and the victim.  If the victim dies, the mask continues to function normally as described above.

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