OGC:Jawbreakers' War Mask (5e Equipment)
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Jawbreakers' War Mask
Wondrous Item, Very Rare (requires attunement)
While wearing this sturdy bone-and-wood mask, your vision reddens, your mouth tastes of blood, and you are imbued with the indomitable strength and rage of the orcs. You gain the following benefits and powers while wearing the Jawbreakers’ war mask:
- Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light.
- Language of Rage. You can speak, read, and write Orcish as a language.
- Warmonger. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a long rest. In addition, as a bonus action you can move up to your speed toward a hostile creature you can see. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a short or a long rest. Your type is also humanoid (orc) in addition to your current creature type.
Appearance: This half-face mask is made from a sturdy piece of wood, bent and shaped over generations of use. It is stained in blood and adorned with jaw bones. The mask has slits for eyes, but leaves the mouth exposed. It is held in place on the face by a leather strap. The jaw bones are positioned to create the look of an orc’s tusks.
Background: The mask is a cultural artifact of the Jawbreaker Warband, an all-female tribe of orcs made up of orc women who had been ousted from, abandoned by, or exiled from other orc tribes. The Jawbreakers fashioned their own tribe apart from other orcs. While just as brutal and warlike as any other orc warband, this orc matriarchy discarded the tradition of tribes being made up of only orcs and half-orcs. In time their ranks swelled with human, half-elf, and even halfling converts. The Jawbreaker’s war mask was used to grant these converts the enduring strength of their orc sisters.
This mask is currently in the possession of Teela Anklecleaver, a halfling warrior of the Jawbreaker Warband. She currently leads the Jawbreakers after many of their orc sisters were killed or captured in a raid by the Elf Ripper Warband. She seeks to save her captured orc sisters and avenge those that were killed, and may gift the Orc War Mask to adventurers who would help her in this quest.