OGC:Stoneborn Death Mask (5e Equipment)
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Stoneborn Death Mask
Wondrous Item, Very Rare (requires attunement)
While wearing this mask you feel implacable and hardy, imbued with the deep knowledge of stone innate to dwarves. You gain the following benefits and powers while wearing the stoneborn death 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 Stone. You can speak, read, and write Dwarvish.
- Knowledge of Stone. Whenever you make an Intelligence (History) check related to the origin of stonework, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus. Your type is also humanoid (dwarf) in addition to your current creature type.
Appearance: This full head mask is made of cast iron, with dwarven features and a braided beard design. It fits over the head in two pieces like a knight’s helmet, clasping shut at the sides. Its eyes are slits, but its mouth is a gaping maw of teeth, exposing the wearer’s mouth.
Background: These masks was made as funerary coverings for ancient dwarven warriors. The dwarves feared that their greatest and most powerful warriors in life might turn against them in death. This mask was made to weigh down the heads of these warrior dwarves (where their soul is believed to reside) to keep them still if their souls ever became restless or undead. As centuries passed, these masks absorbed much from the dwarves they were fitted on, slowly becoming magical.
As dwarf empires and enclaves fell to ruin, their burial sites were plundered and the death masks stolen by other races. Now, these masks can be found in museums, among the goods of dwarven antiquity dealers, while some still remain on the faces of dead dwarven warriors in ancient tombs and crypts.