GM's Toolkit: Secret Keeper's Mask

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Over the last few months, we’ve provided a number of new mechanics in the blog to give Game Masters running Otari-based campaigns a few more tricks to add flavor to the region based on the exploits of the heroes in Liane Merciel’s ongoing novella, The Shroud of Four Silences. We’re getting to the end of that tale, with Chapter 11 going out to our mailing list this week. To avoid spoilers, we’re hiding this week’s GM’s Toolkit entry below—keeping it secret, if you will—for only those who know the true villains at the heart of the story or who don’t mind learning it before reading it for themselves. Make sure you stay on top of future serialized fiction offerings by ensuring your privacy settings allow us to send you marketing emails.

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Norgorber's Many Masks

The evil god Norgorber is unusual in that he maintains many guises. His four aspects are Blackfingers, god of alchemy and poison; the Gray Master, god of thievery; Father Skinsaw, god of ritual murder; and the Reaper of Reputation, god of lies and secrets. His worshipers usually follow just one of these aspects, although the heroes in The Shroud of Four Silences discover something that those cultists dedicated to the worship of all four aspects of Norgorber might create.

Norgorber’s worshipers delight in being as crafty as they are cruel, and they might fashion any number of wicked items to further their sinister plans. Followers of Norgorber might create one of these masks, bearing the aspect of Norgorber they worship.

Secret-Keeper’s Mask — Item 3+

Rare, Divination, Enchantment, Invested, Magical

Usage worn; Bulk
Each of these full-face masks is made of stitched materials—often including humanoid skin—and has a single, bulbous eye. While wearing the mask, you gain a +1 item bonus to Deception checks to Lie and the mask doesn’t impair your vision. The mask can also be activated, with an ability based on its type.

Type Blackfingers; Level 3; Price 60 gp
This featureless mask is made of thin, papery skin. Its single eye is a fragile bubble of venom-filled glass.

Activate [two-actions] Interact (divination); Frequency once per day; Effect You twist the mask’s eye and peer at an object. You know whether the object is poison or has been poisoned, but you don’t learn the number or type of poisons present in the object.

Type Gray Master; Level 5; Price 150 gp
This monochrome mask is made of tattered rags of gray and black cloth and bleached fragments of skin.

Activate [reaction] Interact (illusion, visual); Trigger You succeed on a Thievery check to Steal an item of negligible Bulk; Frequency once per day; Effect You create an illusory duplicate of the item you just stole. This duplicate has the appropriate appearance and weight, but it doesn’t make sounds or generate smells. The illusion vanishes after 10 minutes, or earlier if anyone examines or manipulates the illusory duplicate (such as to try to use it).

Type Father Skinsaw; Level 6; Price 250 gp
This mask is a patchwork of tanned skins, each with a distinctive scar. It is contorted into a caricature of a face with a leering eye.

Activate [reaction] Interact; Trigger You deal persistent bleed damage to a creature; Frequency once per day; Effect The bleeding wound you cause is particularly mutilating. The DC of flat checks to recover from the persistent bleed damage is increased by 2, and the target creature has a –2 status penalty to Deception, Diplomacy, and Performance checks while it is bleeding and for 1 minute after it ceases bleeding.

Type Reaper of Reputation; Level 3; Price 60 gp
This mask is made of gray and black tiles sewn together. It has a messy, inky spiral over the mouth.

Activate [one-action] Interact (auditory, linguistic); Frequency once per day; Effect You touch the mask’s spiral and identify a target creature within 30 feet. For the next 10 minutes, any normal speech you utter can, at your discretion, be inaudible to all creatures except the target creature, who can hear you clearly regardless of ambient sound so long as it is within 1 mile. This ability doesn’t silence magical words, such as the verbal component of spellcasting or commands to activate magic items.

a gruesome mask made of yellowed leather, with one large bulbous orange eye

A mask dedicated to Father Skinsaw, illustration by Israel Maccari Dionisio.

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The story sounded great. I just wish I had been able to read it. I went to my preferences and clicked all the things about receiving things in my email. I never got any stories emailed to me. I just got to read the blogs about how cool the story was. I don't mean this to sound mean towards anyone, but that whole thing was handled poorly. If you're going to have the stories emailed out instead of posted, then make it to where everyone can get the emails.

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Ched Greyfell wrote:
The story sounded great. I just wish I had been able to read it. I went to my preferences and clicked all the things about receiving things in my email. I never got any stories emailed to me. I just got to read the blogs about how cool the story was. I don't mean this to sound mean towards anyone, but that whole thing was handled poorly. If you're going to have the stories emailed out instead of posted, then make it to where everyone can get the emails.

They are working on the bug. It was a bug that was happening to some people but most didn't realize it was happening until now, so it was almost never reported.

This event brought it to the forefront though, and they are doing all they can to fix it. The system behind the site is old and very hard to change, so it might take some time. :(

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

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As Elftheiroh said, this process was meant to incentivize people to sign up for our mailing list, but ended up revealing a disconnect between the privacy settings on paizo.com and our mail service that has taken some time to figure out. While it's not the way we wanted this to go, the influx of people trying to sign up for emails and then not getting them did help us recognize that a problem existed, so it has been beneficial.

As for how to read the story going forward, we will be compiling it into an affordable eBook for folks to read at their leisure, likely within the next few months.

And if we do this again in the future, we'll make sure our site and our email service are speaking to each other before we launch it.

Dark Archive

I was always wondering what was up with Reaper's Mask being thing higher ranking Skinsaw Cultists used :O Though Reaper of Reputation mask doesn't sound completely identical since isn't Reaper's Mask black and white spiral mask that covers entire face? Or maybe I remember that wrong


Blog wrote:
Magic Item Effect:
Each of these full-face masks is made of stitched materials—often including humanoid skin—and has a single, bulbous eye. While wearing the mask, you gain a +1 item bonus to Deception checks to Lie

Snarky Comment:
So a humanoid skin mask with a freaky eye makes your lies more believable? Does it make it more difficult to order an ale at the tavern, or are folks just used to this kind of stuff by now?

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The weekly Thursday email did not arrive for this blog.

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DarkOne the Drow wrote:
The weekly Thursday email did not arrive for this blog.

Uh Oh... Same here... maybe the server crash the other day broke it even more. O_O

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

Our email software continues to send The Shroud of Four Silences to all it thinks have subscribed on Thursday mornings. I can see the latest chapter it sent was Chapter 10 this morning, 1/15. It also sent Chapters 1 through 9 to people in various stages of the cascade. That part of the system is working. Thanks.

This story will be consolidated and made accessible. We are exploring a revised system for the next story.

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Correction: After reviewing the reports with Jim, the Marketing and Licensing VP, we did miss sending Chapter 11 out yesterday and he is following up. We apologize for the delay and thank you for calling it to our attention.


Aaron Shanks wrote:
Correction: After reviewing the reports with Jim, the Marketing and Licensing VP, we did miss sending Chapter 11 out yesterday and he is following up. We apologize for the delay and thank you for calling it to our attention.

Thanks for informing us that the glitch exists for sending the weekly email.

Dark Archive

On sidenote, does this mean Norgorber has one eye or four eyes? ;P

I mean curious about common themes between masks


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The Chapter 11 has arrived in my email box. :)

Dark Archive

Ya, mine too :O

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Can confirm Mine was delivered Saturday too!

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