The Watcher of the Mists
Mask worn by cult leader Ironbriar
Aura moderate enchantment, faint evil; CL 7th
Slot head; Price 12,000 gp; Weight 2 lbs
This disturbing mask appears as a single long strip of pliant, supple leather, stitched into a widening spiral by black thread. Gaps between the stitching allow the wearer to see and breathe through the unsettling mask. Like the similar skinsaw mask, this item heightens the wearer’s senses by making him hyper-aware of the fear of others. It also fills the wearer’s mind with thoughts of murder and violence. The wearer gains a +2 circumstance bonus on Perception and Sense Motive checks against creatures not immune to fear. It also grants a +2 damage bonus on attacks made with a slashing weapon. Additionally, the wearer can cause the spiral of the mask to appear to rotate twice per day, which causes a confusion effect, as the spell. Wearing a reaper’s mask causes mental damage: putting it on causes 1 point of Charisma damage, and the wearer takes 1 additional point of Charisma damage every hour he wears the mask.
Requirements: Craft Wondrous Item, confusion, deathwatch; Cost: 6000 gp
Much like the similar skinsaw mask, this item enhances the wearer’s senses via the fear of others. The wearer can smell the cold sweat brought on by terror, and hear the thunderous beating of a frightened heart. The mask also makes fresh blood appear to glow brightly, to the extent that the wearer can see the shimmering traceries of blood circulating in the bodies of living creatures. The longer the mask is worn, the more the wearer’s thoughts become tangled with images of murder projected into the wearer’s mind.
The Sandpoint Heroes encountered the leader of the Skinsaw Cult wearing this item in the Seven’s Sawmill in Magnimar on 20 Lamashan 4707. After the cultist leader was slain, he was revealed to be Justice Ironbriar.
Status: This item was sold to the Temple of Iomedae in Magnimar, which buys evil items to keep them off the open market.