Beyond The Shore
Mask of Demogorgon
A red earthenware mask of a baboon's head.
Found in an ancient simian-themed temple on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana in New Zealand, this beautiful red stoneware mask depicts the head of a baboon, with wing-like tufts of fur spreading out from the sides of the head, reaching a full fourteen inches in width. Holes exist for the eyes and nose, and smaller holes to the side allow the mask to be tied on with string or cord. Believed to be one of the sixteen Masks of the Demon Prince foretold in the appendixes of the Demonologia Sexualis, the mask radiates a powerful aura of Transmutation magic.
As an immediate action, anyone wearing the Mask of Demogorgon can force any simian creature (including humans, but not half-humans or fae) attacking them to make a Will save (DC 19) or be unable to follow through with the attack. If the save fails, the attacking creature immediately ceases, losing the remainder of its action for that round, and cannot attack the wearer of the mask for 1 minute. During this time, the affected simian will ignore the mask wearer as if he were invisible.
In addition, once per day, the wearer of the mask can unleash an unearthly howl. All creatures within 30 feet of the mask’s wearer who are able to hear the howl must make a Fortitude save (DC 19) or be instantly transformed into baboons as per the spell baleful polymorph. This is a sonic, transmutation, polymorph effect. As with baleful polymorph, the transformation is permanent until dispelled.
Each time the mask’s howl is used, there is a cumulative 1% chance that it attracts the attention of a Devil, Demon, Angel, Saint, or Petty God of power roughly equal to the wearer seeking to expand its portfolio. The attracted being moves at its best possible speed in the direction of the wearer with the sole intent of appropriating the mask.
Any divine being able to grant spells who gains possession of the mask will be able to grant power to one additional cleric, and adds the Monkey domain to its list of available domains granted. If given the mask willingly, the being is likely to be very grateful.