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Preachers mask by Sharpener Preachers mask by Sharpener
Leather mask used by the ten decipals of sorcery in house Zau Nihl'lu'szin, with the purpouse of conceling the ten individual's faces as they get stripped of their identities at the beginning of their training. This to ensure that no one, noble or common shall be favourized by the masters and the house family and therefor have greater chances of advancing in rank.

All ten decipalswear the same clothing armor (light) and weapons to equalize them in every test and trial. If any of the 10 fortell of their identities, or even hints about it gravely enough for an outsider to recognize them they are cast out of their house.
Off course this has a great impact on the individuals and their personalities, as they must erase all ways ofbeing to seem as faceless and anonomous as possible.

Such rules offcourse invite for others to take a shot at identifying them, to either have them cast out (for leverage in sorcery ) or blackmailing.


Design was based on a mix between a kind of evil pope-hat and a armored mardi-gras:P Open mouthed can be tricky as it shows more of the face than a closed one would offcourse, and make it easier to identifye the bearer, but as alot of the drow spellcasting is done merely by lipsyncing the words it had to show the lips moving (cause the clerics of Lolth has to wittness them doing it in order to grant the spell power) so it was a price to pay in the design.
Alot of drow runes engraved all around (mostly on the inside though as the mages themselves engrave their own favourite spells, and do not want to have their cover blown showing personal facts all over their faces:P)
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Augra Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Would it be possible to commission a similar mask?
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Sharpener Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Selling this exact copy!" Used one evening on one larp and has undergone no fights=) Note me if interested!
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Augra Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Hoping it's still for sale! I can send payment in ASAP - I have your Paypal address, but because I haven't heard anything back yet I didn't want to go ahead and send the money, just in case. This is still my dream costume item. :)
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Augra Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Sent! :)
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laraisobel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
amazing powerful piece, reminds me a bit of the rings wrathes from LOTR. beautiful work, would be a special experience wearing this! love all the thought that has gone into it.
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yowamusitunasarada Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Oh, a fellow larper, YAY ^^. Anyway, this mask is absolutely superb, really great work there!
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zeppeus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awsome piece, Gratz!
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spiderlord Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
really good work, that's amazing!
Do you sell your masks?
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Sharpener Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not replicas, no=( I take commissions on new designs though
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:iconmask-making-artisans:
Wow, this is amazing!!

-I love the Drow story line addition. Great job!!!:D

~Sphinx :iconemasqueradegallery:
Comm. Mod.
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