There is no need for words - let my mask speak.In Dhanû, the mask are symbols of who its wearer are and all they seek to aspire. Elaborate helmets made from metal, Chitin and ivory, the mask speak to the nature of those who wear them. A fearsome beast for a warrior who gives themselves over to fury in battle or the mask of an ancient hero for those who seek virtue. It is an old and honored craft in Dhanû, with strict rules and customs.
Making a Mask
Measure carefully. Another bone like this won't come to the forge anytime soon.Dhanû Masks are crafted to resemble something, typically great beasts or grinning devils. Each one is made unique to the warrior who will wear it, although a few treasured masks are passed down through generations. The most common masks are forged from Chitin or carapace, then reinforced with metal. Horns, tusks and other adornment are stripped from slain monsters to be used on the mask and it is considered especially auspicious if the warrior has themselves felled the beasts that provide the material.
The masks of nobles or wealthy warriors use more rare and valuable material to craft their masks. Some hire the Imaður to hunt for them, potentially making any beast that walks, crawls or flies through Sheoin into potential material. Some use precious metals and even gems to adorn their Masks, though this practice is not common. Most Masks are still worn in battle and such ostentatious displays rarely speak well of the wearer's character. The poorest typically use bones and try to color them with dye. No clan would stand for one of their own lacking a mask and even the destitute are afforded aid to acquire one - at the cost of many obligations.
Wearing The Mask
To wear a mask to a gathering is like bearing a naked blade.The choice of mask is a deeply personal statement that the wearer makes to the world, but interpreting the meaning of the mask is a complicated matter. Warriors who fear their courage might falter wear the mask of fierce beasts to draw from that strength, while others don grinning devils to intimidate foes. They are matters of prestige and personal glory, with a well-kept and beautiful mask speaking well of its owner. The warrior who wears one poorly or in disrepair will find themselves shunned.
Damaged masks are expected to be repaired as soon as possible. To lose one's mask in battle is among the worst shames a Dhanû can endure and sometimes believed that the one who owns it also owns a part of the warrior's soul. When a warrior dies, his mask is left with his family and clan. They are sometimes broken apart and used in pieces to perform the Shikei on their skull
Dhanû A city-state of proud warriors and skilled poets, Dhanû is nestled in the caverns of the Sheoin Region. Theirs is a society bound together by obligations, honor and rowdy kinship. Read More About Dhanû
Too Many MasksWhen the mask is an extension of the self, few trust those who own more than two. Those who do are considered deceptive or lacking in conviction at worst and at a loss for what their true identity is at its most charitable. To be told they own too many masks is a subtle condemnation of characters.
Few things are taboo when it comes to what the mask looks like, though modelling them after other, living people is rarely done except by the most devoted zealots.