The Black Mask Society
"We are Mask. Not a leaf falls without our permission. Not a single gold coin escapes our claws. Not a single life is without monetary value." - Anonymous note left for the Representative of Police in Revellon
Due to the secrecy of the syndicate, its inner workings are unknown to the general public and governments of Targonia. However, the supposed "leader" of this guild acts under the name of Shadowkeeper; whether that's a callsign, a title or just a word is unknown. What little information is known about the BMS often dies with its members when captured, willing to rather die keeping the secret then stay alive and spill information.
While no official declaration of agenda has ever come forth from the Shadowkeeper or the Black Mask Society in general, the generally-accepted theory is that they are working towards destabilizing the governments and institutions that hinder their operations, mostly in an attempt to guarantee that there's always goods to be stolen and citizens to be robbed.
The Black Mask Society is the leading cause of illicit item creation and trade, like poisons, traps, cloaks and magic items. The full extent of the BMS's assets is unknown, but it is safe to assume Shadowkeeper has amassed a great collection of wealth, access to a private coalition of thieves, robbers, and mercenaries, as well as illicit items used in the underground.
It is rumored that the Black Mask Society can trace its origins long before the formation of Targonia was ever conceived, making it possibly one of the oldest thieve syndicates in all of Targonia, and possibly just the older faction in history. Proof of such claims stem from the god Mask, the god of thievery, who is known to be one of the original 50 gods that created the Material Plane, and it would seem possible that Mask's influence could be felt no matter what pretense of gender, race or geography the other gods' used in their creations. After the formation of Targonia, the Black Mask Society was officially coined by the scholar Armakere Willowshadow in 23 AFT, believing that Maskers infrequently meet up and discuss plans of action like most of the other factions, forming its own "society", uninformed with the iconic black mask that the god is sometimes depicted. It was also by Armakere that coined the terms used by Maskers to identify the lead boss, who has changed over the centuries, from "Harbinger" in 23 AFT, to "Wraithwalker" in 1107 AFT, and finally "Shadowkeeper" in 1391 AFT, which is still currently used to this day.
- Founding Date
- 23 AFT
- Illicit, Syndicate
- Alternative Names
- The Black Syndicate