The Mask of Lust | Seven Deadly Sins Artifacts

This request comes from one of my Patrons. Here’s what he requested:

“Would love to see what magical cursed items under the theme of the seven deadly sins. I’m running a campaign that each sin is a mini-boss (or ally) and me and my players are having a great time with it.”

Sounds awesome! With Infinity War still on the brain, I got the idea that maybe one person can hold all seven deadly sins artifacts at once. Of course, they would have to be attuned, but the artifact of avarice would allow you to attune to the full set.

Anyways, I kicked things off with wrath. I knew that I wanted it to be a weapon, and honestly, I couldn’t think of anything more wrathful than a hammer.

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Mask of Lust

Wondrous item, artifact (requires attunement)

The Mask of Lust was crafted by none other than the Demon Prince of Undead, Orcus. It was given to his greatest worshippers as a powerful tool to control mortals. It oozes charm, driving onlookers mad with emotion, particularly lust. Some have confused its powers with that of Wrath or Envy, believing that the anger derived from unfulfilled desire could only be a byproduct of those artifacts.

Since its creation, the Mask of Lust has frequently been found in the hands of powerful liches, typically in long, multi-century stints. Those who have secured its power are often surrounded by throngs of bewitched, semi-or-fully nude servants, anxiously pawing at the feet of the mask’s master. Aggressive orgies are common in its presence.

Like the other Seven Deadly Sins artifacts, the mask is cursed. It slowly drains away at the user’s natural beauty and sense of self until nothing is left but a catatonic, horrific mess of a creature. Only when its owner wears the mask are they immune to this debilitating condition.

Random Properties. The Mask of Lust has the following random properties:

  • 3 minor beneficial properties
  • 2 minor detrimental properties
  • 2 major detrimental properties

Adjusted Ability Scores. If you are attuned to the mask and wearing it, your Charisma score increases by 4 to a maximum of 24.

Subjective Beauty. If you are attuned to the mask and wearing it, you appear as the object of another creature’s desire. The mask makes you–including your clothing armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person–look different to the viewer. You can seem 1 foot shorter or taller and can appear thin, fat, or in between. You can’t change your body type, so your appearance must adopt a form that has the same basic arrangement of limbs, but you can appear male or female as needed. While appearing this way, you have advantage on all Charisma ability check made against a creature that sees you as an object of its desire. Any creature that interacts with you or discusses your appearance with a creature that sees you differently must make a Wisdom saving throw (save DC 18). On a failed saving throw, the creature disbelieves the evidence and continues to see you as an object of its desire. On a success, the creature sees you for what you truly are.

Enthralling Visage. If you are attuned to the mask and wearing it, any creature that can see you must make a Wisdom saving throw (save DC 18). On a failed saving throw, the creature is charmed by you. While charmed in this way, the target idolizes you, it speaks glowingly of you to anyone who talks to it, and it hinders anyone who opposes you, although it avoids violence unless it was already inclined to fight on your behalf. The target can repeat its saving throw in 1 hour, if you attack it, or it witnesses you attacking or damaging any of its allies. If a target succeeds on its saving throw, the target has no hint that you tried to charm it. A creature that succeeds on its saving throw or the effect ends for it is immune to this effect for the next 24 hours.

Command the Lustful. While you are attuned to the mask and wearing it, you can use an action to cast the dominate monster spell on a charmed target (save DC 18). If the target succeeds on its saving throw, it is no longer charmed by you. You can’t use this property again until the next dawn.

Cursed. The mask bears a curse that affects you when you are not wearing it. Whenever you are not wearing the mask, your features begin to wither and fade, turning ghastly, and you begin to lose your sense of self. For each hour that you are not wearing the mask, you must make a Charisma saving throw (DC 18). On a successful saving throw, you take 2d8 necrotic damage. On a failed save, your Charisma is permanently reduced by 1 whenever you are not wearing the mask. You become catatonic if this reduces your Charisma to 0. If you place the mask back on, your Charisma score returns to its normal adjusted value but only while wearing the mask. Your Charisma score when not wearing the mask can only be restored with a wish spell or similar magic.

Destroying the Mask. Some believe that as long as lust exists in the multiverse, the Mask of Lust cannot be destroyed. However, if a solar should sacrifice itself in the presence of the mask, it can use its dying wish to destroy the mask. Unfortunately, as long as lust exists in the multiverse, the mask reforms 1d10 x 10 years later. If all lust in the multiverse is wiped out, the mask dissipates into a fragrant smoke and vanishes.

Thanks for reading!

Big shout out to my Patron, Jesse, who came up with this idea. Next up, I’ll be creating the Skull of Envy which should be fun. Haha!

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See you then.

Art by Dmitriy Kazimirov.

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