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I just created a Level 2 wood elf rogue for a new campaign. We roll for appearance with a d10 and I rolled a 1, so I gave her bad scars on her face. In my mind, she doesn't like how the people look at her when they see her scars.

My problem is that I want to hide her face behind a mask or something without drawing too much attention. Is there an in-game way to do this?

We are playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen and there is a dragonborn fighter, a tiefling druid, and a dwarven paladin in my group.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Why do you want your character to hide her face? \$\endgroup\$ – GreySage Oct 22 '18 at 19:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ in my mind she doesn't like how the people look when they see her scars. \$\endgroup\$ – user49427 Oct 22 '18 at 20:06
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Yes, but it may depend on your setting.

There may be several reasons for someone to wear a mask, other than attempting to hide their identity for suspicious reasons, but you'll need to discuss which are viable with your DM. Here's a few I can think of off the top of my head:

1. Your character is part of (or pretending to be part of) an organized group that keeps their faces covered as part of their beliefs. Ask your DM if there are any such groups in your setting. They may be a religious group or cult, but don't necessarily have to be. Perhaps a famous band of mercenaries or order of knights is well known for always keeping their faces covered to help intimidate their enemies. Your character may have joined one or simply stolen or otherwise acquired a mask similar to the ones worn by such a group. This would offer a simple, believable explanation of why they keep their face covered.

2. Bluff about #1. Maybe there are no groups known for covering their faces in your setting, rendering option 1 invalid. But...if your character claims that such a group exists in a faraway land, people with no knowledge of such distant places might buy it. If you can sell the story and your DM rolls with it as you get to higher levels, people might start recognizing you as a member of a non-existent order that you only made up to explain your mask.

3. Your character is known as an entertainer or artist who never removes their costume. Consider the Entertainer or Charlatan background. Perhaps your character has chosen to hide in plain sight by being more flamboyant, thus attracting positive attention toward their mask. They allow the mask to be seen as only one of an artist's many eccentricities, to the delight (rather than suspicion) of the crowd. When not performing, your character can merely wave off interest and tell people they'll have to wait for the next performance.

4. Be upfront about it. This may not always work, but at least with your adventuring comrades it may be simplest to just tell them why you wear the mask. Have your character let the rest of the party know from the start that they wear it to cover their scars. Your party may be a bit suspicious at first, but once you've covered their backs in combat a few times, they'll probably accept it as a harmless quirk of a reliable comrade.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that if you bluff, your DM may ask you to roll Deception to convince (or some ability check if not directly bluffing.) \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Oct 22 '18 at 19:38
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Well, the traditional methods are a large hooded cloak or a mask. The hood will probably draw less attention, but won't provide as much coverage. But that's all description, there's nothing in the actual rules about this, unless you want to go all the way up to, say, a hat of disguise or other magic item that would actually conceal your true form.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ thx but is there an in game explanation for wearing a mask that is not "i want to hide my face" e.g. is there a god that demands its worshipers to wear a mask? \$\endgroup\$ – user49427 Oct 22 '18 at 19:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @user49427 that would depend on the setting and the region. Do you have an idea as to what gods exist in the world? \$\endgroup\$ – David Coffron Oct 22 '18 at 19:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I only know that the campaign is called "hoard of the dragon queen" \$\endgroup\$ – user49427 Oct 22 '18 at 19:32

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