Armiger

This is a character concept for an upcoming potential Masks game. The concept is “modern Knight of the Round Table wielding a fragment of Excalibur”.

Armiger (Legacy)

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  • Legacy Name: Armiger
  • Real Name: William Eddison
  • Look: A muscular white man wearing stylish clothing in his civilian identity, a knight hoodie and sword insignia as his costume
  • Abilities: Grail Knight; bearer of an Excaliber fragment (“divine armor, magic weaponry, mythic might”)
  • Labels: Danger +0; Freak +0; Savior +2; Superior +0; Mundane +1

Backstory

  • Who are you? I’m Armiger, Grail Knight, bearer of an Excalibur fragment. That’s “ar-ma-jer”. I assume you know how to say “Excalibur”.
  • When did you officially become a part of your legacy? When I picked up the bloody sword, mate. That was, uh, a couple years ago.
  • What’s the greatest achievement of your legacy? Camelot. Heard of it?
  • How does the public perceive your legacy? The Excalibur wielders have mostly faded from history. They reappear as the Knights Templar in conspiracy stories, for example. They fight evil from the shadows, dealing with demons and sorcerers and stuff. These days, anyone with a big sword just looks like a crazy person, so history hasn’t been kind. But you remember, at least when things get tense. You all remember.
  • How does your legacy tie into your reasons for being a hero? I’m the black sheep of the Grail Knights. None of them respect me, nor think that I can be the one who’ll wake the Sleeping King. Fair enough. Let them hide in the shadows. I’ll be out here, representin’.

Legacy Moves

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I Know What I Am: Once per scene, when you defend a teammate you can shift Savior up and another label down in addition to any other benefits from the move, even on a miss. If you do, add 1 Team to the pool.

Words of the past: When you seek the guidance of one of your elders or a member of your legacy, tell them a problem you face, and ask them a question about the problem. They will answer it honestly, and tell you what to do. Take +1 ongoing if you listen. If you go your own way, mark potential.

Legacy: Your legacy is an important part of Halcyon City. Name the different members of your legacy (at least two): Calavan is retired and quite judgmental. Mordred is the greatest opponent your legacy ever faced…and is still at large.

Whenever time passes, roll + Savior to see how the members of your legacy feel or react to your most recent exploits. Before rolling, ask the other players to answer these questions about your performance. Take -1 to the roll for each “no” answer:

  • have you been upholding the traditions of your legacy?
  • have you maintained the image of your legacy?
  • have you made the other members of your legacy proud?

On a hit, one of them offers you meaningful encouragement, an opportunity, or an advantage. On a 7-9, another is upset with your most recent actions, and will make their displeasure known. On a miss, something you did stirred up the hornet’s nest—expect several members of your legacy to meddle with your life.

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Excalibur

  • “I’m not carrying, like, the real Excalibur. This here’s more like a shadow, or echo, or reflection of the true sword. We call them fragments.”
  • “The sword grows heavy as stone when not wielded, and only lightens for one who’s worthy. “The sword in the stone” story came from that.”
  • “My sword weighs about a hundred pounds. A typical fragment is five to ten pounds. That’s why those idiots think I’m unworthy - because it’s still heavy.”
  • “The sword is unbreakable and has its own magic that nobody fully understands. Generally I just try to parry or cut or stab with it, and things happen on their own.”
  • “One important power is this: “the sword will never leave the wielder’s hands except by their will”. Most wielders think that just means they can call it back to their hand. They can, but I can also call myself to the sword.”
  • “My sword is also heavy. That means getting hit by it really freakin’ hurts. The people who lighten their swords until they can swing them with ease? Those guys don’t understand Excalibur. I’ll tell you the secret. The sword shouldn’t weaken itself to match the wielder. The wielder must grow to match the blade. The king and the land are one. The land isn’t subservient. The king isn’t either. They’re just united. You get it?”

Note: Jeff Seid is the character model.