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Masquerade of Liars
The Masquerade of Liars is a Halloween-themed seasonal event. It first ran from October 29th to November 4th, 2013. It returned for a second run from October 30th to November 3rd, 2014, and for a third run from October 29th to November 4th, 2015.
Come to Protector's Enclave and hun for Liar's Charms to trade with wandering illusionists for Masquerade Tokens used in the Event Store. Liar's Charms will also drop randomly from defeating monsters near you in level.
Masquerade Master[edit | edit source]
- Trade of Treats (repeatable)
- Lore of Liars (repeatable) (can be completed a total of five times)
- Gathering Lies (repeatable) (unlocked each day after Lore of Liars and Trade of Treats are completed, abandoned, or unavailable)
Currencies & Tokens[edit | edit source]
- [Masquerade Token]: Trade with the Masquerade Vendor for event rewards.
- [Liar's Charm]: Trade with Masquerade Illusionists for a [Bag of Illusionist's Treats].
Masquerade Vendor[edit | edit source]
- Available when your [Illusionist's Mask] Artifact is of Rare quality
Masquerade Loremaster[edit | edit source]
The Masquerade of Liars is a festival of frivolity and misrule. It celebrates costumes, treats, and the freedom of appearing to be someone or something you're not. Illusionists wander the streets and entertain the crowds with phantasmal transformations, appearing as monsters and notables to the delight of all.
Heroic Adventurers can participate further by gathering Liar's Charms in their adventures to exchange for Masquerade Tokens, which can be used to purchase special items from the Masquerade's store, located on the event podium in Protector's Enclave.
The Masquerade Master promises that this new yearly festival will grow every time it's held, and appears to have Lord Neverember's full support.
Second Lore of Liars:
One popular theory is that Neverember is using the Masquerade of Liars as a way to relieve some of the tensions the city of Neverwinter has faced in the last few years. Between attacks from orcs and the undead, many of the city's citizens need a chance to laugh at their fears. Seeing illusionary duplicates of the city's foes and notables acting like fools helps to relieve some of these built up anxieties.
Those with a lower opinion of Lord Neverember see the Masquerade as a grand distraction, meant to divert attention from the real threats facing the city. Some even charge the real purpose of it is to help prop up Lord Neverember's claim and hide the mistakes made during his rule.
Other theories run the gamut, from the Masquerade being a Thayan conspiracy to it being a cover allowing the Masked Lords of Waterdeep to judge Neverember's progress while remaining incognito. Many of these theories focus on groundless rumors about the Masquerade Master, and they claim he exerts all sorts of extraordinary influence.
Third Lore of Liars:
The mysterious Masquerade Master and his staff form the backbone of the Masquerade's organization. They are the ones who have commissioned the Liar's Charms, paid alchemists for potions, and carved pumpkins by the cartload. Those who've seen the Masquerade Master in action say he must have run a large organization before, adding fuel to the rumor that he's actually one of Waterdeep's Masked Lords here to check in on Lord Neverember.
The Illusionists of Neverwinter's recently re-opened College of Magic have provided all of the spells and phantasms for the festival. It's rumored they were spurred to volunteer their help based on stories about what the College's School of Evocation and the School of Transmutation are planning for the upcoming Midwinter festivities.
One question no one has been able to answer is how exactly the Masquerade Master managed to hide Liar's Charms all across the Sword Coast. Some say it would take an army of skilled thieves to do so, but such ludicrous notions are considered mere fancy by most.
Fourth Lore of Liars:
During Liars' Night, folk of all walks of life don mundane or illusionary costumes to disguise themselves and play at being other than what they are. People also carve faces onto hollowed-out pumpkins to represent the person donning a mask, then place a lighted candle inside to represent the truth of their soul. By tradition, lies told and embarrassing things done while the candle is list don't count against a person, and misfortune is supposed to come to anyone who intentionally blows out someone's candle or smashes their pumpkin.
Before the Spellplague, spells of illusion were very common during Liar's Night, and often the streets would be filled with illusionists performing for crowds of revelers. This tradition is slowly returning as the horrors of the Spellplague fade from memory. However, many towns are still cautious about allowing mages of any sort to perform publically, so wealthy folk have begun to schedule private illusion shows for their distinguished guests.
Tricks and pranks of all sorts are common on this night, and folk expect lies and foolishness. By custom no deals are made nor contracts signed during the day of Liars' Night, as no one trusts that both parties will abide by them. Pickpocketing used to be common during Liars' Night, so few folk carry much money with them. Instead, people fill their pockets and belt pouches with candles and treats. Traditionally, pick pockets are supposed to take the candy and leave a token in return, but this has translated over the years into people exchanging candies.
Fifth Lore of Liars:
Mask required his worshippers to steal and deceive, preferably both at once, and allowed them to keep all that they gained save for a tithe to his church as Mask's tenants were that wealth was for those who could take it. The only proscriptions Mask had for his followers was to avoid politics, insisting instead that they deceive and swindle on a more personal level.
The Clergy of Mask were known as Darkfingers or "Darks", and the brotherhood of Mask's followers were called the Circle of the Gray Ribbon. Mask's clergy often exhorted his worshippers to bigger and bolder acts of thievery and deceit, eschewing cut-purse work for stealing fine jewels, loaded coaches, or even entire merchant ships. Mask looked with special favor on those who managed both to steal and deceive at the same time, such as forgers and mountebanks of all kinds.
Mask's powers waned in the years preceding the Spellplague. It was said he lost some of his powers to Cyric, and that he betrayed and slew his ally Leira, goddess of illusion and deceit. After several more defeats and injuries, in 1374 DR Mask relinquished his divinity, life, and powers to the Goddess Shar who claimed he was but her herald. Some elements of his power were also claimed by the Arch-Devil Mephistopheles and one of the princes of the Shadovar.
Despite this, rumors abound that Mask may return some day. After all, what greater trick could the god of thieves play than convince everyone of his death?
Masquerade Illusionists[edit | edit source]
Found throughout Protector's Enclave, Masquerade Illusionists give 1 [Bag of Illusionist's Treats] in exchange for 1 [Liar's Charm], but only one at a time. Some of the illusionists patrol, and some are stationary.
- on the stage inside the Moonstone Mask
- outside the Moonstone Mask (-49, 646)
- in front of Lord Neverember (952, 1289)
- west of the stairs up to the invocation altar (863, 873)
- in the alley west of the Reward Claims Agent (776, 1077)
- north of market (809, 458)
- south of market (580, 279)
- outside Tower of Alteration (958, 269)
- west of market (580, 413)
- east of bank (797, 616)
- north of mount vendor (1002, 528)
- southeast of market (725, 180)
- southwest of market (471, 379)
Pumpkins[edit | edit source]
Scattered throughout Protector's Enclave are lootable pumpkins. Characters must have fewer than 5 Liar's Charms in their inventory to loot a pumpkin. Pumpkins contain Liar's Charms and occasionally drop the temporary fashion masks from the Masquerade Vendor.
Achievements[edit | edit source]
- Mask Witness  - acquired by witnessing a Masquerade Illusionist take on the appearance of the god Mask. However, the achievement's exact requirements imply that you also need to talk to the Illusionist, which mean you need to have at least 1 charm in your inventory at this moment.
The Mask is an all black figure with glowing green eyes. You can see this costume on the Masquerade Loremaster, but he does not count for the achievement.
Zen Market[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Neverwinter Halloween Event Preview http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/1002710
- Neverwinter Event: Masquerade of Liars http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/1002610
- Event Preview: Masquerade of Liars http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/9001983
- Masquerade of Liars Now Live http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/9002953
- The Masquerade of Liars Returns! http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/9618633