Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
The Ritual of the Invisible Mask
The Ritual of the Invisible Mask, lvl 3
The Thousand Whispers are master shapeshifters. This ritual represents their most basic form of shapeshifting- the ability not to change your shape but to deceive others into believing that you have done so. The vampire performs an elaborate ritual, dressing in a set of garments and a mask which represents a caricature of the identity the vampire wishes to assume. Until the mask is removed, the non-shen who see the vampire will mistake her for the identity she has assumed. Awakened beings are not so easily fooled – they may make a perception + alertness check (diff 6) to penetrate the disguise, and shen using any form of preternatural senses automatically see through the mask.
The rite to assume the identity takes almost an hour and includes a large number of psychological exercises calculated to allow the Wise Centipede to adopt the role more fully. While in her disguise, the vampire does not appear dead (though she may appear ill if yin aspected), but she is still cool to the touch and cannot eat, have sex or otherwise perform mortal activities if she is normally unable to do so. Those beings who penetrate the vampire’s disguise see her for what she is: a vampire in an elaborate costume.
Each identity assumed must be unique: the vampire cannot share clothing and props between the identities. While the vampire has an identity while in costume (meaning if she goes about in her garb night after night, people will recognize her as the same person every night) this rite cannot be used to imitate a specific, actual person who already exists.