Tomes and Masks
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Tomes

Basics of Tomes
'Tomes are powerful, special artifacts that are necessary for a Persona user to focus and manage their powers. They are large, heavy leather-bound books with a white crystal engraving of a tree on every front cover, the top branches entangling with a mask; the mask's look is unique to the user. The pages are thick and creamy coloured, and are made from the bark of Sophia, the Tree of Knowledge herself. The Tomes cannot be destroyed, nor can they be written upon with pens, paints, pencils, blood… it merely vanishes. They are invisible to normal people- only ghosts, Persona users or Shadows can see them.
The Tomes are each attuned to one person- a Persona User. Only that person can open their Tome. The Tome responds to a person's thoughts, meaning it can be moved or opened telekinetically. The Tomes will remain within 5 metres of their owner at all times, even if put under lock and key (they simply teleport out), unless the owner commands them to stay, or the Tome is taken and physically held by another Persona User. If the Tomes are held outside of these 5 metres, they cannot be used and do not respond to any commands as it is too far away.
The Tomes have many powers attuned to the secret world to which Personae and Shadows belong, and it is where a Persona user stores the Persona they intend to use. In fact, it is through Tomes that Persona users evoke their Persona, opening the Tomes to a certain page- where their Persona is illustrated in a golden frame- and issuing a mental command to come forth.
Tomes cannot be damaged by most methods. Burning, tearing or shooting them only sees the damage erased in less than half a second.
Tomes can act as automatic diaries, where they will transcribe your conscious thoughts, words, actions, what you see and hear.
Tomes in the Waking World
In the Waking World, Tomes change appearance. Instead of appearing like heavy-looking books they become slim Smartphones with the crystal tree and mask on the back of the case.
These can do all the things a normal Smartphone can do. They also come with free, quick access to the internet.
'Smarttomes' can do anything a Tome can usually do, although the aesthetic has changed- instead of flipping to a certain page, accessing a Persona might be done with a unique app instead.

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Masks

Basics of Masks
All Persona users have a mask. The mask is unique to the user, but it usually covers the eyes and top half of the face.
Masks appear whenever a Persona user has a Persona active. Whilst wearing the mask the user is protected from many of the effects of Chaotic Miasma.
A Persona user's mask is like a calling card or emblem, and is strongly associated with both them and their Persona.
Furthermore, the mask also distorts the user's appearance in the minds of those who don't know them to be Persona users, 'smoothing' away many of the details that might identify them. Thus in this way, a Persona user can risk using their powers in the Waking World without being identified easily. That said, very overt details may be impossible to hide.
If a Persona user's Persona is defeated, their mask- and its effects- vanish until they activate another Persona.

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