Mask Avatars
As an initiate into the Labyrinthine Unreal metaverse, the player will need to mask up to enter the strange corridors of the metaversal future.
Mask avatars are a major component of the Labyrinthine Unreal world. Their designs and meanings are informed by historical masks and their uses around the world, from African Guro dance and Dan tribal masks of the Ivory Coast to Japanese Samurai or Oni Demon masks to those used in the Day of the Dead rituals (Dia de los Muertos) in South America or the strikingly colorful and frisky Venetian carnival masks. Masks are the player’s ticket into the early stages of the game and each one holds a unique digital fingerprint to unlock specific areas of the Labyrinth.

Mask rarity and abilities

When players mint an Initiation Mask in Labyrinthine Unreal, they are randomly assigned one from a pool of 7,110 variations. This system works in a "blind box" fashion, and players may choose to enter multiple times in the hope of acquiring rarer masks with particular abilities and privileges. Each mask is a unique item with its own rarity, lore, and in-game properties. Some areas of the Labyrinth will only be accessible to owners of particular Initiation Masks, and some Masks will grant their owners unique powers and abilities within the game-world (see Assets). The Labyrinthine Unreal community will sometimes be forced to work together to unlock the vast potential of these genesis assets, discovering a multi-layered tapestry of rival factions, counter-counter-conspiracies and diabolical minigames of all kinds.
Through the use of 3D printing, players can also summon their virtual masks into physical reality. When the boundaries of Labyrinthine Unreal blur with our own, it might be necessary for players to equip an Initiation Mask and follow the Labyrinth’s mysteries into the world of flesh and concrete…

Sigils

Initiation Masks are imprinted with one of sixteen possible sigil combinations. This unique branding will partially determine how the player wearing the mask can advance through the Labyrinth's central chambers and, most importantly, which sections will be more accessible from the start of the game. To gain full access to the Labyrinth’s passages while avoiding some of its most treacherous areas, a player would require a number of masks, thus collecting all possible sigil combinations. But there is one mysterious mask that does not bear any sigil: the ultra-rare Siena Jolly.

The Siena Jolly Mask

The Siena Jolly Mask will be our only 1/1 production, wholly unique, with no variations. According to one legend, the mask of Siena Jolly was manufactured in a virtual Venice by the famed neurodivergent computer, 1XB7-1, for the ritual purpose of labyrinth-questing whilst firmly concealing its wearer's identity, biofeedback traces, and social status. The sigil-less Siena Jolly mask grants the wearer access to most of the Labyrinth’s pathways and starting sections, making it a valuable addition to any explorer’s arsenal.
Siena Jolly

Other Mask Variations

Variations of the Venetian Gatto (or “cat”) Masks will be one of the rarer collections to be minted. However, for those still pining for a cat mask, our Mesoamerican Gato de la Muerte (or “Cat of Death”) Mask will be more abundant and, therefore, stands a better chance of finding its way into the players' possession. While there are many other eclectic guises in our Venetian and Mesoamerican categories, additional masks take inspiration from Native American, African, and Japanese traditions.

Lore and Culture

While the masks have their origins in real-life morphologies and cultural significances, they have undergone an occult process of de-and-re-identification under the influence of Labyrinthine Unreal—introducing a simultaneously dissociative and re-associative state of existence, altered by the maze’s weird symmetries. The symbol changes, and the symbol remains the same.

A Story Unfolds

Descriptive, item-related lore is a major component to Labyrinthine Unreal’s approach to world-building - these masks contain secrets. While the particulars of the game’s theory-fiction backstory are just one of its many intricate mysteries, each mask will help attentive players to piece together the overall puzzle. What role will you, The Initiate, embrace and develop during this most curious of journeys? Your mask is talking. What can it tell you?

Deep in the Labyrinth, the Masquerade is Only Beginning

What is a masquerade without a mask? Every worthy Initiate knows it may be wise to hide their true face - although in these strange times, who knows what is truly true, if truth exists at all?
Ask Yourself: Do We Wear The Masks, Or Do The Masks Wear Us?
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Mask rarity and abilities
Sigils
The Siena Jolly Mask
Other Mask Variations
Lore and Culture
A Story Unfolds
Deep in the Labyrinth, the Masquerade is Only Beginning