Often used by outlaws and others being sought by authorities or vengeful private citizens, the jaod, or “mask of living flesh,” is an unintelligent creature that adheres to the skin of a warm-blooded mammal and lives in symbiosis with its host. A wearer or assistant can shape a jaod so that its surface appearance is altered in limited ways. As a result, a jaod can augment one’s bosom, replace missing digits or an extremity, reshape the torso, or—by far their most popular use—serve as a living, long-term face mask.
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Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms® setting on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, plus he writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is happiest when churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. He still has a few rooms in his house in which he has space left to pile up papers.