What happens to character if sanity is at critical and hands off burial mask?

We assumed the character would die, but we thought there might have been an exception.

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    More information about what the item is and does would help.
    – Joe W
    Jan 29, 2019 at 0:44
  • Burial mask is an item card. It's also heirloomed providing the sanity +1
    – TJR
    Jan 30, 2019 at 2:38
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    Can you edit the item text into the question and possibly provide spoiler text since it is a legacy game.
    – Joe W
    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:26

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If the player is at their lowest amount of sanity after the haunt starts and the item is dropped or stolen they immediately lose the +1 sanity benefit the item gave them and would go insane (die).

I couldn't find any references to this in either Legacy or Betrayal rulebooks but it seems that all heirloom effects belong to that heirloomed item and to benefit from those effects you must have it in your families possession.

I actually reached out to Avalon Hill asking this question and fantastic support rep Frank sent this response:

If an item grants a benefit and it doesn't specify permanent benefits, "discard" or "destroy" this card upon use, then the benefit is lost if the item is lost. Benefits granted by items only last as long as you have the item, unless otherwise stated. Because of the above concept it does seem the character would die if that item was keeping them alive i.e. only 1 sanity remained and they lost the item. However, keep in mind if the rules are not specified in the rulebook you and your group can decide what makes the game most fun.

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