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21st Nov '17 12:47:27 PM SebastianGray
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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the [[SpaceElves Aeldari]] followers of the [[TheTrickster Laughing God Cegorach]] believe that their patron travels [[PortalNetwork the Webway]] disguised as a regular Harlequin player to personally fight against the forces of [[ArchEnemy She Who Thirsts]].
13th Nov '17 6:10:36 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', Victoria and Albert go for a ride in Scotland and, despite Albert's "[[InformedAbility excellent sense of direction]]", get completely lost. By nightfall, they end up happening upon a farmhouse and are taken in by an elderly couple. They keep their identities secret and end up enjoying the simple fireplace-cooked meal and the company. While the elderly couple can tell that they're not from around there (Victoria is clearly English, and Albert is clearly German), they claim to be factory owners in London (well, Victoria corrects that ''she'' owns the factory, and Albert helps with the paperwork). The soldiers, sent by the local Scottish lord, finally manage to locate the farm by morning, although the soldiers fail to recognize their queen at first. As soon as she says her name, though, they stand at attention, and the farmer removes his hat.

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* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', Victoria and Albert go for a ride in Scotland and, despite Albert's "[[InformedAbility excellent sense of direction]]", get completely lost. By nightfall, they end up happening upon a farmhouse and are taken in by an elderly couple. They keep their identities secret and end up enjoying the simple fireplace-cooked meal and the company. While the elderly couple can tell that they're not from around there (Victoria is clearly English, and Albert is clearly German), they claim to be factory owners in London (well, Victoria corrects that ''she'' owns the factory, and Albert helps with the paperwork). The soldiers, sent by the local Scottish lord, lord (who's freaked out that the Queen got lost on his watch), finally manage to locate the farm by morning, although the soldiers fail to recognize their queen at first. As soon as she says her name, though, they stand at attention, and the farmer removes his hat.
13th Nov '17 6:07:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', Victoria and Albert go for a ride in Scotland and, despite Albert's "[[InformedAbility excellent sense of direction]]", get completely lost. By nightfall, they end up happening upon a farmhouse and are taken in by an elderly couple. They keep their identities secret and end up enjoying the simple fireplace-cooked meal and the company. While the elderly couple can tell that they're not from around there (Victoria is clearly English, and Albert is clearly German), they claim to be factory owners in London (well, Victoria corrects that ''she'' owns the factory, and Albert helps with the paperwork). The soldiers, sent by the local Scottish lord, finally manage to locate the farm by morning, although the soldiers fail to recognize their queen at first. As soon as she says her name, though, they stand at attention, and the farmer removes his hat.
5th Nov '17 6:04:25 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's {{Ruritania}}n novel ''The Prince Commands'', Michael Karl, soon to be King of Morvania as a result of his cousin Urlich Karl's death, is captured by a bandit known as The Werewolf, a prime suspect, who makes no secret of his dislike for the royal family. Protests too much, methinks, because [[spoiler: The Werewolf '''is''' Urlich Karl, using that role to build [[LaResistance a loyal army]] while '''also''' posing as an American journalist to ferret out [[AristocratsAreEvil traitors among the nobility]].]]

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's {{Ruritania}}n novel ''The Prince Commands'', ''Literature/ThePrinceCommands'', Michael Karl, soon to be King of Morvania as a result of his cousin Urlich Karl's death, is captured by a bandit known as The Werewolf, a prime suspect, who makes no secret of his dislike for the royal family. Protests too much, methinks, because [[spoiler: The Werewolf '''is''' Urlich Karl, using that role to build [[LaResistance a loyal army]] while '''also''' posing as an American journalist to ferret out [[AristocratsAreEvil traitors among the nobility]].]]
4th Nov '17 10:18:20 PM Thunderchin
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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoOnline'', the X over a player's radar blip is the ''only'' indication that a player is leading an Organization or Motorcycle Club. Otherwise, they tend to function identically to their subordinates and do the same dirty work. In the case of Motorcycle Clubs, roles other than President are indistinguishable from others entirely.
4th Nov '17 6:46:07 PM LadyNorbert
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* A variant is found in ''[[Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook Skyhold Academy]]''. Almost no one knows that the Commander of Ferelden's [[Franchise/DragonAge Grey Wardens]] is actually [[spoiler:the First Lady of Ferelden]]. TheReveal stuns the school staff.



* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had King Arthur posing as a peasant to save his daughter.

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* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had has King Arthur posing as a peasant to save his daughter.younger daughter. It also has [[spoiler:his elder daughter masquerading as the Black Knight]].



* ''Film/GetAClue'', set in New York City 2002, has a homeless man as a recurring background character. It is revealed in the end [[spoiler:he is a city councilman who has spent the last month living as a homeless man to better understand the plight of the poor]].

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* ''Film/GetAClue'', set in New York City 2002, has a homeless man as a recurring background character. It is revealed in the end that [[spoiler:he is a city councilman councilman, who has spent the last month living as a homeless man to better understand the plight of the poor]].



* Used by Thomas, Lord of the obscure British castle of Magnus in Sigmund Brouwer's ''Literature/WingsOfDawn''; officially, he's terribly sick and close to death for the last six months, while in reality he's been in hiding from the Druid conspiracy that seeks his castle and his books, and terribly sick of being stuck inside that long, so he goes undercover to get some fresh air and find out what's happened in the meantime. Good thing, too, since the Druids strike while he's gone.

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* Used by Thomas, Lord of the obscure British castle of Magnus Magnus, in Sigmund Brouwer's ''Literature/WingsOfDawn''; officially, he's terribly sick and close to death for the last six months, while in reality he's been in hiding from the Druid conspiracy that seeks his castle and his books, and terribly sick of being stuck inside that long, so he goes undercover to get some fresh air and find out what's happened in the meantime. Good thing, too, since the Druids strike while he's gone.



** In "Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister", the Sultan, having just buried his father and assumed the title, disguises himself to check out how his people are receiving the change. He overhears three sisters discussing their "If I could have one wish" fantasies, in which one says she'd marry the Sultan's chief baker, the next says she'd marry the chief cook, and the youngest says "Nothing less than the Sultan himself" - so the Sultan decides to make their wishes come true.

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** In "Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister", the Sultan, having just buried his father and assumed the title, disguises himself to check out how his people are receiving the change. He overhears three sisters discussing their "If I could have one wish" fantasies, in which one says she'd marry the Sultan's chief baker, the next says she'd marry the chief cook, and the youngest says says, "Nothing less than the Sultan himself" - so the Sultan decides to make their wishes come true.



** In a way, [[spoiler: Carrot]] in the books. While no one knows for certain, everyone suspects and generally doesn't care. He doesn't want to be king and they are fine with that. It helps the last guy to press the matter [[spoiler:is killed by Carrot, who jammed his sword through the man and into the stone pillar behind him]].

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** In a way, [[spoiler: Carrot]] in the books. While no one knows for certain, everyone suspects and generally doesn't care. He doesn't want to be king and they are fine with that. It helps that the last guy to press the matter [[spoiler:is killed by Carrot, who jammed his sword through the man and into the stone pillar behind him]].



* Prince Gwydion and Fflewddur Fflam of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' both travel around the countryside in simple traveling garb. Both cases are heavily subverted though. The protagonist of the series, Taran, recognizes Gwydion within minutes of meeting him and is actually shocked and disappointed to not find him in more regal garb. Gwydion uses it as a lesson to not judge others by their appearance alone. Fflewddur meanwhile makes a point out of boasting how he is a king (of a rather small kingdom, but a king nonetheless), thereby voiding the "Incognito" portion of "KingIncognito".

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* Prince Gwydion and Fflewddur Fflam of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' both travel around the countryside in simple traveling garb. Both cases are heavily subverted subverted, though. The protagonist of the series, Taran, recognizes Gwydion within minutes of meeting him and is actually shocked and disappointed to not find him in more regal garb. Gwydion uses it as a lesson to not judge others by their appearance alone. Fflewddur meanwhile Fflewddur, meanwhile, makes a point out of boasting how he is a king (of a rather small kingdom, but a king nonetheless), thereby voiding the "Incognito" portion of "KingIncognito".



* KingArthur did this in ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', to no one's benefit. However he did give King Arthur a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he knowingly exposes himself to infection by carrying a smallpox stricken child to die in the arms of her equally ill mother.

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* KingArthur did does this in ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', to no one's benefit. However he did However, it does give King Arthur a CrowningMomentOfAwesome CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he knowingly exposes himself to infection by carrying a smallpox stricken child to die in the arms of her equally ill mother.



* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': In ''The Mallorean'' series, Zakath's default state is ModestRoyalty. Except when forced to ride around in expensive robes, wearing a heavy crown, he prefers wearing simple white linen - both when travelling and when dealing with the day-to-day work of being Emperor of Mallorea. As a result, no-one ever recognises when he does travel around the city. When he joins Garion's group, the last thing they want is to have Zakath recognised at every turn but, because of his usual spartan style, they don't have much to work with. When they conclude that the main problem will be the fact his face is stamped onto every single coin in the empire, the only change he ends up making to his appearance to make it even harder to recognise him is... to grow a beard.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': In ''The Mallorean'' Malloreon'' series, Zakath's default state is ModestRoyalty. Except when forced to ride around in expensive robes, wearing a heavy crown, he prefers wearing simple white linen - both when travelling and when dealing with the day-to-day work of being Emperor of Mallorea. As a result, no-one ever recognises when he does travel around the city. When he joins Garion's group, the last thing they want is to have Zakath recognised at every turn but, because of his usual spartan style, they don't have much to work with. When they conclude that the main problem will be the fact his face is stamped onto every single coin in the empire, the only change he ends up making to his appearance to make it even harder to recognise him is... to grow a beard.



* In Claire Madras's ''Sissi in Ireland'', Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (aka Sissi) disguised herself as a "mere" Austrian countess to travel through a highly fictionalised Ireland of the late XIX century. Only her original hosts know who she is... but due to the gossip of their household staff, Sissi's cover is revealed to a local [[ModestRoyalty noble yet very simple-living]] Irish family that she had befriended, and who then swear secrecy. [[spoiler: In the last chapter of the blook, Sissi willingly presents herself as the Austro-Hungarian Empress in a high-class ball, much to the shock of these who still didn't know.]]

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* In Claire Madras's ''Sissi in Ireland'', Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (aka Sissi) disguised herself as a "mere" Austrian countess to travel through a highly fictionalised Ireland of the late XIX century. Only her original hosts know who she is... but due to the gossip of their household staff, Sissi's cover is revealed to a local [[ModestRoyalty noble yet very simple-living]] Irish family that family, whom she had befriended, and who then swear secrecy. [[spoiler: In the last chapter of the blook, book, Sissi willingly presents herself as the Austro-Hungarian Empress in a high-class ball, much to the shock of these who still didn't know.]]



* In ''Literature/TheLostPrince'', many generations of the legendary Lost Prince's descendents have lived incognito while preparing for the day they can pull a {{Rightful King Return|s}} without some SketchySuccessor immediately arranging for them to get lost again. When the protagonists are formally introduced to the Returned King at the end of the novel, it turns out to be someone they've met before on multiple occasions without knowing his heritage.

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* In ''Literature/TheLostPrince'', many generations of the legendary Lost Prince's descendents descendants have lived incognito while preparing for the day they can pull a {{Rightful King Return|s}} without some SketchySuccessor immediately arranging for them to get lost again. When the protagonists are formally introduced to the Returned King at the end of the novel, it turns out to be someone they've met before on multiple occasions without knowing his heritage.



* In ''Literature/DorothyMustDie'', Ozma is the brain-fried rightful ruler of Oz. [[spoiler:The boy she grew up as, transformed as a baby by Mombi, still rides in a corner of her mind, and sometimes [[GenderBender emerges, transforming Ozma's body]]. His mind is intact, and he renamed himself Pete]].

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* In ''Literature/DorothyMustDie'', Ozma is the brain-fried rightful ruler of Oz. [[spoiler:The boy she grew up as, transformed as a baby by Mombi, still rides resides in a corner of her mind, and sometimes [[GenderBender emerges, transforming Ozma's body]]. His mind is intact, and he renamed himself Pete]].



** In ''Summer Knight'' Queen Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, assumes the moniker of Ms. Sommerset to meet with Harry Dresden in his Private investigator's office. While she still dressed in what looks like a $3,000-pantsuit, Mab is a genuine PhysicalGoddess and needs to see Harry's character before hiring him for a job.

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** In ''Summer Knight'' Queen Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, assumes the moniker of Ms. Sommerset to meet with Harry Dresden in his Private investigator's office. While she still dressed dresses in what looks like a $3,000-pantsuit, $3,000 pantsuit, Mab is a genuine PhysicalGoddess and needs to see Harry's character before hiring him for a job.



* In "A Scandal in Bohemia," Literature/SherlockHolmes takes the young King of Bohemia as his client. He shows up wearing a mask and going by a fake title, but once Holmes reveals that he knows exactly who is seeking his services, he gives up the masquerade.



* One of the founding myths of ancient Athens was that its semilegendary last ruling king, Codrus, heard a prophecy that if the city was to be saved from the attacking Dorians, an Athenian king would have to die. Codrus therefore disguised himself as a peasant, found a Dorian encampment, provoked the garrison, and was killed in the ensuing quarrel. After this, everyone agreed that this was a ToughActToFollow and that therefore Athens would never again have a king; his descendants were instead given a hereditary post in the judiciary with additional religious duties.[[note]]To give a comparison for those not sure what this means: Imagine if [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor George VI]] had had a vision that the only way Britain would survive the Blitz would be if he were to disguise himself as an ordinary member of the RAF and fly reckless missions until the Luftwaffe shot him down, and the response being for the Royal Family to willingly agree to Britain to become a republic, but the people saying "Only if the person who ''would'' be the monarch is always Chief Justice and also the Archbishop of Canterbury." Such was Greece.[[/note]]

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* One of the founding myths of ancient Athens was that its semilegendary semi-legendary last ruling king, Codrus, heard a prophecy that if the city was to be saved from the attacking Dorians, an Athenian king would have to die. Codrus therefore disguised himself as a peasant, found a Dorian encampment, provoked the garrison, and was killed in the ensuing quarrel. After this, everyone agreed that this was a ToughActToFollow and that therefore Athens would never again have a king; his descendants were instead given a hereditary post in the judiciary with additional religious duties.[[note]]To give a comparison for those not sure what this means: Imagine if [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor George VI]] had had a vision that the only way Britain would survive the Blitz would be if he were to disguise himself as an ordinary member of the RAF and fly reckless missions until the Luftwaffe shot him down, and the response being for the Royal Family to willingly agree to Britain to become a republic, but the people saying "Only if the person who ''would'' be the monarch is always Chief Justice and also the Archbishop of Canterbury." Such was Greece.[[/note]]



* Odysseus, on returning from his odyssey, spied out his home incogntito.

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* Odysseus, on returning from his odyssey, spied out his home incogntito.incognito.



** Tiber Septim, who founded the 3rd Empire of Tamriel and [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to]] [[GodEmperor divinity]] upon his death, is believed to have made a few incognito appearances in the series. To note:

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** Tiber Septim, who founded the 3rd Third Empire of Tamriel and [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to]] [[GodEmperor divinity]] upon his death, is believed to have made a few incognito appearances in the series. To note:



** [[spoiler: Zelda]] while disguised as Shiek in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''

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** [[spoiler: Zelda]] while disguised as Shiek Sheik in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''



** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', there's [[spoiler:Midna]], who happens to be the eponymous Twilight Princess. But we don't find that out until near the end of the game.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', there's [[spoiler:Midna]], who happens to be the eponymous Twilight Princess. But we don't find that out until near the end of the game. Zelda herself is somewhat disguised, but not for long.



** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' - He can't be sure, but Iron Bull ''thinks'' that "Grim" from his mercenary company is some kind of wandering royalty.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' - has a somewhat humorous example. He can't be sure, but Iron Bull ''thinks'' that "Grim" from his mercenary company is some kind of wandering royalty.



** In the sixth game, Alexander can either make a point of using his princely status to try to make things go his way (it doesn't work, but it's an important plot point), or remain incognito. Generally he doesn't bother to call himself "Prince Alexander" unless his status would help him somehow.

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** In the sixth game, Alexander can either make a point of using his princely status to try to make things go his way (it doesn't work, but it's an important plot point), or remain incognito. Generally Generally, he doesn't bother to call himself "Prince Alexander" unless his status would help him somehow.



* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': When Alfred and Professor Paljas visit one of Rameses' relatives in Egypt, they are also introduced to that man's granddaughter. She's later revealed to be the reigning Pharaoh.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': When Alfred and Professor Paljas visit one of Rameses' Rameses's relatives in Egypt, they are also introduced to that man's granddaughter. She's later revealed to be the reigning Pharaoh.



* Queen Elizabeth II

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* Queen Elizabeth II has done this a few times.



* King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands once participated in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfstedentocht legendary 200 kilometer ice-skating endurance race]] while he was Crown Prince under the pseudonym W.A van Buren. After a while he got recognized, both Queen Beatrix and his father were present when he finished.

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* King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands once participated in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfstedentocht legendary 200 kilometer ice-skating endurance race]] while he was Crown Prince under the pseudonym W.A A. van Buren. After a while he got recognized, recognized; both Queen Beatrix and his father were present when he finished.
25th Oct '17 5:26:06 PM Andyroid
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* In the Cosgrove Hall adaptation of ''Literature/TheFoolOfTheWorldAndTheFlyingShip'', Princess Alexeya disguises herself as a humble servant in order to get a chance to talk to Piotr the Fool and learn how he came about the flying ship and his strange travelling companions.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'', Mari reveals that she is on noble status to the barkeep [[http://www.moxiecomic.com/comic/pg36/ when she asks where Choco is]].
18th Sep '17 3:46:36 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome throws the head of a murdered man to a deaf beggar and casually discusses the true queen's imprisonment. Not only is Valerius not a beggar but a LaResistance leader, he's [[ObfuscatingDisability not deaf]].

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome throws the head of a murdered man to a deaf beggar and casually discusses the true queen's imprisonment. Not only is Valerius not a beggar but a LaResistance leader, he's [[ObfuscatingDisability not deaf]].
27th Aug '17 1:18:02 PM Wyldchyld
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* In the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Malloreon]]'': Zakath's default state is ModestRoyalty. Except when forced to ride around in expensive robes, wearing a heavy crown, he prefers wearing simple white linen - both when travelling and when dealing with the day-to-day work of being Emperor of Mallorea. As a result, no-one ever recognises when he does travel around the city. When he joins Garion's group, the last thing they want is to have Zakath recognised at every turn but, because of his usual spartan style, they don't have much to work with. When they conclude that the main problem will be the fact his face is stamped onto every single coin in the empire, the only change he ends up making to his appearance to make it even harder to recognise him is... to grow a beard.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': In the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Malloreon]]'': ''The Mallorean'' series, Zakath's default state is ModestRoyalty. Except when forced to ride around in expensive robes, wearing a heavy crown, he prefers wearing simple white linen - both when travelling and when dealing with the day-to-day work of being Emperor of Mallorea. As a result, no-one ever recognises when he does travel around the city. When he joins Garion's group, the last thing they want is to have Zakath recognised at every turn but, because of his usual spartan style, they don't have much to work with. When they conclude that the main problem will be the fact his face is stamped onto every single coin in the empire, the only change he ends up making to his appearance to make it even harder to recognise him is... to grow a beard.
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