The Helmet of Dream is a mask of pure dream stuff and is one of his three symbols of office; the other two being his sand pouch and the Dreamstone. Dream crafted the helmet himself ages ago, sculpted from the bones of a dead god. In 1916, Dream was captured due to the efforts of an occultist named Roderick Burgess. Burgess imprisoned Dream in a mystic circle and kept his tools of office for himself. In 1930, Roderick's second-in-command, Ruthven Sykes, stole the helmet and ran off to San Francisco. In December of that year, Sykes bartered the helm with a demon named Choronzon. In exchange, Choronzon gave Sykes an amulet that would protect him from magic. The helm remained the property of Choronzon for more than seventy years. Dream eventually freed himself and journeyed to Hell to reclaim his property. In order to do so however, he had to accept a challenge from Choronzon himself. The demon challenged Dream to a duel of wits, with all of reality serving as their battlefield. Dream bested Choronzon at his own game and took possession of his helmet.
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