First of all, I'm happy that you guys feel comfortable enough to openly present your views like this. I don't ever want anyone to feel like they should stay quiet about something that's bothering them just because they're afraid of the backlash.
Now, on to your argument.
The basic premise of your post (and Drae's post, as far as I can tell) is that you feel the Maru's masks, despite being earned through well-written, responsible roleplaying, are too prone to godmodding, and thus they shouldn't be allowed, regardless of how responsible players have proved themselves in the past. You feel that these masks make the playing field uneven, and that, because of their presence, all players are no longer equal.
Is this what you're saying? I just want to make sure I'm clear on this, because I don't want to reply to something I thought you said but didn't actually say.
Now, on to my reply.
The Maru's masks were contest rewards. Oreius did not receive the Kanohi Auporo because Nuju likes me better than you; I received a reward because I entered a contest and played well enough to win. I'd say that's fair, wouldn't you? Most RPG's have a rule somewhere that says something to the effect of "good roleplaying will be rewarded." We played well; we were rewarded. I don't see how that is unfair. If you play well, you can be rewarded, too.
You don't seem to have much of a problem with that, though. What i'm understanding is that you feel the masks will make the Maru too powerful to challenge. On the surface, this seems a legitimate concern, but it is ill-founded.
The key fact that you are missing from your argument is so crucial that I feel I must embolden it to make sure it is clear: all characters are on an equal playing field.
I'll say it again: all characters are on an equal playing field.
Does Oreius' Mask of Weaknesses make him a stronger character than he was prior? Yes. Does it make him less likely to be beaten? No. Here's why:
You can beef up your character's skills and strengths all you want, but it was been demonstrated time and time again that IC traits do not trump good roleplaying. There have been many instances in this game where Matoran characters have triumphed over Toa, Skakdi, Vortixx, and Rahi, because brains, nine times out of ten, are superior to brawn.
Yes, the Maru are stronger characters than they were before, but they are still playing on the same field.
An example: no matter how good a basketball player is, he's still playing on the same court as everyone else. The hoops are the same height, and the free-throw line is the same distance from the basket as it is for everyone else. Yes, he has a personal advantage, but he is playing the same game as everyone else, and thus can be beaten.
If one of your characters were to engage Oreius in battle, his personal traits would not overrule the personal traits of your character. He could still be beaten, if you played smart and if you played well. Chances are, if you played well enough, I would be impressed and give you the victory, because I like good roleplaying. Our characters will always be on the same playing field, regardless of age, gender, height, weight, skill, or experience.
In the end, the character does not matter. It is the roleplayer who matters. If you play well, you can win, and you can be rewarded. The Maru are examples to follow, not to fear: they are the example of what you can get if you continue to play well.