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Urban Fantasy: Why a Masquerade?

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We tackled what the Masquerade is and some of the reasons why an author would use it in his work. Now lets talk about the reason for the Masquerade within the work itself. The primary reason given for the Masquerade is protection which comes in several forms:

  1. “The World is Not Ready”: Revealing the existence of whatever lurks in the darkness would bring pandemonium and fear to the masses and alter our world in ways that are unimaginable. In some settings dark forces feed on fear as well, so terrorizing the populous would make it easier for them to take over or do whatever is that they are planning to do.
  2. “Thous Shall Not Suffer a Witch to Live”: The supernatural in a modern world has to content with being outnumbered, outgunned (technology is the great equalizer) and hated. If you found out someone could read minds, raise the dead or feed on humanity, what would you do? The answer usually comes in the form of “kill’em all!”  Humanity tends to destroy what they do not understand, or cruelly exploit it to control/destroy others.

In essence the above lines are the two sides of the same coin.  Without the Masquerade the world would go down a violent slippery slope that would make two World Wars look like kids throwing spitballs at each other in the back of the classroom.

The problem is how you maintain the Masquerade.

But that is a subject for another post.


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