The Masquerade Drop

In the past, there was a tradition called the Masquerade, where vampires kept their supernatural existence a secret from mortals. They used all sorts of excuses, stories, and and supernatural manipulation to follow this tradition. And they were about as good at it as we’ve seen in past LARP chronicles: which is to say, kinda mediocre.

There are always a few people everywhere who know about vampires. Some ghouls, some hunters, some friends, some family. But most of them think “I can’t talk about vampires. It’s a secret, and no one will believe me!” But as more and more vampires accumulated more and more confidants, the secret started to get out. Through friends of friends, cryptically accurate blog posts, and inexplicable incidents. Soon, the people who knew started running into each other, and realizing that vampires weren’t as much of a secret as they thought.

These discoveries culminated into a major event. On June 17th, 1967, a vampire in Lone Oak Valley, the city where the story takes place, decided to run for mayor. It was going pretty well, up until they had to face the worst question they’d ever heard: “Are you a vampire?”

A significant quantity of the crowd was willing to take the question seriously. Seeing that, the candidate took a chance on an unexpected answer: “Yes.” They agreed, explained, and for the first time ever, gave the world an impression of what vampires were like. It hit the newspapers and radio quicker than any other small-town news ever had. Soon, the whole world knew about vampires.

Although some mortals were vehemently against vampires, and some vampires strongly believed themselves above mortals, none of them were willing to spark a world-wide supernatural war. Beyond scattered battles, neither side coordinated into a full-fledged army. There was enough of a middle ground for information to spread, and for some basic laws to be established. For the most part, vampires were subject to the same laws as mortals (with a few exceptions for drawing blood), and vampires who broke the law were subject to similar punishments. Hunters in each area trained the police force until they were capable of enforcing the law. (You can read a bit more about the law as it pertains to vampires here!)

At the start of game, the world has calmed down enough for some semblance of stability. The change is recent enough that plenty of vampires (and even some elderly mortals) still remember when the Masquerade was around, and some are bitter that the change is so irreversible. Others are glad to speak freely, and understand the other side a little better. Though tensions occasionally arise, the majority of vampires and mortals alike found peace preferable to war.

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