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Many consider Atebus home today, but it wasn't always so. Some centuries ago, the Subetan monarchs, looking to expand their empire, planted colonies on the yet unexplored moon. The colonies flourished as they mined its resources and traded with the indigenous people of Atebus. Over time, the colonies industrialized their towns and developed their own technologies based on steam.

While Subeta's rulers had until then enjoyed good relations and a steady inflow of resources from its colonies, they became uneasy when they saw how powerful their once small colonies were growing and what kind of technology it was developing. Wary, they resolved to be more watchful and began putting various regulations in place. These colonists, who by now had started to develop their own culture and no longer felt a part of the Subetan empire, resented being placed in a stranglehold. They continued to develop their technologies in secret and plotted to break away when they were powerful enough to challenge this authority.

Tensions were high and colonists were more than bitter, but it was vital that they maintain a good relationship with their rulers, or at least appear to. Unsurprisingly, the success of the revolution depended on the supplies produced by laborers, the arms developed by researchers, and the information gathered by spies.

However, the fate of the colonies hinged upon a less likely set of revolutionaries: society men and women. The rich and privileged were the only colonists who ever had the chance to mingle with Subetans at high-class balls; after all, travel was hardly cheap. And so, even Atebus' society men and women, normally vapid and useless, waged war in plush ballrooms. While revolutionaries donned literal masks, they donned figurative ones whenever they smiled and lied to the faces of Subeta's elite. They, too, were responsible for keeping their rulers in the dark and maintaining the illusion that nothing out of the ordinary was happening.

The outcome of the revolution is common knowledge to anyone who has ever leafed through a history book, and the revolution itself is glorified on another page of Atebus history. The annual Masquerade, however, is a way of celebrating this particular piece of history and all of the secrets hidden behind masks in important balls past.

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