The Elementalist: Grand Masquerade (Book IV)

No one has seen or heard from Voi Román, who’s been accused of collaborating with Haran terrorists and plotting the The Breakout, letting hundreds of mental patients loose on streets across the West. The catastrophic events that took place shortly thereafter were explained away by the League as “coordinated acts of illusion and terrorism.” Though, with mysterious graffiti of silhouetted masquerade masks appearing on buildings along with posters of Voi disguised as her former barnstorming personality Aeronetti proclaiming the message, “See past The Masque…”

…Some remain skeptical.

League citizens are being asked to report sightings of potential rogue emelesiacs to authorities—for such “Rogues” were exposed during The Breakout to ambrosia: a contraband drug believed to trigger “extreme psychosis” in emelesiacs especially.  A list of suspected individuals with the rare condition has been released to aid in the tedious search for Rogues with posters including photographs of the League’s most wanted emelesiacs—including “Aeronetti”—also dispersed throughout metropolitan areas. However, many have long since gone into hiding, drawing out the search for well over a year.

A mandated curfew and houseraids by authorities has many citizens on edge. Everything changes when a cryptic radio announcement broadcasts internationally, heralding a troupe of masked vigilantes using guerilla tactics to thwart the League’s attempts at supressing the truth about emelesiacs by luring public interest with spontaneous street acts before quickly dispersing and blending in with the crowd to avoid authorities. Rumor has it that their proproganda is spreading throughout speakeasies, secretly recruiting those with proven faith in their cause. “See past the Grand Masquerade,” they announce over the radio, “for the enemy is in plain sight; fear not The Masqued—for we are the suppressed, the used, the gifted…

“Aeronetti lives.”

The Elementalist: Grand Masquerade (TEGRAM) is the fourth novel of the dieselpunk fantasy series The Elementalist, harkening back to the golden age of The League of Nations, globe-trotting aviators, and majestic luxury airships in the world of Element 7—where a connection with the natural elements is a tangible thing, the power of the mind knows no bounds, and the governing of such forces becomes a cause worth fighting for.

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Status: brainstorming preliminary scene ideas. (Number of scenes currently planned: 3.)

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