It is not uncommon for the refined people of high society to seek unique and unusual pleasures. The noble houses of the City were no exception. The customary expensive wines, banquets, and music became tedious over time, as did all fashions.
For their entertainment, the rich then turned to occultism and other more decadent and dangerous arts. Their boredom was finally soothed by a rumour that spread quickly: some mysterious rotting temple had just been discovered beneath the City. What better setting to organize a dance? And what better occasion for a Masquerade Ball?