Thursday, April 7, 2016

A to Z of Grave New World 2016: F is for Freemasons

A general note, this is purely a work of fiction and has no basis in fact, merely storytelling.

Welcome to a Grave New World, where humans rub shoulder to shoulder with the monsters from folklore.

The Freemasons have shaped the face of our nation since the colonial days of the New World. Many of our Founding Fathers belonged to the ancient order and when they declared their independence, they immediately began scheming for ways to defeat Great Britain. It was a Chapter House in Boston that initially began communicating with Eleanor Sith, a very rare type of inhuman known as a vrykolakas, that has the curse of both lycanthropy and vampirism. With Sith's help, the Freemasons began negotiating with many supernatural beings and convinced them to help in fighting the Redcoats and preserve their independence. After all, the persecution the inhumans faced from the British government was far more unpleasant than what the Freemasons offered.

After winning the war, the Freemasons continued to maintain control with many of our earliest leaders being prominent members of the secret society.

In his book, Mason and Dixon, Robert Edward Chambers offers convincing proof that the Freemasons, who'd lost control in much of the Southern United States, manipulated the Memphis Pack of lycanthropes into declaring its pogrom on their hated vampire enemies from days of the late Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt. This pressure essentially forced the succession and formation of the Confederate States of American and the order went on to force Lincoln's hand in declaring war.

The secret society began to see it's power base erode in the late 19th century and was shocked when it's influence couldn't prevent the nation's entry into World War I. The order strongly believed that the U.S. had no need to tie itself to the affairs of Europe and remained almost in hiding until the late 1950s. It was then that it began to renew it's solidification of power with the U.S. government with a new generation of Freemasons eager to take back their country in positions of power. And by the end of 20th century had secured its hold and began to guide it's country back on the path it desired.

While many activists point to great strides in inhuman rights, the vigilant among them can point at increasing draconian policies and the general loss of civil rights for all citizens starting after the September 11th attacks on New York, Washington D.C., and Boston. Conspiracy theorists are quick to point out that Al Queada has nt history of employing Inhumans and that their involvement in the second "Boston Massacre" needs to be more deeply investigated. Critics also point to the fact that Boston Mayor, Jonathan Braddock, has been a member of the Freemasons since he was nineteen.

There is a growing concern among the Inhuman community that perhaps the Great Experiment might be teetering on the brink of extinction and the "preppers" amongst them have begun preparing for the worst. An alarming trend is that some of the largest malcontents have already committed some high profile assaults and murders of humans, which ends up working against the community's goal of preserving their status as full and equal citizens of the United States of America.

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