The Masque of the Red Death


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  • A new disease had been sweeping the country. Dubbed "the Red Death", it caused any who contracted it to bleed profusely through the pours and die within half an hour.
  • To protect himself, the prince Prospero sealed himself and a thousand other members of high society into a welded-shut abbey. He and his friends spent months in there before eventually deciding to throw a masque.
  • The prince's party was extravagant and bizarre, taking place among seven rooms of various colors in a very strangely organized hall. Everyone was having a grand and happy time, completely ignoring the death outside. 
  • The party was going well until a stranger appeared, dressed in a red cloak and speckled with blood not unlike a victim of the Red Death. Prince Prospero was outraged at his appearance, and demanded him to be seized and hung.
  • He chased the cloaked figure through all seven rooms. Upon taking off the figure's cloak, it was revealed that they weren't a man at all - they were the Red Death itself, come to claim the people who thought they could hide from it.
  • The Red Death quickly killed everyone in the abbey, starting with Prince Prospero; his attempt to escape death had failed.
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