Great story about a magical library, and a creature inside, and a story contest
One of the trickiest things, historically, about having a global conspiracy to conceal a society-wide masquerade, is how you keep your secret knowledge and art hidden from the people on the outside but still accessible to people on the inside.
Successfully hiding something relies upon having a robust knowledge of what, exactly, you are and are not trying to hide. If you aren’t able to learn enough about the secret you’re hiding to make full use of it, then it’s questionable whether the secret is valuable enough to keep. And even just looking at art for art’s sake, even on the fiction side, people aren’t ever going to stop wanting to explore the realities of existence through stories and artwork just because their understanding of what counts as realistic is a little different.
The International Bibliomanes of Mancy were one of the oldest still-active parts of the solution to that…
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