The Veil

The last thing you should trust is your memories.
  Even now, with cameras watching every move and corporations monitoring every twitch of their consumers' life, Magic remain secret, just as it have through the ages. It is a cosmic force of self-enforcing secrecy that draws the blinders over the eyes of humans, shrouds machinery, and manipulates history. Magicians call this force the Veil; blinding mankind to the horrors and complexities of truth.  

The Veil Is Drawn

All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.  
— Agent Kay, the Men In Black movie
  Insidious and pervasive, the Veil works to cloak the secrets of the world from the uninitiated by worming its way in any way necessary. It changes memories, alters objects, and has shown itself more than capable of adapting to the ever-changing march of technology. Human minds, always fallible, are the first thing to fall, and memories of what happened falter before the first statement is given to the cops. First, it's subtle. Spells and whiz-bang relics are remembered as firearms or other modern weaponry, while ghouls and goblins are replaced by muggers and murderers.  
Records aren't any safer, with written words changing - and who's to say what was really on that police report, anyway? Things get lost in the shuffle, left to gather dust in storage, or always seem to fall in the hands of those too lazy or inept to really care about it. Through coincidence and an unfortunate sequence of events, things strive to remain unknown.   Technology suffers similar fates. Recordings change or get lost, internet uploads fail, files are corrupted, and memories of what was really on them start to slip too. Once the Veil begins to close, it's difficult to stop, and the changes it makes grow, sowing doubts and forgetfulness. Photos that might've once showed that monster clear as day just show a wild animal or indistinct shape.
 
Then there's the big question: is the Veil sentient? Some argue that its alterations are too calculated to be simple gravity of secrecy - thermodynamic, they say, does not display as much of a sense of ironic humor as the Veil.   Others are less convinced, but maybe they've been duped by it, too.
  From there, the Veil works backward in time and space. As time goes, the change reacher further back and twists ever more things to fit the corrected narrative. Recollections about discrepancies fade and doubts fade into obscurity. More and more, the change creeps in deeper and deeper. Once its barbs are in, the Veil never lets go. History changes retroactively, and what was once an exciting new conspiracy theory bleeds dry into gray disinterest.   There's no telling just how far back into history the Veil has reached to cloak accident and indiscretion - not even magi know. Decades, even centuries, of human history might be nothing more than a fabrication made to keep mankind ignorant... Or safe.
 

Awareness

Witch, warlock, wizard - no matter what they're called, they are all separated from the rest of mankind by what they call awareness. Not just theoretical knowledge or a belief, awareness is a mystical state of being - a deep, primitive instinct that tells you that the world isn't what it seems. The Aware aren't affected by the Veil - presumably, they're already in on its secrets.  
Awareness
Condition | Apr 14, 2021

More than just knowledge, it is the instinctive, gut-level feeling about the truth of reality.

 

The Mandela Effect

For all its frailties, the human mind is a stubborn thing, and not everyone forgets like they should. Sometimes, entire parts of history diverge as people fall on different sides of the Veil's manipulation, giving rise to the Mandela effect.   It isn't clear exactly when this happens - if it's a quirk or flaw in the system, or some event too egregious to hide fully - but they're happening more and more often.  
That's not to say a witch can just go around doing as she pleases, friend. If you kill someone, they're still dead, and the electric chair doesn't care what kind of spin the narrative takes there. You never know exactly what it's going to do, but if you think it's there for your sake, you'll be remembered for your stupidity if nothing else.  
— Tsu the Tea-Witch

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14 Apr, 2021 19:42

Ohhhh man, this is so cool!! Love the conspiracy juggled into it, and the way it fits into your world here is awesome! "Decades, even centuries, of human history might be nothing more than a fabrication made to keep mankind in the dark... Or safe." *brain explodes with ideas and theories*


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16 Apr, 2021 13:13

It made so much sense to tie the Mandela Effect into this, I just couldn't resist. Then there's the whole idea that some people subscribe to that the Dark Ages never happened... So much fun :D   Thank you <3


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14 Apr, 2021 20:54

Your layouts never fail to impress. You need to do some 'how to make articles look awesome' things. Because gdamn man...   Also, this is all just so neat. I really like things that are so... off the charts... and I like that that's exactly how this feels. Props for adding in an xfiles quote, too. :3  

Once its barbs are in, the Veil never lets go.

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16 Apr, 2021 13:15

I do have an article about formatting in my Grand Grimoire world, though it's more nuts and bolts and aestetics :)   And yeah, I figured - why not go all out? Things can be subtle and epic at the same time. I think it makes things weird even while making sense. :D   Thank you <3


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14 Apr, 2021 22:24

This is such a great read, I feel like I have to ascend or awaken to read its deeper meanings. As always you are a creative inspiration to the entire community.


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16 Apr, 2021 13:18

Aww, you are too kind <3 I hope I inspire, but I know for sure I'm inspired by the awesome community with people like yourself


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15 Apr, 2021 20:29

Amazing layout! I liked the quote from Men in Black. I could feel the mysterious energy of The Veil around me when I was reading. Will I forget too?

16 Apr, 2021 13:19

You might - that would make the article pretty difficult to share, wouldn't it? Whoops!   Thank you for reading and commenting :D


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17 Apr, 2021 08:58

Sorry for the double ping. I accidentally hit reply. :/       Oooo lovely! Ok, typos first (since you mentioned it's a draft) "monitoring every twitch of their consumers' life, Magic remain secret" I think its supposed to be remains remains and on I'm assuming Magic is supposed to capitalized here as a proper noun. Perhaps ots supposed to say magicians?     Ooooo agent kay reference. I love men in black. Lol fitting for the setting for sure.     I love that people dont just forget here, they actively replace magical items with mundane weapons. That's a nice touch. Oooo and even the evidence changes in a literal way. Nice.   "Recordings change or get lost, internet uploads fail to, and files are corrupted, and memories of what was really on them start to slip too"   I think its "fail too," especially since "slip too" uses two "Os" but one of them is incorrect I believe. Idk. I'm bad at this rule. XD   "it's difficult to stop, and the changes it makes become grow, sowing doubts and forgetfulness."   I think you didnt mean to have become there. Perhaps ots leftover from edits?     "Photos that might've once showed that monster clear as day just show a wild animal or indistinct shape..."     So is this a way of explaining why photos of aliens and bigfoot always appear blurry? It seems like it's much more of a dramatic change, like bigfoot to some other wild animal but just a thought I had. I can get behind that, easily. Nice touch there as well.     "thermodynamic, they say, does not display as much of a sense of ironic humor as the Veil"   Thermodynamics? I really like this quote by the way. It maintains the mystery and gives us information while also not really answering the question.   "are memories warped but consensus change"   I think its changes, or consensuses. Also oof. It straight up alters history?! That's kinda spooky. I like how the veil really plays into how feeble our memory is. Lovely work. That last line... "or safe..." is just... perfection.       Last one here...     "or a belief, awareness is a mystical state of being - a deep, primitive instinct that tells you that the world isn't what it seem"   Seems, I believe.     Also I love you're reasoning and use of the mandala effect here. It fits right in.       Final thoughts are that this is an awesome way of keep the secret world secret, and one that takes it out of the hands of those in the know as well. I always prefer it that way. Makes it seem like reality isn't really on your side, or perhaps it is without you really knowing why. Awesome work as always Q! I hope I helped a bit. Till next time.

18 Apr, 2021 08:30

Thanks so much for the extensive feedback and thoughts - I'll have a look and fix things as I edit them. :D   I wanted to explain why things remain secret, and ended up making ita powerful, pervasive force in the world. To me, it was the only way it really made sense - plus, let me tie in a bunch of conspiracy theories into it! :D


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
24 Apr, 2021 17:25

I love this article. So many possibilities for what could be false. :O I love how you've linked it to the Mandela Effect - that's a connection that makes so much sense.   Great job, Q! :)

25 Apr, 2021 10:27

Thank you very much - it was really a light bulb moment when I thought about the Mandela Effect! Much fun to be had here... :D And I wanted to figure out, how exactly does magic stay secret in these sort of settings?


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26 Apr, 2021 09:09

Ooooh gosh I really love this article! The way the Veil works is really fascinated and I love how it just fits so well with the rest of the vibe of this world.

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28 Apr, 2021 09:01

Thank you :D I think it really does set the tone, haha


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13 May, 2021 18:29

Any time you can successfully include a MIB quote, I gotta appreciate it.

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16 May, 2021 09:05

:D


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