The old, the desperate poor have taken to wearing masks. And in these crude pieces of wood adorned with feathers, they present themselves, one after another one, to all who know their name. Then these masked ones fall lifeless, like spent husks.
People say doing this will give you a young, beautiful body. People say take a mask if you want to start over. People say children in nearby villages are singing strange songs and leaving home. And that the Emperor himself has started touring the land in a golden chariot, wearing a mask. People say more and more of the crowds that line the roads to watch him pass stand silent in masks as well.